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Dr Pierpaolo Antonello

Pierpaolo Antonello
Position(s): 
Head of Italian
Reader in Italian Literature and Culture
Department/Section: 
Department of Italian
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 335046 (Faculty)
+44 (0)1223 337711 (College)
Location: 

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA
United Kingdom

About: 

Dr Antonello specialises in twentieth century Italian literature, culture and intellectual history. He wrote extensively on the relationship between literature and science, Futurism and the Avant-Garde, Italo Calvino, Italian cinema, and Postmodern Italian culture. He also published on French philosophy and epistemology, with particular reference to René Girard and Michel Serres. He is the co-editor of the series ‘Italian Modernities’ for Peter Lang and he is member of the advisory board of ‘Imitatio: Integrating the Human Sciences’.

Teaching interests: 

Literature and science

Ethics and political commitment in contemporary Italian culture Representation of violence in literature and cinema

Art and industry

Italo Svevo

Bruno Munari

Paolo Sorrentino

Research interests: 

Ethics and political commitment in contemporary Italian culture

Technology and the Arts

Bruno Munari

René Girard’s mimetic theory.  

Published works: 

Books

Dimenticare Pasolini. Intellettuali e impegno nell’Italia contemporanea (Milan: Mimesis, 2012).

Contro il materialismo. Le ‘due culture’ in Italia:  bilancio di un secolo (Turin: Aragno, 2012); 2013 AAIS Book Prize; Viareggio-Répaci Jury Prize 2013.

Il ménage a quattro. Scienza, filosofia, tecnica nelle letteratura italiana del Novecento (Florence: Le Monnier, 2005).

 

Co-authored books

René Girard with Pierpaolo Antonello and João Cezar de Castro Rocha, Evolution and Conversion: Dialogues on the Origins of Culture (London: Continuum, 2007). Translated into French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Czech, Polish.

 

Edited volumes

Mimesis, Desire, and the Novel: René Girard and Literary Criticism, co-edited with Heather Webb (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2015).

How We Became Human: Mimetic Theory and the Science of Evolutionary Origins. Co-edited with Paul Gifford. (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2015)

Can we Survive our Origins? Readings in Rene Girard’s Theory of Violence and the Sacred. Co-edited with Paul Gifford (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2014).

Gianni Vattimo and René Girard, Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith: A Dialogue. Ed. with introduction by P. Antonello (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010). Translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Romanian, German, Dutch.

Postmodern Impegno: Ethics and Commitment in Contemporary Italian Culture. Co-edited with F. Mussgnug (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009).

Imagining Terrorism: The Rhetoric and Representation of Political Violence in Italy 1969-2009. Co-edited with A. O’Leary (Oxford: Legenda, 2009).

La violenza allo specchio. Passione e sacrificio nel cinema contemporaneo. Co-edited with E. Bujatti (Massa:  Transeuropa, 2009)

Identità e desiderio. La teoria mimetica e la letteratura italiana. Co-edited with G. Fornari (Massa:  Transeuropa, 2009)

Future Imperfect: Italian Futurism between Tradition and Modernity. Special Issue of The European Legacy. Journal of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, 14.7 (2009). Routledge. Co-edited with Marja Härmänmaa.

Science and Literature in Italian Culture: from Dante to Calvino. A Festschrift in honor of Patrick Boyde. Co-edited with Simon Gilson (Oxford: Legenda, 2004)

Michel Serres. Festschrift in honor of Michel Serres. A special issue of Configurations 8.2 (2000). Johns Hopkins University Press. Co-edited with Robert P. Harrison.

Guy Debord. A special issue of SubStance, 90 (2000). University of Wisconsin Press. Co-edited with Olga Vasile.

 

Further publications

For a list of further publications, please click here.