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Manuele Gragnolati

Associate Director

Medieval Studies / Italian and Comparative Literature

University of Paris-Sorbonne



Vita

Manuele Gragnolati is Associate Director of the ICI Berlin and Full Professor of medieval Italian Literature at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, as well as Senior Research Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford. He studied Classical Philology, Medieval Studies and Italian Literature at the Universities of Pavia (BA and MA), Paris IV-Sorbonne (MA) and Columbia in NYC (PhD). Before joining the University of Paris-Sorbonne, he taught at Dartmouth College from 1999 to 2003 and from 2003 to 2015 at the University of Oxford, where he was Full Professor of Italian Literature. A significant part of his research focuses on Dante and medieval literature and culture, especially on the relationship between identity and corporeality in XIII- and XIV-century eschatology.  He is also interested in the intersections of desire and language from Dante's Vita Nova to the present, in modern appropriations of Dante and in feminist and queer theory. He has collaborated with Teodolinda Barolini on an edition of Dante's “Rime" and published essays on medieval and modern authors from Bonvesin da la Riva and Guido Cavalcanti to Giacomo Leopardi, Cesare Pavese, Elsa Morante, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Giorgio Pressburger. 

Selected Publications

Books and Editions

Amor che move. Linguaggio del corpo e forma del desiderio in Dante, Pasolini e Morante (Milan: il Saggiatore, 2013)

The Scandal of Self-Contradiction: Pasolini's Multistable Subjectivities, Traditions, Geographies, ed. by Di Blasi, Manuele Gragnolati, and Christoph Holzhey (Berlin and Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2012)

Desire in Dante and the Middle Ages, eds Manuele Gragnolati, Tristan Kay, Elena Lombardi, and Francesca Southerden (Oxford: Legenda, 2012)

Metamorphosing Dante: Appropriations, Manipulations and Rewritings in the Twentieth- and Twenty-first Centuries, eds Manuele Gragnolati, Fabio Camilletti and Fabian Lampart (Berlin and Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2011)

Dante's Plurilingualism: Authority, Knowledge, Subjectivity, eds Sara Fortuna, Manuele Gragnolati and Jürgen Trabant (Oxford: Legenda, 2010)

Aspects of the Perfomative in Medieval Culture, eds Manuele Gragnolati and Almut Suerbaum (Berlin-New York: de Gruyter, 2010)

The Power of Disturbance: Elsa Morante's 'Aracoeli', eds Manuele Gragnolati and Sara Fortuna (Oxford: Legenda, 2009)

Dante, Rime giovanili e della 'Vita Nuova', ed. by Teodolinda Barolini; with notes by Manuele Gragnolati (Milan: Rizzoli, 2009)

Il corpo glorioso. Teologie e rappresentazioni della resurrezione, eds Claudio Bernardi, Carla Bino and Manuele Gragnolati (Pisa: Giardini, 2006)

Experincing the Afterlife: Soul and Body in Dante and Medieval Culture (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2005)

Il corpo passionato, eds Carla Bino and Manuele Gragnolati. Special Issue of Comunicazioni Sociali, 25 n.s., 2 (2003)

Essays

“Rime”, in A Companion to Dante’s “Other” Works, ed. by Zygmunt Baranski and Theodore Cachey. Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, forthcoming.

“XVI: Politics of Desire”, in Vertical Readings in Dante’s “Comedy”, ed. by George Corbett and Heather Webb. Cambridge, Open Book Publishers, forthcoming 2016.

“From Paradox to Exclusivity: Dante’s and Petrarch’s Lyrical Eschatologies”, in The Unity of Knowledge in Pre-modern World: Petrarca and Boccaccio between Middle Ages and Early Renaissance, ed. by Igor Candido. Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming 2016; with Francesca Southerden.

“‘Dubious Desires’: Mimetic Processes in the Divine Comedy”, in Desire, Deceit and the Novel: René Girard and Literary Criticism, ed. by Pier Paolo Antonello and Heather Webb. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2015, pp. 113-31; with Heather Webb.

“Active Passivity? Spinoza in Pasolini’s Porcile”, in world picture 10 (2015), pp. 1-10; with Christoph Holzhey.

“Differently Queer: Sexuality and Aesthetics in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Petrolio and Elsa Morante’s Aracoeli”, in Elsa Morante's Politics of Writing: Rethinking Subjectivity, History and the Power of Art, ed. by Stefania Lucamante. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014, pp. 205-18.

 “Résurrection  du corps et langage poétique dans le Paradis de Dante”, Revue des Etudes Italiennes, 60 (2014), n˚ 3-4, pp. 29-49.“Paradiso XIV e il desiderio del corpo”, Studi Danteschi 78 (2013), pp. 285-309.

'Analogy and Difference: Multistable Figures in Pasolini's Appunti per un'Orestiade africana', in The Scandal of Self-Contradiction: Pasolini's Multistable Subjectivities, Traditions, Geographies, ed. by Di Blasi, Manuele Gragnolati, and Christoph Holzhey (Berlin and Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2012), pp. 119-133.

