AboutI am professor of English literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy) where I was Provost (Vice-rector) for the University cultural activities and relations, Director of the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies, Head of a BA programme in Modern Languages and Cultures, and of a Master programme in European, American and Postcolonial Literatures, and Rector’s Deputy for Cultural and Literary Activities.
My prevalent area of research is the literature and culture of the long eighteenth century, but I’m also interested in contemporary literature, comparative literature and reception studies, and the interaction between literature and cinema. I direct a journal English Literature: Theories, Interpretations, Contexts, and a series, “Collana di Letterature Moderne”, both produced at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
I direct the literary festival Incroci di Civiltà – Crossings of Civilizations, held yearly in Venice, for which I interviewed several writers, including Jeanette Winterson, V.S. Naipaul, Cees Nooteboom, David Grossman, Ian McEwan, Jonathan Coe.
Education I hold a degree in Modern literatures from the University of Trieste (1984) and a PhD in English from the University of Florence (1992). I was post-doctoral fellow in English literature at the University of Genoa (1994).
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Selected chapters and articles
- “Like a Jerkin, and a Jerkin’s Lining”: Body, Mind, Sartorial Metaphors, and Sexual Imagery in Sterne’s “Tristram Shandy”. ACME 70 (2017). 27-35 (ISSN 2282-0035)
- Homunculus ab ovo: beginning as continuity and discontinuity in “Tristram Shandy”. Études Anglaises 66 (2013). 214-33 (ISSN 0014-195X)
- Youthful Resentment, Bourgeois (Anti-)Heroism and Sublime Unrest: Conrad’s “The Duel” and Ridley Scott’s “The Duellists”. South Atlantic Review 75:3 (2013). 109-29 (ISSN 0277-335X)
- City heterotopias as the mirror of the Enlightenment Project in Early Eighteenth-Century English Literature: Ward’s “The Amorous Bugbears” and King’s “Journey to London”. Mihaela Irimia, Dragos Ivana (eds.). Author(ity) and the Canon between Institutionalization and Questioning. Bucharest. Rumanian Cultural Institute. 2011. 127-43 (ISBN 9789735776312)
- “Inverted Sublime”: Humorism in the Nineteenth-Century Italian Reception of Swift and Sterne. Hermann J. Real (ed.). Reading Swift: Papers from the Fifth Muenster Symposium on Jonathan Swift. München. Willhem-Fink-Verlag. 2008. 491-518 (ISBN 9783770544028)
- The Italian Reception of Swift. Hermann J. Real (ed.) The Reception of Jonathan Swift in Europe. London-New York. Continuum. 2005. 17-56 (ISBN 9780826468475)
- Pope on the Margins and in the Center. Studies in the Literary Imagination 38:1 (2005). I-XLIV (ISSN 0039-3819)
- The “Audacious” Art of Walking: The Metropolis and the Proto-flâneur in John Gay’s “Trivia”. South Atlantic Review 70: 1 (2005). 71-96 (ISSN 0277-335X)
- Gulliver’s Myopic Reformation: Reason and Evil in Gulliver’s Travels. Rudolph Freibr, Susanne Gruss (eds). “To Vindicate the Ways of God to Man”: Theodicy and Literature, Tübingen. Stauffenburg Verlag. 2004. 181-203 (ISBN 9783860577493)
- La vita e le opinioni di Tristram Shandy, gentiluomo. Milano. Meridiani Mondadori. 2016 (commented edition and translation) / 2018 (PB)
- Rettorica dell’epica: La dissoluzione dell’epica neoclassica e le traduzioni omeriche di Alexander Pope. Bologna-Milan: Monduzzi Cisalpino. 1998
- Jonathan Swift. La Musa e il Decano. Antologia Poetica. Milano. Il Minotauro. 1994 (commented translation)
- Il Wit nel “Tristram Shandy”: Totalità e dialogo. Roma. Edizioni dell’Ateneo. 1987
- International Laurence Sterne Foundation
- Ehrenpreis Centre for Swift Studies
- British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
- Società Italiana per gli Studi sul Secolo XVIII
- the Italian and European Societies for the Study of English (AIA, ESSE)
- the Italian Association of the Teachers of English (member of the direction)
- Associazione Sigismondo Malatesta
- Ateneo Veneto