Dr Giuseppe Episcopo is a PhD Candidate in Italian at the University of Edinburgh. He holds a PhD in Modern Philology from the University of Naples Federico II and in 2006 was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. He is on the editorial boards of Italian Poetry Review (2006 to present), The Edinburgh Journal of Gadda Studies (2011 to present), and is also editorial consultant for an Italian publishing house, Cronopio (2004 to present).
Giuseppe has taught two MA modules in European Theatre and European Studies and is a Postgraduate Tutorial Assistant for Italian Literature at sub-honours and honours level. He also teaches Italian Language at Introductory and Intermediate level.
At the University of Naples Federico II Giuseppe has conducted interdisciplinary seminars and delivered courses in comparative literature (2006—2009), and was undergraduate and postgraduate examiner and supervisor.
At present Giuseppe has a forthcoming monograph on Stefano D’Arrigo and Thomas Pynchon entitled L’eredità della fine. Tempo e mito nel romanzo post-storico. The book will be published by “:duepunti edizioni” (Palermo, Italy) by the spring 2014. The book examines the problems of representation and realism in relation to the historical and cultural context of World War Two through the novels of Thomas Pynchon (Gravity’s Rainbow, 1973) and Stefano D’Arrigo (Horcynus Orca, 1975).
His current PhD thesis in Italian at the University of Edinburgh is entitled Literary Modes and Modern Science: Carlo Emilo Gadda, Primo Levi, and Italo Calvino. The thesis is structured around two main contexts — contemporary Italian literature and modern science — and examines the narrative forms of discourse in relation to perceptual literary mimesis-metamorphosis in the golden section between narrative and 20th century science. Taking into consideration the novels of C.E. Gadda, P. Levi, and I. Calvino, the thesis looks at the paradigm of a new mimesis that emerges from an alternative world perception of science.
This article was published on Oct 30, 2012