Vincenzo A. Binetti

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Vincenzo Binetti

Professor of Italian

Office Location(s): 4004 MLB 1275
Phone: 734.647.2685

  • About

    My primary field of study is nineteenth and twentieth century Italian literature. I am concerned with analyzing the dynamics among Italian intellectuals working between the dominant culture and so-called 'sub-dominant' cultures in the years crucial to the Italian definition of a national identity: that is to say, the Romantic period, the Risorgimento and the second postwar period. I recently became intrigued with notions of 'space' and 'communities' and their relationship to State-formations in a frame of time going beyond the immediate postwar period and covering instead a wider historical and geographical frame.

    I am also working on two other projects. The first will investigate the problematic concept of "resistance" in literature and society. One starting point for this developing interest is already contained in my article "The Myth of the Resistance or the resistance to the Myth? For a (re)reading of The House on the Hill by Cesare Pavese."

    The second project is concerned with analyzing and rethinking the political movements and uprisings of the 1970s, a period of Italian history which had a profound resonance and impact not only in Italy but also in Europe, and deeply affected the lives of many people involved in those events as well as the way of thinking and imagining Italian national identity.

    Recent and Selected Publications 

    Binetti, V.,  Città nomadi. Autonomia e esodo nella metropoli contemporanea. Verona: Ombre Corte, 2008.

    Binetti, V. Nanni Balestrini. Cadmo: Firenze, 2011-12 (forthcoming).

    Binetti, V. and Terradura, A. (translators), Bill Ayers, Fugitive Days: memorie dai Weather Underground. Milano: Cox Edizioni,  2007. Original title: Fugitive Days. A memoir by Bill Ayers. Penguins Books: London, 2003.

    Binetti, V. and Casarino, C., (translators), Giorgio Agamben, Means without End: Notes on Politics. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000. Original title: Mezzi senza fine. Note sulla politica. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri, 1996.

    Binetti, V., Cesare Pavese: una vita imperfetta. La crisi dell'intellettuale nell'Italia del dopoguerra. Ravenna: Longo, 1998.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Italian, Harvard University, 1994
    • M.A., Italian, The University of British Columbia, 1990
    • Laurea, English, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy, 1984
  • Awards
    • Rackham Faculty Fellowship, U-M, 2002
    • Chicago Humanities Institute Fellowship, The Univ. of Chicago, 1996-97
    • The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning Grant, Harvard, 1993
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • 19th-20th Century Italian Literature
    • Cultural Studies
    • Film
    • the radical movements of the 1960s and 1970s
    • relations between Literature, Philosophy, and Political Theory