Vita

Manuele Gragnolati is Full Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and Associate Director of the ICI Berlin, 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 at Columbia University (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 major part of his research, including his first monograph Experiencing the Afterlife, focuses on Dante and medieval literature and culture, especially on the significance of corporeality in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century eschatology. He is also interested in the concept of linguistic subjectivity from Dante’s Vita Nova to the present, in modern appropriations of medieval texts, and in feminist and queer theory. He has written a substantial commentary on Dante’s Rime and published essays on medieval and modern authors.

His second monograph, Amor che move, offers a ‘diffractive’ exploration of body, language, desire in Dante and authors who have engaged with Dante’s oeuvre in the late twentieth century from a ‘feminine’/feminist and queer position.

Manuele Gragnolati enjoys studying and teaching literature for its critical potential to challenge normative ways of thinking and is particularly interested in texts that propose different figurations of reality, whether in the past or in the present. He believes in an interdisciplinary approach to culture and in collaborating with colleagues of different intellectual backgrounds. At the ICI Berlin, he has run several interdisciplinary projects on Dante, Elsa Morante, and Pier Paolo Pasolini, which have often resulted in collective volumes.

Selected Publications

Books / Edited Volumes

  • De/Constituting Wholes: Towards Partiality Without Parts, co-ed. with Christoph Holzhey (Vienna: Turia + Kant, forthcoming)
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini entre régression et échec, co-ed. with Paolo Desogus, Christoph F.E. Holzhey, and Davide Luglio (=LaRivista, 4 (2015)) <http://etudesitaliennes.hypotheses.org/5321>
  • 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, co-ed. with Luca Di Blasi and Christoph F.E. Holzhey (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2012)
  • Desire in Dante and the Middle Ages, co-ed. with Tristan Kay, Elena Lombardi, and Francesca Southerden (Oxford: Legenda, 2012)

Articles

  • ‘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)
  • ‘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 (with Francesca Southerden), ed. by Igor Candido (Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming)
  • ‘”Dubious Desires”: Mimetic Processes in the Divine Comedy’ (with Heather Webb), in Desire, Deceit and the Novel: René Girard and Literary Criticism, ed. by Pier Paolo Antonello and Heather Webb (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2015), pp. 113-31
  • ‘Active Passivity? Spinoza in Pasolini’s Porcile’ (with Christoph F.E. Holzhey), world picture, 10 (2015), 1-10

