Prof N Gardini

Nicola Gardini, MA, PhD
Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature


The Renaissance; Stylistics and poetics; poetry; autobiographical fiction; translation from Latin and Greek, and from English. I am currently working on a book exploring lacuna and omission in the construction of literary sense.

Undergraduate Teaching

Renaissance and the classical legacy, XIX- and XX-century poetry; special authors: Petrarch, Leopardi, Zanzotto; poetic translation. I am interested in close textual work and in exploring the ways in which tradition is formed and literature interacts with national imagination.

Postgraduate Teaching

Tradition, translation, Renaissance, modern poetry, history of criticism.

Selected Publications

Academic writings

Viva il latino, Garzanti, 2016 [monograph on literary Latin; a defence of Latin as a crucial subject in contemporary education]
Lost Words, New Directions, 2016 [novel, the linguistic coming of age of a boy in early Seventies Milan; translated by Michael Moore]
La vita non vissuta, Feltrinelli, 2015 [novel; a gay story, exploring love, language, and disease]
Lacuna, Einaudi, 2014 [monograph on omission; a comparative study of reticence as a narrative strategy — examples range from classical antiquity up to modern fiction]
Per una biblioteca indispensabile, Einaudi, 2011
Umanesimo e lacrime di sangue. Una lettura di Inferno XIV, in L’Alighieri, 38, luglio-dicembre 2011, pp. 57-66.
Dante as a Gay Poet, in Metamorphosing Dante. Appropriations, Manipulations, and Rewritings in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, edited by Manuele Gragnolati, Fabio Camilletti, and Fabian Lampart Verlag Turia + Kant, Wien-Berlin, 2011, pp. 61-74
An Ancient Soul in a New Body: Giovanni Pascoli’s Homeric Translations, in “Italian Studies”, Volume 66, Number 1, March 2011 , pp. 59-75
Rinascimento, Einaudi, 2010
Com’è fatta una poesia, Sironi, 2007
Poesie di Ted Hughes, Meridiani Mondadori, 2008
History and Pastoral in the Structure of Leopardi’s Canti, in “Modern Language Review”, 2008, 103 (1), pp. 76-92
Das Homosexuelle in Soldati, in “Studi novecenteschi”, Anno 2007, n. 1, pp. 195-208
Uno sguardo da Caprona: Pascoli e le terre d’oltremare, in “Milano da leggere. Leggere l’altro. Atti del Convegno letterario ADI-SD”, a cura di Barbara Peroni, s. e., Milano, 2007, pp. 56-69


Le parole perdute di Amelia Lynd, Feltrinelli, 2012I baroni, Feltrinelli, 2009
Lo sconosciuto, Sironi, 2007
Così ti ricordi di me, Sironi, 2003


Le parti dell’amore, sedizioni, 2010
Le nuvole, Crocetti, 2007
Sag Harbor, d’if, 2003
Nind, Edizioni Atelier, 2002
Atlas, Crocetti, 1998
La primavera, in Nuovi Poeti Italiani 4, Einaudi, 1995

For a complete list of my writings (both academic and creative) see my personal website

Academic Background

Undergraduate degree: Università Statale di Milano, Laurea in Classics, with a thesis on Ammianus Marcellinus (1988)
PhD in Comparative Literature: New York University, with a thesis on the imitation of classical lyric poetry in Renaissance Italy, France and England (1995).
I was a lecturer at State University of Palermo (1999-2006), visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York (2000 and 2002), at NYU in Florence (2000-2005), at IULM, Feltre (2003 and 2004) and at Università Cattolica, Milan (2005).
I obtained a Research Fellowship at the Italian Academy, Columbia University (Fall 2005)

Other Interests

I write poetry and fiction, and I paint. I published some collections of verse and three novels. My new novel is due to be published some time next year.
I co-edit the monthly magazine “Poesia”, based in Milan.

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