ALEXANDRA MARRACCINI is a critic, essayist, and art historian. Her work has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement and elsewhere. She is currently a researcher with the Bilderfahrzeuge Project based at the Warburg Institute, School for Advanced Studies, University of London. Her interests range from baroque complexities to the antiquarianism of painter Cy Twombly, to ekphrasis in the history of poetry, to the materialities of books and libraries. Her academic work is currently focused on the affect theory and the English Baroque. Her current literary work, a book length series of lyrical essays tentatively entitled 'We the Parasites', is an examination of desire, art and the nature of criticism.

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