I 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.