Marco Arnaudo

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Professor of Italian
Director of Graduate Studies, Italian

marnaudo@indiana.edu | (812) 855-7812 | GA 3166

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Research Areas

  • Baroque and early modern literature in Italy
  • 20th- and 21st-century popular culture
  • Tabletop Board Games and Military Simulations

Education

  • PhD, Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard, 2006
  • PhD, Italian, Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, 2004
  • BA, History of Literary Criticism, Pisa University, 2000

Background

My research focuses on a range of topics from Italian culture of the Baroque period, to American comics, military history and theory, and gaming culture. My publications include a volume on the influence of Dante's Divine Comedy on early modern Italian literature, a book about religious and political subtexts in superhero comics, a modern edition of the 17th-century erotic comedy "Il natal di Amore" ("The Birth of Love") by Giulio Strozzi, and an anthology of the Baroque religious poetry of Tolomeo Nozzolini.

My teaching combines these specific research interests with my passion for lively discussions with my students. I have taught both in Italy and in the U.S., developing courses on Baroque literature, 17th- and 18th-century theater, the art of war and the art of wargaming, Italian migrations, history and theory of the superhero genre, detectives and spies in fiction, and theories and practices of conflict and cooperation.

At the present time I am working on a book about interactive literature, and planning a book on the related topic of modern board gaming as interactive fiction.

Selected Publications

Books

  • The Myth of the Superhero. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins UP (2013) 224 pp.
  • Dante barocco: L’influenza della “Divina commedia” su letteratura e cultura del Seicento italiano. (“Baroque Dante: The Influence of the Divine Comedy on 17th-century Italian Literature and Culture”). Ravenna: Longo (2013) 266 pp.
  • Tolomeo Nozzolini, poeta sacro del Seicento (“Tolomeo Nozzolini, Religious Poet of the 17th Century”). Ravenna: Longo (2011). 208 pp.
  • Il genere supereroico: Mito, società, strategie letterarie. Latina: Tunué (2010) 200 pp.
  • Giulio Strozzi. Il natal di Amore. First modern edition of the text, based on its 1629 version. Includes a critical introduction and notes. Roma-Padova: Antenore (2010) LV+276 pp.
  • Il trionfo di Vertunno - Illusioni ottiche e cultura letteraria nell'Età della Controriforma. Lucca: Pacini Fazzi, (2008) 281 pp.
  • La pagina breve: Antologia di racconti italiani del Novecento. Rapallo (Italy): Cideb (2004)

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Stilistica del Dylan Dog delle origini.” Contemporanea 12 (2015): 127-144.
  • “Frammentazione postmoderna e cortocircuiti della comunicazione nelle canzoni di Cochi e Renato.” Contemporanea 11 (2014): 149-162.
  • “Su una possibile fonte secentesca dell’ “Infinito” di Leopardi.” Italica 90 (2013): 650-654.
  • “Parodie, clonazioni e ibridazioni. L’inquieto rapporto coi modelli stranieri nel giallo italiano delle origini.” Strumenti critici 26 (2011).
  • "Verbal Emblems and Arcimboldo's Images in Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia and Astrophil and Stella." Explorations in Renaissance Culture (2010).
  • "Su alcuni parallelismi tra La Rosalinda di Bernardo Morando e I promessi sposi." Esperienze letterarie (2010).
  • "L'altra dissimulazione: Accetto, Pallavicino, Machiavelli." Italica 86.3 (2009).
  • "Sul significato del giocoliere nel Cannocchiale aristotelico di Emanuele Tesauro." Studi secenteschi 50 (2009).
  • "Fosca by Tarchetti and Passione d'amore by Scola: A Comparison." Watching Pages, Reading Pictures: Cinema and Modern Literature in Italy. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2008).
  • "Reminiscenze di Dante nei poemi epici del Seicento." Seicento e Settecento 3 (2008).
  • "Against Chapter XXXVI: Sequels and Remakes of Collodi's Pinocchio in Italian Literature." Forum Italicum (2007).
  • "Alla palestra dell'intelletto: Una lettura del Candelaiodi Giordano Bruno." Italica 85 (2007).
  • "Il personaggio come genere: Batman, gli Elseworldse la serialità." Contemporanea (2007).
  • "Un Inferno barocco: Dante, Stigliani, Marino e l'intertestualità." Studi secenteschi 47 (2006): 89-104.
  • "Belfagor come casistica: Una lettura della Favola machiavelliana." Italianistica34 (2005): 13-26.
  • "Attilio Mussino, autore di Pinocchio: Un esperimento di ibridazione tra cinema, letteratura e fumetto nel primo Novecento italiano." Contemporanea2 (2004): 67-93.
  • "Il bestiario di Machiavelli tra emblematica e naturalismo." Italica 81 (2003). 313-33.

Courses Taught

  • Teatro del '600 e del '700
  • Rome: The City and the Myth
  • Cloak & Dagger: Detectives and Spies from Sherlock Holmes to James Bond and Beyond
  • Journeys and Migrations, from Italy to the Rest of the World
  • Prosa italiana del '600
  • Giallo e mystery
  • Heroes, Superheroes, and Antiheroes
  • Letteratura e cultura del Barocco italiano
  • The Art of War and the Art of Wargaming
  • Conflict and Cooperation: An Interdisciplinary Exploration

Honors, Fellowships, and Awards

  • College of Arts & Humanities Institute Fellowship, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2010
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2008 (Issued to the 5 most promising junior faculty in the university)
  • Trustees Teaching Award, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2008
  • Summer Faculty Fellowship, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2007
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