Publications

Books / Edited Volumes

  • De/Constituting Wholes: Towards Partiality Without Parts, co-ed. with Christoph F.E. Holzhey (Vienna: Turia + Kant, forthcoming)
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini entre régression et échec, co-ed. with Paolo Desogus, Christoph F.E. Holzhey, and Davide Luglio, (=LaRivista, 4 (2015))
  • 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, co-ed. with Luca Di Blasi and Christoph F.E. Holzhey (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2012)
  • Desire in Dante and the Middle Ages, co-ed. with Tristan Kay, Elena Lombardi, and Francesca Southerden (Oxford: Legenda, 2012)
  • Metamorphosing Dante: Appropriations, Manipulations and Rewritings in the Twentieth- and Twenty-first Centuries, co-ed. with Fabio Camilletti and Fabian Lampart (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2011)
  • Dante’s Plurilingualism: Authority, Knowledge, Subjectivity, co-ed. with Sara Fortuna and Jürgen Trabant (Oxford: Legenda, 2010)
  • Aspects of the Perfomative in Medieval Culture, co-ed. with Almut Suerbaum (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010)
  • The Power of Disturbance: Elsa Morante’s ‘Aracoeli’, co-ed. with 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, co-ed. with Claudio Bernardi and Carla Bino (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, co-ed. with Carla Bino (=Comunicazioni Sociali, n.s., 25.2 (2003))
Articles
  • ‘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)
  • ‘From Paradox to Exclusivity: Dante’s and Petrarch’s Lyrical Eschatologies’ (with Francesca Southerden), in The Unity of Knowledge in Pre-modern World: Petrarca and Boccaccio between Middle Ages and Early Renaissance, ed. by Igor Candido (Berlin: DeGruyter, forthcoming)
  • ‘”Dubious Desires”: Mimetic Processes in the Divine Comedy’ (with Heather Webb), in Desire, Deceit and the Novel: René Girard and Literary Criticism, ed. by Pier Paolo Antonello and Heather Webb (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2015), pp. 113-31
  • ‘Active Passivity? Spinoza in Pasolini’s Porcile’ (with Christoph F.E. Holzhey), world picture, 10 (2015), 1-10
  • ‘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: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014), pp. 205-18
  • ‘Résurrection du corps et langage poétique dans le Paradis de Dante’, Revue des études italiennes, 60.3-4 (2014), 29-49.
  • ‘Paradiso XIV e il desiderio del corpo’, Studi Danteschi, 78 (2013), 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, co-ed. with Luca Di Blasi and Christoph Holzhey (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2012), pp. 119-33
  • ‘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, co-ed. with Fabio Camilletti and Fabian Lampart (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, co-ed. with Sara Fortuna and Jürgen Trabant (Oxford: Legenda, 2010), pp. 211-22
  • ‘Riscrivere Dante in un’altra lingua. Conversazione con Giorgio Pressburger su Nel regno oscuro‘ (with Emma Bond and Laura Lepschy), in Dante’s Plurilingualism: Authority, Knowledge, Subjectivity, co-ed. with Sara Fortuna and Jürgen Trabant (Oxford: Legenda, 2010), pp. 249-66
  • ‘Dante after Wittgenstein: “Aspetto” Language, and Subjectivity from Convivio to Paradiso‘ (with Sara Fortuna), in Dante’s Plurilingualism: Authority, Knowledge, Subjectivity, co-ed. woth Sara Fortuna and Jürgen Trabant (Oxford: Legenda, 2010), pp. 223-48
  • ‘Trasformazioni e assenze: la performance della Vita nova e le figure di Dante e Cavalcanti’, L’Alighieri 35 (2010), 5-23 (repr. in Dante the Lyrical and Ethical Poet. Dante etico e lirico, ed. by 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, co-ed. with Almut Suerbaum (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2010), pp. 123-40
  • ‘Between Affection and Discipline: Exploring Linguistic Tensions from Dante to Aracoeli’ (with Sara Fortuna), in The Power of Disturbance: Elsa Morante’s ‘Aracoeli’, co-ed. with Sara Fortuna (Oxford: Legenda, 2009), pp. 8-19
    ‘Allattamento e origine del linguaggio tra la Commedia dantesca e Aracoeli di Elsa Morante’ (with Sara Fortuna), in Parole di donne, ed. by Francesca Maria Dovetto (Milano: Aracne, 2009), pp. 271-303
  • ‘”Attaccando al suo capezzolo le mie labbra ingorde”: corpo, linguaggio e soggettività da Dante ad Aracoeli di Elsa Morante‘ (with Sara Fortuna), Nuova corrente, 55 (2008), 85-123
  • ‘Nostalgia in Heaven: Embraces, Affection and Identity in Dante’s Comedy’, in Dante and the Human Body, ed. by John Barnes and Jennifer Petrie (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), pp. 91-111
  • ‘Gluttony and the Anthropology of Pain in Dante’s Inferno and Purgatorio’, in History in the Comic Mode: Medieval Communities and the Matter of Person, ed. by 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, ed. by 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), 59-75
  • ‘Dolore come gioia. Trasformarsi nel Purgatorio di Dante’ (with Christoph F.E. Holzhey), Psiche, 4 (2003), 111-26
  • ‘From Plurality to (Near) Unicity of Forms: Embryology in Purgatorio 25’, in Dante for the New Millennium, ed. by 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, ed. by 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, 45.1-2 (1999), 115-32
  • ‘Love, Lust and Avarice: Leodilla between Dante and Ovid’, in Fortune and Romance: Boiardo in America, ed. by Jo Ann Cavallo and Charles Ross (Tempe: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1998), pp. 151-74
  • ‘Giovanni Pascoli: Varianti “conviviali” (1895-1905)’, Revue des Études Italiennes, 41.1-4 (1995), 133-56