Matteo Gilebbi

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I hold a Ph.D. in Italian from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master in "Narratology and New Media" and a "Laurea in Filosofia" from the University of Urbino. At Dartmouth I teach courses on Italian literature, cinema, culture, and language, and I also co-direct the Anthropocene Reading Group and the Leslie Center Institute "Affective Currents: Moving the Environmental Humanities". I am an environmental posthumanist whose research focuses on the connections between literature, cinema, and philosophy, using theories from ecocriticism, new materialism, and animal studies. My most recent work has been published in the edited volumes "Italian Science Fiction and the Environmental Humanities" (Liverpool University Press, 2023); "The Vegan Practice" ("Il Modello Vegano", SEU, 2023); "Paolo Sorrentino's Cinema and Television" (Intellect, 2021); "Towards the River's Mouth" (Lexington Books, 2018); "Italy and the Environmental Humanities: Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies" (University of Virginia Press, 2018); and "The Carol J. Adams Reader: Writings and Conversations 1995-2015" (Bloomsbury, 2016). I translated two books of poetry by Ivano Ferrari, published in the single volume "Slaughterhouse" (Legas, 2019), and co-edited the volume "Italy and the Ecological Imagination: Ecocritical Theories and Practices" (Vernon, 2022).


Dartmouth Hall, Room 309
HB 6087


French and Italian, French and Italian, Comparative Literature, Comparative Literature


  • M.A. Università degli Studi di Urbino, Italy
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison

Selected Publications

  • - "Uncanny Spaces in Inhuman Times: The Art of Giacomo Costa." Italian Science Fiction and the Environmental Humanities. Marco Malvestio, Emiliano Guaraldo, and Daniel Finch-Race (edited by). Liverpool University Press, 2023.


    - "Botanica postumana. Incontri dis-antropocentrici con culture indigene e vegetali", The Italianist (2023), DOI: 10.1080/02614340.2023.2206680


    - "Motivazioni del Modello Vegano: l'Antispecismo." Il Modello Vegan: Gestione in Medicina dei Bisogni Etico-Salutistici. Maria Luisa Arras (edited by). SEU Editions, 2023.


    - "A Personal and Planetary Tale: Giuseppe Berto's Bizarre Environmental Story." Foreword to Oh, Serafina! A Fable of Ecology, Lunacy, and Love by Giuseppe Berto. Translated by Gregory Conti. Rutgers University Press, 2023.


    - Italy and the Ecological Imagination: Ecocritical Theories and Practices. Matteo Gilebbi and Damiano Benvegnù (edited by). Vernon Press, 2022.


    - "Posthuman Sorrentino. Youth and The Great Beauty as Ecocinema." Paolo Sorrentino's Cinema and Television. Annachiara Mariani (edited by). Intellect, 2021. Originally published in "Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies" 7.3, 2019: 351-362.


    - "Posthuman/Transhuman. An Inquiry Into Gabriele Salvatores' Nirvana" The Italianist (Film Issue). Danielle Hipkins, Elena Past, and Monica Seger (edited by) 40-2, 2020: 180-189.


    - Ivano Ferrari, Slaughterhouse. "Introduction" and English Translation by Matteo Gilebbi. Legas Publishing, 2019.


    - "The Posthuman Imagination of Gianni Celati's Cinema." Towards the River's Mouth (Verso la Foce) by Gianni Celati. A Critical Edition. Patrick Barron (edited by). Lanham: Lexington Books, 2018: 117-126.


    - "Witnessing the Slaughter. Human and Nonhuman Animals in Ivano Ferrari's Poetry." Italy and the Environmental Humanities: Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies. Iovino, Serenella; Past, Elena and Enrico Cesaretti (edited by). Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018: 47-56. (A longer version of this essay, in Italian, has been published in: "Testimoni dei Macelli. Uomini e Animali nella poesia di Ivano Ferrari." Animal Humanities. Ecozon@ 7.1 Spring 2016. Guest Editors: Elena Margarita Past and Deborah Amberson: 94-111).


    - "Eco-feminism, anti-speciesism and eco-activism. An Interview with Carol J. Adams." The Carol J. Adams Reader. Writings and Conversations 1995-2015. Adams, Carol J. (edited by). New York: Bloomsbury, 2016: Chapter 13.


    - "Animal Metaphors, Biopolitics, and the Animal Question: Mario Luzi, Giorgio Agamben and the Human-Animal Divide." Thinking Italian Animals: Human and Posthuman in Modern Italian Literature and Film. Past, Elena and Deborah Amberson (edited by). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014: 93-110.