Luca Cottini, Ph.D.
I am a literary scholar and a cultural historian. I completed my undergraduate studies in Classics at the University of Milan. In 2005, I moved to the United States, where I specialized at Notre Dame (MA) and Harvard (PhD) on Italian modernist literature and early industrial culture.
In my book, The Art of Objects: The Birth of Italian Industrial Culture, 1878-1928 (University of Toronto Press, 2018), I examine the emergence of industrial modernity in Italy at the turn of the 20th century from the concomitant perspectives of literature and industry. Here is an interview I gave presenting the project at Harvard.
In my scholarly work and in my teaching, I combine research on Italian writers from the 19th and 20th centuries (D’Annunzio, Palazzeschi, Marinetti, Fenoglio, and Calvino) with the investigation on the philosophy and aesthetics of Italian design, advertising, and entrepreneurship. You can learn more about my scholarship and courses at my personal page.