Martino Lovato

Visiting Lecturer in Classics and Italian
The contemporary Mediterranean in Italian, French and Arabic literature and cinema; migration, ethics and conflict; medievalism in historical novels; literary theory.

Martino Lovato works at the intersection between Arabic, French and Italian, histories, cultures, literatures and cinema. His research interests include the contemporary Mediterranean in theory and as interdisciplinary practice, with a focus on postcolonial studies, border crossing and social justice.

At Mount Holyoke and in the Five Colleges, he taught language, literature and cinema at the departments/programs of Italian, Romance Languages and Arabic, including: Introduction to the Mediterranean; Global Dante: A Journey through Hell; The Medieval Mirror: Freedom, Gender and Resistance in Contemporary Arabic Literature; Heroes & Infidels: Masculine Identity and The Birth of Europe in Medieval Romance Classics; and Catastrophe and Rebirth in Italian Cinema: from Dolce Vita to Trumpusconi.

He published articles on the Renaissance traveler and cosmographer Leo Africanus/Al-Wazzan, and on the Algerian film director Merzak Allouache; he is a current member of the American Comparative Literature Association.