Davide Messina

Professor of Italian and Comparative Studies

Background

After his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2005-06 Davide Messina was Visiting Fellow at the Italian Department and the Center for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, New York. He 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. Since 2014 he is Head of Italian Studies.

Undergraduate teaching

  • Italian by Heart: Love Songs from Dante to De André
  • Performing Europa in Modern and Contemporary Italy
  • Sicily from Sonnet to Cinema
  • The Italian Baroque: Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Hannibal Lectures: Pasolini and the Cannibal Writers
  • Lampedusa and Stendhal: Prose Fiction in Comparative Perspective
  • Machiavelli: Prince and Prejudice
  • The Firefly Effect: Sciascia, Majorana, and the Moro Affair
  • Metrics Revolutions: Poetry and Society in Italy 1963-1993
  • The Leopard: History, Novel, and Film
  • Italian Styles: Dal ‘500 alla 500

Postgraduate teaching

  • What is Comparative Literature?’ (MSc Comparative and General Literature)
  • Writing (and) History: Holocaust Literature (MSc Comparative and General Literature)
  • Comparative Semiotics: From Sign to Text (MSc Comparative and General Literature)
  • Visual Semiotics: Image, Meaning, Movement (MSc Intermediality)
  • European Intellectuals: Antonio Gramsci (MSc European Studies)
  • Portfolio of Literary Translation (MSc Literary Translation)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Areas of interest for supervision

  • Modern and Contemporary Italian Studies
  • Comparative Literature and Arts
  • Philosophy and Literature

Research summary

Professor Messina's research interests span a wide range of authors and topics from early-modern to contemporary Italian studies, engaging literary history and theory with cultural studies and the arts. Main research areas include modern and contemporary Italian studies, comparative literature and arts, cultural studies, philosophy and semiotics.

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