Ph.D., Rutgers University
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Michele Monserrati received his Ph.D. in Italian Studies from Rutgers University in 2012 and a “Dottorato di ricerca in Italianistica,” from the University of Florence in 2007. In 2005 he published the book Le “cognizioni inutili,” saggio su “Lo Spettatore fiorentino” di Giacomo Leopardi [“Useless Cognitions,” Essay on the Journal “Lo Spettatore Fiorentino” by Giacomo Leopardi] (Florence: University Press) and edited a published volume of correspondence, Benedetto Croce – Guido Mazzoni (Florence: SEF, 2007). He is author of articles on Giacomo Leopardi, Giovanni Pascoli and Aldo Palazzeschi. Currently, Professor Monserrati is working on a book manuscript exploring images of Japan in works by Italian writers who visited the Land of the Rising Sun beginning with the time of the Meiji restoration (1868) and during the subsequent opening of Japan’s relations with the West. The title of his most recent article is “Little Italy, Big Japan: Patterns of Continuity and Displacements,” published in Italian Studies in Southern Africa. Vol. 25, n. 1 (2012): 9-18. Fueled by his interest in the intersection between Japanese and Italian cultures, he is also now at work on an upcoming article on the representation of the ‘nuclear fear’ in Italy, with a specific focus on the works of Paolo Volponi.
Outside of academia, Professor Monserrati enjoys trying new sports, among the most recent, yoga, fitness boot camp, soccer and running.