Noted Italian Prof at MHC February 28

Posted: February 12, 2008

Luca Somigli, associate professor of Italian at the University of Toronto, will give a lecture titled "A Poet in Search of a Poetics: On F. T. Marinetti's Pre-Futurist Criticism" at 4:30 pm in Cleveland Hall, Room L1. Sponsored by the Romance Languages and Literatures Program and the Italian department, this lecture will be free and open to the public.

Somigli is associate professor of Italian at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from SUNY Stony Brook in 1996. His research concentrates on futurism, Italian modernism, Italian science fiction, Ezra Pound, and literary periodicals.

He is the author of two books, Legitimizing the Artist: Manifesto Writing and European Modernism 1885-1915 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003), which won the 2004 book award of the American Association for Italian Studies, and Per una satira modernista: La narrativa di Wyndham Lewis(Firenze: Cadmo, 1995).

He edited three anthologies of essays: Italian Modernism: Italian Culture between Decadentism and Avant-Garde (edited with Mario Moroni. Toronto: University of Toronto Press; Italian Prose Writers, 1900-1945.); Vol. 264 of Dictionary of Literary Biography (edited with Rocco Capozzi. Detroit, Washington, and London: Gale Research Inc., 2002); and The Literary Journal as a Cultural Witness 1943-1993: Fifty Years of Italian and Italian American Reviews(edited with Luigi Fontanella. Stony Brook, NY: Filibrary, 1996).

His articles include "Italian Poetry North of the 49th: Writing (of) Italy in Canada" in Quaternio: Four Questions on Poetry (ed. Paolo Valesio. Quaderni di YIP [Yale Italian Poetry] 1 (2001): 103-118); "Tra surrealismo e fascismo: appunti sull'avanguardia italiana" in Otto/ Novecento 16.6 (1992): 125-133; and "Laughing at the Wild Body: On Wyndham Lewis's Theory of Satire" in West Virginia University Philological Papers (a special issue on The Context of Modernism, 1880-1930)39 (1993): 126-131.

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