Damiano Benvegnù

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Research Focus: Italian Studies, Animal Studies, Literary Theory, Comparative Literature, Continental Philosophy

Background: In 2007 I completed a “Dottorato di Ricerca in Italianistica” [Ph.D. in Italian Studies] at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, with a project on modern poetry written in the regional languages spoken in the North-Eastern periphery of Italy. My current research at the University Notre Dame deals with the issue of representations of animals and teriomorphism in modern Italian literature, art, and philosophy. My dissertation, “Primo Levi and the Question of the Animal: Suffering, Technology, Creation,” investigates the animal imagery expressed by the Jewish-Italian writer Primo Levi (1919-1987).

Undergraduate Institution: BA, University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy), summa cum laude. July 2002

Graduate Institution(s) and degree:
“Dottorato di Ricerca in Italianistica” [Ph.D. in Italian Studies]. University of Rome “La Sapienza.” May 2007

Current Teaching or courses taught:

- Animals and Literature: Introduction to Animal Studies, Comparative Literature Program (cross-listed by the Program in Science, Technology, and Values), University of Notre Dame, Spring Semester 2013

- Intermediate Intensive Italian, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame, Fall Semester 2012

- Beginning Intensive Italian, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame, Summer Section 2012

- Teaching Assistant for Dante: Purgatorio & Paradiso, Prof. Christian Moevs, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame, Spring Semester 2012

- Seminar on Dante’s Divine Commedy, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame, Spring Semester 2012

- Beginning Intensive Italian, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame, Fall 2010

- Beginning Intensive Italian, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame, Spring 2010

- Beginning Intensive Italian, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame, Fall 2009

Current Projects (developing workshops & conferences):

- Co-organizer of the panel Civitas Innaturalis: Nature and (Post)Humanism in Italian Literature, 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), University of Notre Dame, October 2013

- Member of the steering committee for “Dante Now!” – University of Notre Dame, Fall 2012

- Organizer of the panel Representations of Animals and Theriomorphism in Modern Italian Literature, at 2012 American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS) Conference, Charleston, SC, May 2012

- Organizer of the international symposium Italian Identities: Dialects, Minorities, Literatures, at University of Notre Dame, IN, March 23rd 2012. Keynote speakers: Gian Mario Villalta (Independent scholar, writer); Prof. Franco Brevini (University of Bergamo). Other presenters: Prof. M. Albahari (University of Notre Dame); Prof. L. Bonaffini (CUNY); Dr. L. Del Giudice (Independent scholar); Prof. G. Marci (University of Cagliari); Prof. G. Sulis (University of Leeds); Prof. E. Tuttle (UCLA)

- Consultant for the “Italian New-Dialect Poetry Collection” and the “Primo Levi Collection,”  Hesburgh Libraries’ Rare Books and Special Collection, University of Notre Dame

Grants: (special projects and summer):
- Dominica and Frank Annese Fellowship in Graduate Studies, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, 2013-2014

- Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award, Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Notre Dame, Spring 2013

- Graduate Travel and Research Grant, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Turin, May-June 2012. Project title: “Exploring Primo Levi’s Archives.”

- Graduate Student Conference Grant, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, March 2012. Project title: “Italian Identities: Dialects, Minorities, Literatures.”

- Summer Language Abroad Grant 2010, Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, University of Notre Dame; five weeks of advanced Spanish at the International School “Eureka”, Madrid, Spain;

- Graduate Travel and Research Grant, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Northern Italy, Summer 2009. Project title: “Identity, language, landscape: Gian Mario Villalta and the new-dialect poetry in the contemporary Italy.”

- Albert Ravarino Italian Studies Travel Scholarship & Devers Travel Grant, Italy, Summer 2009. Project Title: “Collection Development: Creating an Italian New-Dialect Poetry Collection.” Description of the project: creating a bibliography and collecting books in Italy in order to start a unique Italian New-dialect Poetry collection at the Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame. Co-sponsored by the Hesburgh Libraries’ Rare Books and Special Collection.

Publications:

• “The Tortured Animals of Modernity: Animal Studies and Italian Literature.” Under review at Modern Fiction Studies, Johns Hopkins University Press

• “Images of Narcissus: Figuring Identity in José Lezama Lima and Pier Paolo Pasolini.” Under review at Comparative Literature Studies, Penn State University Press

• “Intervista con Gian Mario Villalta.” Quaderni Veneti, 49-50, Gennaio-dicembre 2009, 2011, Ravenna: Angelo Longo Editore, pp. 299-308

• “Uno sguardo dalla periferia: appunti per una storia novecentesca della poesia in dialetto nel Triveneto.” Modern Language Notes (MLN), Volue 126, Number 1, January 2011 (Italian Issue), pp. 74-97

• “Il sacrificio di Narciso: Pasolini friulano.” In La nuova gioventù? L’eredità intellettuale di Pier Paolo Pasolini, edited by E. Patti, Genova: Edizioni Joker 2009, pp. 106-117

• “Narciso in una doppia scrittura: da La meglio gioventù a La nuova gioventù.” In  Il mito nel testo. Gli antichi e la Bibbia nella letteratura italiana. Roma: Studi (e testi) italiani XVIII, Bulzoni editore, 2007, pp. 173-180

 

Contact information:
323 O'Shaughnessy Hall
574-3230-8046

dbenvegn@nd.edu