AboutI am professor of English literature at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy) where I presently serve as Provost (Vice-rector) for the University cultural activities and relations. I was 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 eighteenth-century literature and culture in England, but I’m also interested in contemporary literature, comparative literature and reception studies, and the interaction between literature and cinema. I direct the journal English Literature: Theories, Interpretations, Contexts, and a series, “Collana di Letterature Moderne”, produced at Ca’ Foscari.
I co-direct the literary festival Incroci di Civiltà – Crossings of Civilizations, held yearly in Venice, for which I interviewed Jeanette Winterson, V.S. Naipaul, Cees Nooteboom, David Grossman, James Ivory, Ian McEwan, and others.
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