Italian Literature and Cultural Studies
Areas of Expertise:
– Italian and Mediterranean studies (13th-16th centuries)
– History of ideas, with a focus on early-modern representations of Islam
– History of Arabic and Islamic studies in Spain, France, and Italy
– Intercultural studies and cross-cultural poetics
Andrea Celli graduated in “Letteratura moderna” at the Univerità di Padova (Italy), where he also received his PhD Degree in “Filologia italiana ed Ermeneutica” (2004).
In 2012-2013 he spent one year as a visiting fellow at the School of Advanced Study (Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies – University of London). From 2007 to 2014 he lectured “Ermeneutica e Storia della Critica” at the MA in “Lingua, letteratura e civiltà italiana” (University of Lugano, Switzerland).
He has published several monographs, essays, and chapters, and translated a number of works from French and Arabic authors (e.g. Louis Massignon and Adonis).
His current research projects include an interdisciplinary study on early-modern representations of Hagar and Ishmael, as genealogical symbols of religious minorities; and a long essay on the ‘afterlife’ of Saladin in Counter-Reformation literature. Forthcoming is the book A Mediterranean Comedy: Dante and Islam from Medieval Tuscany to Postcolonial Italy.