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Mariano DiVito Professor of Italian Studies
Center for Italian Studies, Director
Penn in Venice, Director
Prof. Finotti's interests focus on intertextual and rhetorical strategies in Italian literature. His research explores the relationships among different national traditions, codes, media, genres, and social structures. He is the author of several books, including Sistema letterario e diffusione del decadentismo (1988); Critica letteraria e linguaggio religioso (1989); Una ferita non chiusa. Misticismo, filosofia, letteratura in Prezzolini e nel primo Novecento (1992); Retorica della diffrazione. Bembo, Aretino, Giulio Romano e Tasso: letteratura e scena cortigiana (2004), as well as many articles on literary theory and on Italian literature, from Dante to the XXth century. He published editions of Fogazzaro, Prezzolini, D'Annunzio, Prati, Aleardi, Grossi, Carducci. He is currently working on the rhetorical metamorphosis and multiplications of the 'self' in Italian literature, from the medieval stage to the contemporary writers. A member of the Advisory Board of Lettere Italiane, Prof. Finotti is President of the AISLLI (Associazione Internazionale per gli Studi di Lingua e Letteratura Italiana). Among his recent publications: Melchiorre Cesarotti e le trasformazioni del paesaggio europeo, ed. by F. Finotti. Trieste: EUT, 2010; Melchiorre Cesarotti, “Sulla tragedia e sulla poesia”, ed. by F. Finotti. Venezia: Marsilio, 2010.