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Andrea Mirabile

Andrea Mirabile
Assistant Professor, Italian & Film Studies

andrea.mirabile@vanderbilt.edu
Office: Furman 224

Education

Laurea, Università degli Studi di Milano, 2000
Dottorato, Università degli Studi di Milano, 2003
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005

Research Interests

My research interests focus primarily on two fields: 20th-century Italian literature and literary theory.

Within the context of 20th-century Italian literature, I am particularly interested in authors who combine literature and the visual arts. In my doctoral dissertation, Parola e immagine nel Novecento Italiano. L’ekphrasis in Longhi, Banti, Pasolini e Testori (University of North Carolina, 2005), I analyze the visual elements in works by Anna Banti, Roberto Longhi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Giovanni Testori. These writers were involved with Longhi’s literary and artistic journal, Paragone, which encouraged a continuous confrontation between literature and painting and dominated the Italian cultural scene from the 50s to the 70s. Banti, Pasolini, and Testori were influenced by Roberto Longhi’s theory of the “equivalenze verbali,” i.e., the ekphrastic attempt to translate the visual into the verbal. After analyzing Longhi’s theories, I point out how the three writers use this approach in their novels, essays, movies, and poetry. Two archives, the Fondazione di Studi di Storia dell’arte Roberto Longhi, Florence, and the Centro di Ricerca sulla Tradizione Manoscritta di Autori Moderni e Contemporanei, Pavia, kindly allowed me to include several unpublished documents (letters, notes, drafts) in my book Scrivere la pittura. La ‘funzione Longhi’ nella letteratura italiana (Ravenna, Longo, 2009). Some of these documents are extremely fascinating, and very helpful for understanding not only Longhi and his disciples but also postwar intellectual life in Italy.

In literary theory, I am especially interested in the French and Italian semiotic and post-structuralist tradition. In my book Le strutture e la storia. La critica italiana dallo strutturalismo alla semiotica (Milano, Led, 2006), I point out how Italian scholars (D’Arco Silvio Avalle, Maria Corti, Umberto Eco, Cesare Segre) have been able to go beyond the classic opposition between structuralism and historicism by means of both a formal and a philological approach to literary analysis.

In my teaching experience thus far, I have never taught a class in which I was not also an active learner, no matter how well I knew the material. I believe this is because I value the interaction I have with my students, and I take their questions, comments, and concerns seriously. In my courses, I always encourage students to contribute to classroom discussions, emphasizing the need for critical engagement with the material and respect for the opinions of other classmates. I use a wide variety of technology and media in my classes, including audio-visual aids, audio and video iPod, press items, and other media and related resources. I find that incorporating technology increases student interest and helps accommodate different learning styles. I adhere to the goals set forth in my course syllabi, but I know how to be flexible and to adapt my teaching whenever necessary.

Representative Publications

Books

  • Multimedia Archaeologies: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Belle Époque Paris, and the Total Artwork. Rodopi: Amsterdam – New York, 2014.

  • Scrivere la pittura. La ‘funzione Longhi’ nella letteratura italiana. Ravenna: Longo, 2009. (Winner of the AAIS prize – 2009)
  • Le strutture e la storia: La critica italiana dallo strutturalismo alla semiotica. Milano: LED, 2006.

Edited Books

  • Segre, Cesare. Opera critica. A cura di Alberto Conte e Andrea Mirabile. Milano: Mondadori, 2014.

Articles

  • La morte del dio. Mito e soggettività in Gabriele D’Annunzio.” Italienisch. Zeitschrift für italienische Sprache und Literatur 69 (2013): 18-33.
  • “Visual Intertextualities in Gabriele D’Annunzio’s Le Martyre de Saint SébastienModern Language Notes 128-1 (2013): 124-150.
  • “La semiotica in Italia: i primi quarant’anni.” Italianistica. Rivista di letteratura italiana, XLI, 1, (2012): 107-116.
  • “Allegory, Pathos, and Irony: The Resistance to Benjamin in Paul de Man.” German Studies Review 35.2 (2012): 319-333.
  • “Documentary film as equivalence: Giuseppe Bertolucci’s Pasolini prossimo nostro (2006).” Studies in Documentary Film 5 (2011): 133-144.
  • “Rhetoric of Sedution and Seduction of Rhetoric in Paul de Man’s Allegories of Reading.” Enthymema 2 (2010). http://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/enthymema/article/view/757
  • Interview. “Il Sussidiario.” 12-17-2010. “Nessun analisi potrà mai sostituire il piacere della lettura.” http://www.ilsussidiario.net/articolo.aspx?articolo=134920
  • “Per un dialogismo figurale: Alberto Arbasino ed Enrico Palandri tra letteratura e film.” Generazione in movimento. Viaggio nella scrittura di Enrico Palandri. Ravenna: Longo, 2010. 79-86.
  • “Ricordi figurativi ne La Stanza del Vescovo di Piero Chiara.” Modern Language Notes 124-1 (2009): 254-268.
  • Ekphrasis e ironia ne Le Muse a Los Angeles di Alberto Arbasino.” Stumenti critici 2 (2008): 313-326.
  • “Scacchi, cristalli, orologi: aporie della decostruzione.” Per Franco Brioschi. Saggi di lingua e letteratura italiana. A cura di Claudio Milanini e Silvia Morgana. Milano: Cisalpino, 2007. 447-453.
  • “Dallo strutturalismo al poststrutturalismo: Michel Foucault.” Letteratura e letterature 1 (2007): 139-153.
  • “Discreti messaggeri del fuori. Appunti su Italo Calvino e le arti figurative.” Sul ri-uso. Pratiche del testo e teoria della letteratura. A cura di Edoardo Esposito. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2007. 79-96.
  • “Retorica della seduzione e seduzione della retorica nelle Allegories of Reading di Paul de Man.” Strumenti critici 1 (2006): 145–158.
  • “Gli affreschi di Piero ad Arezzo: Pier Paolo Pasolini tra Longhi e Gramsci.” Il lettore di provincia 123 (2006): 121–132.
  • “Peccato e salvezza nella poesia di Giovanni Testori: Crocefissione tra figurazione ed ineffabile.” La Fusta 13 (2005): 1–8.
  • “Roland Barthes tra ‘morte dell’autore’ e biografia.” Intersezioni 1 (2005): 117-32.
  • “Equivalenze pittorico-verbali in Roberto Longhi e Anna Banti.” Romance Notes 43 (2003): 271–278.

Organized Events @ Vanderbilt

- Jan. 24, 2008. Lecture by Prof. Luca Barattoni, Clemson U: “Fernando Di Leo and the Italian Crime Thriller Genre of the 70s: Its Influence on Quentin Tarantino and Its Recent Developments”

http://www.vanderbilt.edu/news/audio?xtags=lectures-events

- Apr. 3, 2008. Lecture by Prof. Pier Massimo Forni, Johns Hopkins U: “Life is a Relational Experience: Civility, Ethics and Quality of Life”

http://law.vanderbilt.edu/vulsvideos.asp

- Sep. 17, 2010 Lecture by Matteo Soranzo, Assistant Professor of Italian, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, “Poetry and Society in Quattrocento Naples: Giovanni Pontano and his Intellectual Community”

- March 19th, 2014: Professor Roberto Dainotto, Romance Studies, Duke University: “‘It’s not a Question of Right or Wrong’: The Law in the Age of the Novel”

Courses @ Vanderbilt

FRENCH 394. French and Italian New Wave Cinema.

ITALIAN 240. Modern Italian Cinema.

ITALIAN 220. Introduction to Italian Literature.

ITALIAN 214. Spoken Italian.