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Peter Lešnik is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Besides the M.A. in Italian from the University of Pennsylvania obtained in 2013, he earned a Bachelors and a Masters from the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, where he graduated in 2010 with a dissertation on the rhetoric and poetics of David Lynch (Il sorriso della Sfinge: enigmi ed enigmaticità nel cinema di David Lynch).
Peter Lešnik has a broad range of academic interests, including literature, cinema, art history, literary theory, critical theory, and psychoanalysis. His main fields of interest are 20th century Italian literature and Italian cinema, with a specific focus on the literary and cinematic production after WWII. He has worked on Italian writers from the second half of Novecento that he likes to define as those “inhabiting the margin”: Guido Morselli, Salvatore Satta, Carmelo Samonà. Lately he has been attempting to map the latest Italian filmic production (from the early 1990s on) in the context of contemporary World cinema.
- In una barchetta di carta. Derive della speranza nella narrativa di Guido Morselli in Futuro italiano. Scritture del tempo a venire, a cura di Alessandro Benassi, Fabrizio Bondi, Serena Pezzini, Lucca: Pacini Fazzi, 2012, pp. 215-229.
- L’anti-apocalittica di Guido Morselli, NeMLA 2014 (Harrisburg, April 5)
- Disfare l’ideologia attraverso la danza. Le metafore politiche del corpo in Amore e ginnastica di Edmondo de Amicis, AAIS 2014 (Zürich, May 24)
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS:
- “H. Clifford Fellow 2013-2014”