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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Michele Maiolani


Michele Maiolani recently obtained his PhD in Italian at the University of Cambridge, where he investigated the relationship between anthropology and literature in the novels of Italo Calvino, Primo Levi, and Gianni Celati. He is currently an MHRA Scholar in the Modern European Languages at the MMLL Department and a Visiting Fellow at the ILCS (School of Advanced Studies, University of London). He has written extensively on Italian post-war literature, publishing several articles and book chapters on Levi, Calvino, Leonardo Sciascia, Luciano Bianciardi, Andrea Camilleri, and Dario Fo. He is currently writing the first intellectual biography of Primo Levi, which will be published in Italian by Carocci.


Research interests:

  • Anthropology and literature
  • Environmental humanities
  • Post-war and contemporary Italian literature and culture
  • Italian science-fiction
  • Primo Levi
  • Italo Calvino