Damiano Benvegnu

Lecturer of French & Italian

I hold a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Notre Dame (2014) and a Dottorato di Ricerca in Italianistica (the Italian equivalent of a Ph.D. in Italian Studies)  from the University “La Sapienza” in Rome (2007).
My current research focuses on representations of animals and animality in modern Italian literature, visual art, and philosophy. I am also interested in literatures produced in peripheral languages (particularly by multilingual and diglossic communities), and in the interactions between aesthetics, history, and nature.  I am an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and an active member of several associations promoting interdisciplinary research between arts, science, and philosophy.

Personal Website
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French and Italian
Laurea in Lettere, La Sapienza University of Rome
Dottorato di Ricerca in Italianistica, La Sapienza University of Rome
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Selected Publications

Articles in peer-reviewed journals:

- [Under review] “Toward a Minor Michelstaedter.” Italian Culture, 2016

-  [Accepted for publication; forthcoming] “Ti-Koyo and His Shark. Human-Animal Brotherhood from Clement Richer to Italo Calvino and Folco Quilici.”  [email protected]: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment, 2016

[Accepted for publication; forthcoming] “Images of Narcissus: Figuring Identity in José Lezama Lima and Pier Paolo Pasolini.” Comparative Literature Studies 52.4 (2015)

-    “Uno sguardo dalla periferia: appunti per una storia novecentesca della poesia in dialetto nel Triveneto.” Modern Language Notes (MLN) 126.1 (2011): 74-97


Essays in edited volumes:

[Forthcoming] “Witnessing Animal Suffering. Primo Levi on Animal Experimentation.” In A. Chapman & M. Vuohelainen (eds.), Interpreting Primo Levi: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, London: Palgrave, 2015

-   [Forthcoming] “The Tortured Animals of Modernity. Animal Studies and Italian Literature.” In D. Herman (ed.), Creatural Fictions, London: Palgrave, 2016

-    “Il sacrificio di Narciso: Pasolini friulano.” In E. Patti (ed.), La nuova gioventù? L’eredità intellettuale di Pier Paolo Pasolini, Genova: Edizioni Joker, 2009: 106-117

Works in Progress

Book manuscript: Primo Levi and the Question of the Animal. Suffering, Techne, Creation.

Article: “Uccelli che parlate il mio dialetto.” Poetry, Birds, and Landscape in Pier Paolo Pasolini and Andrea Zanzotto