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Thinking Italian Animals

Human and Posthuman in Modern Italian Literature and Film

  • Editors
  • Deborah Amberson
  • Elena Past

Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Deborah Amberson, Elena Past
      Pages 1-17
  3. Ontologies and Thresholds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Deborah Amberson
      Pages 21-38
    3. Gregory Pell
      Pages 57-73
    4. Simone Castaldi
      Pages 75-91
  4. Biopolitics and Historical Crisis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Giuseppina Mecchia
      Pages 129-144
    3. Daniele Fioretti
      Pages 145-158
    4. Valentina Fulginiti
      Pages 159-176
  5. Ecologies and Hybridizations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. David Del Principe
      Pages 179-196
    3. Serenella Iovino
      Pages 215-232
    4. Elena Past
      Pages 233-250
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 251-263

About this book


This bracing volume collects work on Italian writers and filmmakers that engage with nonhuman animal subjectivity. These contributions address 3 major strands of philosophical thought: perceived borders between man and animals, historical and fictional crises, and human entanglement with the nonhuman and material world.


apocalyptic eros Europe film philosophy Pier Paolo Pasolini

About the authors

Roberto Marchesini, Scuola d'interazione uomo animale, Italy Elizabeth Leake, Columbia University, USA Gregory Pell, Hofstra University, USA Simone Castaldi, Hofstra University, USA Matteo Gilebbi, Duke University, USA Alexandra Hills, University College London, UK Giuseppina Mecchia, University of Pittsburgh, USA Daniele Fioretti, University of Miami, Ohio, USA Valentina Fulginiti, University of Toronto, Canada David Del Principe, Montclair State University, USA Giovanna Faleschini Lerner, Franklin and Marshall College, USA Serenella Iovino, University of Turin, Italy

Bibliographic information


"Animals and the Posthuman in Italian Literature and Film is an elegant and musing collection on what it means to be alive and thinking today. The volume contains a wonderful preface by Italian philosopher, Roberto Marchesini , who sets out the stakes of the work beautifully. Indeed, it has been a long time since I've come across such a powerful combination of erudition, cutting-edge readings of continential philosophy, and, though this may seem surprising given the title, humanity." - Timothy Campbell, Professor of Italian Studies and Chair of Romance Studies, Cornell University, USA