I am a literary scholar working on the intersections that cross literature, memory, trauma and intercultural dialogue. My research explores how individuals and communities voice experiences of suffering and violence and how such narratives interact in a transnational network of collective memories.
Originally trained as specialist in Italian literary history (Laurea magistrale, University of Pavia, PhD, Brown University), my studies have focused on the impact of the Holocaust in Italian postwar culture. Counter-memories, Autofiction, Antipoetry: Remembering and Forgetting the Holocaust in Italian Literature is the title of my current book project. I'm also interested about the relevance of Holocaust memory in a global age marked by continuous resurgences of ethnic hatred, state-sanctioned violence, religious and political persecutions.
I've written extensively on Italian contemporary literature (particularly on Primo Levi, Curzio Malaparte, Giorgio Bassani) with a scholarly approach that blends close analytical readings, philological inquiry and archival research. In the field of early modern studies I'm fascinated by medieval travel narratives. Recently I have initiated a digital humanities research project set out to map in a GIS digital platform the literary geographies of Marco Polo's Divisament dou Monde, one the masterpieces of European geographical literature in the Middle Ages.
Before joining the Society of Fellows at SUSTech I have studied and worked in various institutions across Europe and North America (University of Pavia, Trinity College Dublin, University of Cambridge, Florida State University, Brown University, Hamburg Universität).
Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters