In 1980, after awarding the high
school diploma at Liceo G.B. Morgagni, Forlì, I enrolled in the
Faculty of Arts at the University of Bologna (major subject
Classical Literature), where I studied under the supervision of E.
Raimondi, A. Traina, E. Degani, G. Guglielmi, F. Curi. In 1985 I
awarded a four year degree under the supervision of E. Raimondi
with a thesis in Italian Literature on the narrative forms in
D'Annunzio's novels. The following year I started my four year Phd
in Italianistica under the supervision of E. Raimondi, F. Curi and
G. Guglielmi. In 1993 my Phd thesis on myth in Pascoli's works was
published with the title Circe e il fanciullino.
Interpretazioni pascoliane in the “collana di studi
pascoliani” by La Nuova Italia, Firenze. The
book, which stresses and emphasizes the narrative and mythological
elements present in Pascoli's works, has been recognized and quoted
as a significant milestone in Pascoli criticism.
the meantime I started to be interested in G. Leopardi's works. In
1993 I published a commentary on his Operette morali
Mondadori Scuola). In 1998 I took part in the celebrations for the
bicentenary of Leopardi's birth: I organized an international
conference and edited the proceedings (Leopardi e Bologna,
Olschki, 1999); moreover I organized a documentary exhibition at
the Biblioteca dell'Archiginnasio in Bologna under the supervision
of E. Raimondi. In 2002 I published, together with R. Bonavita, a
commentary on Leopardi's Paralipomeni della Batracomiomachia
(Carocci). In the
following years I wrote several articles on Leopardi and in 2008 I
published with Il Mulino (in a literary series directed by A.
Battistini) a general introduction to Leopardi's
While doing my Phd I was invited
as a Visiting Professor at the Université de Montréal (Canada)
where I held a course on Twentieth-Century Italian poetry, then I
participate to an exchange program between Italy and Morocco under
the supervision of MAE which leaded to the foundation of the first
department of Italian studies in Africa.
In 1993 I edited, together with E.
Raimondi, Antologia della lirica pascoliana (Einaudi) which includes also
P. P. Pasolini's undergraduate thesis. With this book, which has been positively
reviewed and widely appreciated, I started my studies on Pasolini's
works which I continued with the monographic book Pier Paolo
Pasolini, published by Bruno Mondadori in 1998 in the
series “Biblioteca degli scrittori” directed by M.
first became Assistant Professor then Associate Professor of
Contemporary Italian Literature, which I currently teach at the
Faculty of Arts at University of Bologna. In 2007 I was elected as
President of the degree course in Arts. In 2007, in the centenary
of Carducci's death, I became part of the national Centenary
Celebration Committee headed by the provost P. U. Calzolari. I organized, together with S.
Santucci, a documentary exhibition at the Biblioteca
dell'Archiginnasio in Bologna. The exhibition catalogue was
published with the title Carducci e i miti della bellezza by
BUP in 2007.
My current research interests lie
in the theme of body and corporeality in literature (Corpi che
parlano. Il nudo nella letteratura italiana del Novecento,
Bruno Mondadori, 2005), in the relationship between literature and
philosophy (Campana, Nietzsche e la puttana sacra, Manni,
2003) and in the connections between literature and visual arts,
which I explored in my book I burattini filosofi. Pasolini dalla
letteratura al cinema (Bruno Mondadori, 2007) and in a
forthcoming book on the influence of Giorgio Morandi's works on
literature and cinema in the second half of the Twentieth
I'm a member of the Accademia dei
filopatridi in Savignano as well as a member of the Accademia
Pascoliana in S. Mauro as the representative of the Regione
Emilia-Romagna. I'm the scientific responsible for A. Panzini's
Casa Rossa in Bellaria and a member of the directive board of the
international journal “Studi pasoliniani”. I published some essays
on Leopardi and Pasolini also in France and Spain.