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Massimo Lollini

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  • Title: Professor Emeritus of Italian
  • Phone: 541-346-0957
  • Office: 325 Friendly Hall
  • Office Hours: By appointment: write me at
  • Interests: Humanism and More Than Human Humanism, Digital philology, Mediterranean Studies, Ecocriticism, Francesco Petrarca, Giambattista Vico, Giacomo Leopardi, Antonio Gramsci, Primo Levi, Italo Calvino
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Laurea, 1978, University of Bologna; Ph.D., 1992, Yale University.

Research and teaching interests

Humanisms, More-than-Human-Humanism and Ecocriticism, Digital Philology, Mediterranean Studies, Italian Literature and Theory. Special emphasis on Francesco Petrarca, Giambattista Vico, Antonio Gramsci, Italo Calvino, Primo Levi and Vincenzo Consolo.

Courses taught

ITAL 431/531 Baroque and Neo-Baroque in Italian Literature ITAL 407/407 Re-reading Petrarch's Canzoniere in the digital era ITAL 407/507 Italo Calvino ITAL 481/581 Giacomo Leopardi between philosophy and poetry ITAL 481/591 Irony and Novel (Manzoni, Verga, Pirandello) ITAL 461/561 Vico and the Settecento ITAL 382 Machiavelli and the birth of modern politics ITALIAN 461-561 Images of the Self in Modern Autobiography Ital 481/581 Re-reading Manzoni's Promessi sposi ITAL 491/591 Primo Levi and 20th-Century Literature of Testimony in Italy ITAL 491/591 Trieste, A Border-line City Between Umberto Saba's Poetry and Italo Svevo's Novels ITAL 591 Poetic Frontiers: History and Geography in Italian Literature RL 407/507 Humanism&Posthumanism RL 407-507 Re-reading Petrarch in the Digital Era RL 407/507 Literature and Testimony RL 620 Digital Texts and Critical Theory RL 620 Autobiography in the Romance World COLT 610 Vico and the Modern Sublime COLT 610 Literature and Testimony


Massimo Lollini wrote articles on Dante, Petrarch, Machiavelli, Tommaso Campanella, Giambattista Vico, Giacomo Leopardi, Antonio Gramsci, Italo Calvino, Primo Levi, Grazia Deledda, Vincenzo Consolo and Marcello Fois.

  • In 1994 he published a book on Giambattista Vico (Le Muse, le Maschere e il Sublime. G.B. Vico e la Poesia nell'età della Ragione Spiegata, Naples: Guida).
  • In 2001 he published his second book entitled Il vuoto della forma. Scrittura, testimonianza e verità (Genua: Marietti). This book received the 2002 Premio Letterario Nazionale “Grazia Maria Deledda” in Italy and the 2002 American Association for Italian Studies Book Award in the USA.
  • In 2006 he co-edited two collections of essays, one with David Castillo, Reason and Its Others. Italy, Spain, and the New World (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press); and the other with Norma Bouchard, Reading and Writing the Mediterranean: Essays by Vincenzo Consolo. (Toronto UP).
  • In 2007 he edited another collection of essays, L'autobiografia nell'epoca dell' impersonale (Bologna: Il Mulino, "Intersezioni").
  • In 2008 Prof. Lollini edited a volume on Humanisms, Posthumanisms and Neohumanisms, "Annali d'Italianistica".

