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Serenella Iovino

Prof. Dr. Serenella Iovino

Carson Fellow

Serenella Iovino is a professor of Italian Studies and Environmental Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a founding member and president of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and Environment. Author of books, essays, and edited projects, Serenella serves on the editorial boards of international journals on environmental topics, including ISLE, Green Letters, and Ecozon@, and is the series editor of "Under the Sign of Nature: Explorations in Ecocriticism" (University of Virginia Press), "Cambridge Elements/Environmental Humanities" (Cambridge University Press) and "Studien zur Kultur und Umwelt/Studies in Culture and Environment" (Peter Lang). A research fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, she has been at the RCC twice so far: in 2015 as a Humboldt visiting scholar, and in 2017-18 as the recipient of a Carson fellowship. Serenella has written on a wide range of topics, including environmental ethics and ecocritical theory, bioregionalism and landscape studies, ecofeminism and posthumanism, Italy and Italian literature, art, trans-national ecocriticism, and the Anthropocene. Her research interests include environmental humanities; ecocriticism; landscape and place (as related to issues of ethics, culture, ecology, bioregionalism); ethics and justice (as related to issues of global environment, society, gender, interspecies relationships); feminist ethics and feminist ecocriticism; the posthuman and material Turn; Italo Calvino and contemporary Italian literature; and literature, ethics, and Naturphilosophie in Germany during the Age of Goethe.

For more information, please visit:
https://unc.academia.edu/SerenellaIovino and

RCC Research Project: Changing Environments, Transforming Society, and Evolutionary Ecologies: Italo Calvino and the Environmental Humanities

Lunchtime Colloquium Video - Reading the Anthropocene with Italo Calvino

Selected Publications:

  • with Serpil Opperman, eds. Material Ecocriticism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014. 
  • with Serpil Opperman, eds. Environmental Humanities: Voices from the Anthropocene. