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Davide Messina

Personal Chair of Italian and Comparative Studies

Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Modern and Contemporary Italian Studies
Italian Baroque and Neo-Baroque Studies
Comparative Literature
Italian Cultural studies
Sicilian Literature


After his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2005-06 Davide Messina was Visiting Fellow at the Italian Department and the Center for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, New York. He joined the University of Edinburgh in 2007 as Lecturer in Italian Studies. In 2008-11 he was Director of the graduate programme in Comparative and General Literature. Since 2014 he is Head of Italian Studies.


Professor Messina's research interests span a wide range of authors and topics from early-modern to contemporary Italian studies, engaging literary history and theory with cultural studies and the arts. Main research areas include modern and contemporary Italian studies, comparative literature and arts, cultural studies, philosophy and semiotics.


Undergraduate teaching

  • Italian by Heart: Love Songs from Dante to De André
  • Performing Europa in Modern and Contemporary Italy
  • Sicily from Sonnet to Cinema
  • The Italian Baroque: Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Hannibal Lectures: Pasolini and the Cannibal Writers
  • Lampedusa and Stendhal: Prose Fiction in Comparative Perspective
  • Machiavelli: Prince and Prejudice
  • The Firefly Effect: Sciascia, Majorana, and the Moro Affair
  • Metrics Revolutions: Poetry and Society in Italy 1963-1993
  • The Leopard: History, Novel, and Film
  • Italian Styles: Dal ‘500 alla 500

Postgraduate teaching

  • What is Comparative Literature?’ (MSc Comparative and General Literature)
  • Writing (and) History: Holocaust Literature (MSc Comparative and General Literature)
  • Comparative Semiotics: Sign to Text (MSc Comparative and General Literature)
  • Visual Semiotics: Image, Meaning, Movement (MSc Intermediality)
  • European Intellectuals: Antonio Gramsci (MSc European Studies)
  • Portfolio of Literary Translation (MSc Literary Translation)

Research outputs

  1. Condizioni di felicità: La performatività retroattiva di Petrolio

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  2. Blind windows: Leopardi with Rothko

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Neobaroque Festino: Modern Italy and Latin American postmodernity

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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