His most recent publications includes

  • An essay on "The Wisdom of the Hand and the memory of a Mediterranean More than Human Humanism." Ecocritical Approaches to Italian Culture and LiteratureThe Denatured Wild. Ed. by Pasquale Verdicchio. Lanham-Boulder-New York-London: Lexinton Books, 2016. 1-30.
  • An essay on the history of reading from manuscript culture to the digital era: "Circles: Networks of Reading." Lector in Rete: Figures of the Readers in Digital Humanities. Monographic Volume of the e-journal Humanist Studies & the Digital Age. Eds. M. Lollini and J. Staiger. October 2015. Web.  
  • articles on Petrarch’s Rerum vulgarium fragmenta (“Petrarch and the Ethics of Writing and Reading.” Approaches to Teaching Petrarch’s “Canzoniere” and Petrarchism. Edited by Christopher Kleinhenz and Andrea Dini. NY: MLA, 2013; “Petrarch’s Early Manuscripts and Incunabula in the Oregon Petrarch Open Book.” Humanist Studies & the Digital Age, North America, May 2013. Web.
  • on Vico (“Vico’s More than Human Humanism” in Annali d’Italianistica, Vol. 29, (2011), 381-400; “Vico Wilderness and the Places of Humanity” in Romance Studies, No. 2, April, 2011, 119–31; “On Becoming Human: the Verum Factum Principle and Giambattista Vico’s Humanism” in MLN 127.1, January 2011: 21-31).
  • on Italo Calvino (“Autobiography, History, and Writing in Calvino: Toward an Ethics of the Subject.” Approaches to Teaching Italo Calvino. Ed. Franco Ricci. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2013)
  • on Sardinian literature from Grazia Deledda to Marcello Fois  ("Sardinia: The 'Greatest Poem' and Its Maritime Face. Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment. Fall 2013. Web).
  • "Il mondo visto da Sud e La prima volta. Una conversazione con Franco Cassano." California Italian Studies, Win 2014. Web.
  • “Petrarch and the Ethics of Writing and Reading.” Approaches to Teaching Petrarch’s “Canzoniere” and Petrarchism. Edited by Christopher Kleinhenz  and Andrea Dini. NY: The Modern Language Association of America, 2014. 188-209. Print. 


Recent lectures


  • "Reading, Rewriting and Encoding Petrarca's Rvf as Hypertext." Annual Conference of the MLA, Philadelphia, PA, January 5, 2017.
  • "The Ancient Roots of a Non-Anthropocentric Humanism: A Pythagorean Perspective." Mellon Symposium – Environmental Posthumanities in the Anthropocene - Friday, Dec. 2nd 2016, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
  • "Early Modern Ecocriticism?." Annual Conference of the American Association for Italian Studies, Baton Rouge, LA, April 23, 2016.
  • "Twiitterature and Hermeneutics of the Text." Annual Conference of the American Association for Italian Studies, Baton Rouge, LA, April 23, 2016."The Oregon
  • Petrarch Open Book: Preservation, Hypertext, and Pedagogy." University of Oregon. Digital Humanisties Working Group, November 20, 2015.
  • "Roberto Saviano's Letter to My Land." Annual Conference of the PAMLA, Portland, Oregon, November 7, 2015.
  • "Lector in Rete: The Oregon Petrarch Open Book as Hypertext." Annual Conference of the Sixteenth Century Society, Vancouver, October 23, 2015.
  • "Suggestioni mediterranee: la Riviera Ligure da Montale a Biamonti." California State University, Long Beach. March 24, 2015. 
  • "Sicilian Ruins from Vittorio De Seta's Documentaries to Vincenzo Consolo's Citiscapes." Common Knowledges Symposium 2014, Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Culture, the Environment and Labor. Wednesday May 14, 2014. UC San Diego. 
  • "Natura parens from Bernardus Silvestris' Cosmographia to Petrarch's Canzoniere." Renaissance Society of America, New York, March 29, 2014.
  • "Poetic Geography and More than Human Humanism in Sardinian Literature from Grazia Deledda to Marcello Fois." Notre Dame University, November 7, 2013.
  • "Philology and Sense Making in the Oregon Petrarch Open Book." Digital French and Italian conference held at Darmouth College, October 30-31, 2013.
  • “Vico’s more than Human Humanism.” AAIS Conference, Eugene, Oregon, April 11-13, 2013.  
  • “Encoding Text and Images in the  Oregon  Petrarch Open Book.”  AAIS Conference, Eugene, Oregon, April 11-13, 2013.  
  • “Petrarch's Open Book from the  Editio  Princeps  (Inc.  Queriniano G V 15) to Digital Culture.” International Conference on  Petrarch and His Legacies . University of Wisconsin. Madison, Wisconsin, March 4-5, 2013.
  • “Oregon Petrarch Open Book Project.” Symposiumon Textualities in the Digital Age held at the University of Oregon on April 14, 2012.
  • "The Daimon, the Wisdom and the Pietas: Giambasttista Vico's Paths to a More Than Human Humanism." Keynote Address Graduate Student Symposium on "Giambattista Vico: Education, Politics and Poetics." Yale University, March 2-3, 2012.

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