Guido Mazzoni

Università di Siena

The rise of the novel and the rise of human sciences: a parallel history

2018-2019: Fall

Guido Mazzoni is Professor of Literary Theory at the University of Siena. He earned his PhD from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. He has been visiting professor at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, the University of Chicago, the Scuola Normale Superiore, and the University of California Berkeley. He has also been Italian Affilated Fellow for the Arts at the American Academy, Rome, and professor of creative writing at the Scuola Molly Bloom, Rome, and at IULM, Milan.

As a poet, he is the author of La scomparsa del respiro dopo la caduta (in Poesia contemporanea. Terzo quaderno italiano, Guerini, 1992), I mondi (Donzelli, 2010), and La pura superficie (Donzelli, 2017). His work as a scholar focuses on literary genres as symbolic forms. He has written a book on modern poetry (Sulla poesia moderna, Il Mulino 2005) and a Theory of the Novel (Harvard University Press 2017: Italian version Teoria del romanzo, Il Mulino 2011). He has also written a book on contemporary politics and society, drawing on literature and the social sciences (I destini generali, Laterza 2015). He is one of the founders and editors of the cultural website Le parole e le cose.

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