Damiano Benvegnu

Academic Appointments

Senior Lecturer of 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 literature, visual arts, 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 the Creative Writing and Arts Editor for Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment.

302 Dartmouth Hall
HB 6087
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

a) Books

1. Animals and Animality in Primo Levi’s Work. London: Palgrave McMillian [Spring 2018].

b) Articles in peer-reviewed journals:

1. “Deadly Mirrors. Animal Death in Tommaso Landolfi and Stefano D’Arrigo.” Paragraph, [Under review]

2. “Language and Reality in Gian Mario Villalta’s Newdialect Poetry.” The Italianist 37.3 [forthcoming]

3. “Toward a Minor Michelstaedter.” Italian Culture 34.2 (2016): 1-17.

3. “Ti-Koyo and His Shark. Human-Animal Brotherhood from Clement Richer to Italo Calvino and Folco Quilici.” Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 7.1 (2016): 59-75.

5. “Images of Narcissus: Figuring Identity in José Lezama Lima and Pier Paolo Pasolini.” Comparative Literature Studies 52.4 (2015): 818-842.

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

c) Essays in edited volumes:

1. “Contro il dolore: Primo Levi, Hans Ruesch e il dibattito sulla sperimentazione animale.” In M. Barenghi & M. Belpoliti (eds.), Riga 38: Primo Levi etologo e antropologo, Milano: Marcos y Marcos, forthcoming.

 2. “Birds Who Speak My Dialect: Poetry, Birds, and Landscape in Andrea Zanzotto.” In E. Cesaretti, S. Iovino, E. Past (eds.), Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies. Italy and the Environmental Humanities, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017: 39-49.

3. “The Tortured Animals of Modernity. Animal Studies and Italian Literature.” In D. Herman (ed.), Creatural Fictions, London: Palgrave, 2016: 41-63.

4. “Witnessing Animal Suffering. Primo Levi on Animal Experimentation.” In A. Chapman & M. Vuohelainen (eds.), Interpreting Primo Levi: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, London: Palgrave, 2015: 83-96.

5. “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

1. Animal Voices [book project]

2. The Dialogues Digital Project [digital humanities project]

3. “Performing Landscapes: an Ecocritical Approach to Eugenio Turri’s Landscape Theory” [article]

4. “Going Upstream: the Po River in Primo Levi and Gianni Celati” [article]