Plenary Speaker Biography


Nicola GARDINI is Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at the University of Oxford. An investigator of structuring metaphors in narratives from various traditions, he is the author of literary essays, novels, poetry collections, and translations of poetry from English (W. H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Emily Dickinson among others), Latin (Ovid and Catullus), and Greek (Marcus Aurelius).


His latest novel, La vita non vissuta (Feltrinelli, 2015), tells the psychological and linguistic story of an infection, exploring the metaphors through which the HIV positive protagonist appropriates the notion of disease and painstakingly makes sense of his entire life.


His novel Le parole perdute di Amelia LYND (Feltrinelli, 2012, Premio Viareggio 2013 and Zerilli-Marimò 2013) was published by New Directions in 2016 with the title Lost Words (transl. Michael MOORE).


His book Viva il latino (Garzanti, 2016) has been in the list of Italy’s bestselling books for several months now and is being translated into numerous languages. His latest book, Con Ovidio (Garzanti, 2017), explores the most original themes of Ovid’s imagination.


He contributes literary articles to the cultural pages of the most important Italian daily newspapers (“Repubblica”, “Il Corriere della sera”, and the “Domenicale” of the “Sole 24 ore”), and is an editor of the journals “Poesia” and “Paragone”.




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