'Re-writing Dante after Freud and the Shoah: Giorgio Pressburger’s Nel regno oscuro', in Metamorphosing Dante: Appropriations, Manipulations and Rewritings in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries, eds Manuele Gragnolati, Fabio Camilletti and Fabian Lampart (Berlin and Vienna: Turia und Kant, 2011), pp. 235-50.

'(In)Corporeality, Language, Performance from the Vita Nuova to the Commedia', in Dante’s Plurilingualism: Authority, Knowledge, Subjectivity, eds Sara Fortuna, Manuele Gragnolati and Jürgen Trabant (Oxford: Legenda, 2010), pp 211-22.

'Riscrivere Dante in un’altra lingua. Conversazione con Giorgio Pressburger su Nel regno oscuro', in Dante’s Plurilingualism: Authority, Knowledge, Subjectivity, eds Sara Fortuna, Manuele Gragnolati and Jürgen Trabant (Oxford: Legenda, 2010), pp. 249-66; with Emma Bond and Laura Lepschy.

'Dante after Wittgenstein: "Aspetto" Language, and Subjectivity from Convivio to Paradiso', in Dante’s Plurilingualism: Authority, Knowledge, Subjectivity, eds Sara Fortuna, Manuele Gragnolati and Jürgen Trabant (Oxford: Legenda, 2010), pp. 223-48; with Sara Fortuna.

'Trasformazioni e assenze: la performance della Vita nova e le figure di Dante e Cavalcanti', L’Alighieri 35 (2010), pp 5-23. Also in Dante the Lyrical and Ethical Poet. Dante etico e lirico, eds Zygmunt Baranski and Martin McLaughlin (Oxford: Legenda, 2010), pp. 74-91.

'Authorship and Performance in Dante’s Vita nova', in Aspects of the Perfomative in Medieval Culture, eds Manuele Gragnolati and Almut Suerbaum (Berlin-New York: de Gruyter, 2010), pp. 123-40.

'Between Affection and Discipline: Exploring Linguistic Tensions from Dante to Aracoeli', in The Power of Disturbance: Elsa Morante's 'Aracoeli', eds Manuele Gragnolati and Sara Fortuna (Oxford: Legenda, 2009), pp. 8-19; with Sara Fortuna.

'Allattamento e origine del linguaggio tra la Commedia dantesca e Aracoeli di Elsa Morante', in Parole di donne, ed. Francesca Maria Dovetto (Milano: Aracne, 2009), pp. 271-303; with Sara Fortuna.

'"Attaccando al suo capezzolo le mie labbra ingorde": corpo, linguaggio e soggettività da Dante ad Aracoeli di Elsa Morante', Nuova corrente, 55 (2008), pp. 85-123; with Sara Fortuna.

'Nostalgia in Heaven: Embraces, Affection and Identity in Dante’s Comedy', in Dante and the Human Body, eds John Barnes and Jennifer Petrie (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), pp. 91-111.

'Gluttony and the Antrhopology of Pain in Dante's Inferno and Purgatorio', in History in the Comic Mode: Medieval Communities and the Matter of Person, eds Rachel Fulton and Bruce Holsinger (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007), pp. 238-50.

'La Scrittura rossa, il Purgatorio e la forza del dolore: per un dialogo tra Bonvesin da la Riva e Dante', in Dialoghi con Dante. Riscritture e ricodificazioni della Commedia, eds Erminia Ardissino and Sabrina Stroppa (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2007), pp. 17-38.

'La scrittura, l’amore e la morte. Per una lettura leopardiana dei Dialoghi con Leucò di Pavese', Testo, 52 (2006), pp. 59-75.

'Dolore come gioia. Trasformarsi nel Purgatorio di Dante', Psiche, 4 (2003), pp. 111-26; with Christoph Holzhey.

'From Plurality to (Near) Unicity of Forms: Embryology in Purgatorio 25', in Dante for the New Millennium, eds Teodolinda Barolini and Wayne Storey (New York: Fordham University Press, 2003), pp. 192-210.

'From Decay to Splendor: Body and Pain in Bonvesin da la Riva’s Book of the Three Scriptures', in Last Things: Death and Apocalypse in the Middle Ages, eds Caroline Walker Bynum and Paul Freedman (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999), pp. 83-97.

'Marinetti e la lingua francese alle soglie del Futurismo: l'eclettismo ambiguo de La ville charnelle', Revue des Études Italiennes, t. XLV, 1-2 (1999), pp. 115-132.

'Love, Lust and Avarice: Leodilla between Dante and Ovid', in Fortune and Romance: Boiardo in America, eds Jo Ann Cavallo and Charles Ross (Tempe, AZ: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1998), pp. 151-174.

'Giovanni Pascoli: Varianti «conviviali» (1895-1905)', Revue des Études Italiennes, t. XLI, 1-4 (1995), pp. 133-156.


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