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After his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2004 Dr Messina worked as Italian Language Assistant in Melbourne, Australia. In 2005-6 he was Visiting Fellow at the Department of Italian and the Center for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, New York.
Dr Messina joined the University of Edinburgh in 2007 as Lecturer in Italian Studies. In 2008-11 he was Director of the graduate programme in Comparative and General Literature. In 2013 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer.
Dr Messina's main research interests are in Modern and Contemporary Italian Studies relate to history of ideas (Gramsci, Vico), literary theory (Pasolini, Collodi, Calvino), Sicilian literature (Lampedusa, Sciascia), and Jewish literature in a comparative perspective (Michelstaedter, Levi).
His current research projects are in Italian Baroque and Neo-Baroque Studies, with a particular focus on the connection between literature, music, and visual arts.
This article was published on Oct 30, 2012