Florian Mussgnug

BA Oxon, MSt Oxon, PhD Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa – Reader in Italian and Comparative Literature at UCL and Academic Director of the UCL Comparative Literature Programme. He has published widely on 20th and 21st Century literature, with a particular focus on literary theory, experimental literature, and narrative prose fiction in Italian, English, and German. His research interest range across a variety of areas, including comparative literature, postmodernism, critical animal studies, environmental literature, philosophy of language and literary theory, literature and religion, cultural representations of catastrophe and apocalypse.  Recent books include The Eloquence of Ghosts: Giorgio Manganelli and the Afterlife of the Avant-Garde (2010, winner of the 2012 Edinburgh Gadda Prize) and The Good Place: Comparative Perspectives on Utopia (2014, with Matthew Reza). He has been Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Rome (2010-11) and has served on the editorial board of Italian Studies and on the executive committees of the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA) and the Réseau Européen d’Etudes Littéraires Comparées. He is co-founder of LINKS (London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies), general series editor of New Comparative Criticism (Peter Lang, Oxford) and international founding member of INCH (International Network for Comparative Humanities). He also serves on the executive committee of Hermes: Consortium for Literary and Cultural Studies, and on the advisory boards of Modern European Research: Journal of Political Social Studies, Studi Culturali: Journal of Italian Cultural Studies, and International Journal of McLuhan Studies. Mussgnug’s contribution to “Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: Interart/Intermedia” focuses on theoretical approaches to interdisciplinary research and on Italian experimentalism since 1945, or, more specifically, during the “long Sixties”.