Luca Cottini, Ph.D.
I am associate professor of Italian Studies at Villanova University. I am a literary scholar and a cultural historian. I was born and raised in Varese, Italy and I completed my undergraduate degree in Classics at the University of Milan. After moving to the United States, I specialized at Notre Dame and Harvard on Italian modernist literature, and in the early industrial culture, focusing my research on the 19th and 20th centuries.
In my recent book, The Art of Objects: The Birth of Italian Industrial Culture, 1878-1928 (University of Toronto Press, 2018), I deal with the emergence of industrial modernity in Italy at the turn of the 20th century from the dual perspective of literature and industry. As I point out in this interview, my method consists in observing this culture starting from its iconic objects, as they create new social practices, and as they shape, in ads and in the arts, a new imagery of the modern.
If you want to know more on The Art of Objects. The Birth of Italian Industrial Culture, 1878-1928, here is a recent interview at Harvard for La voce di New York.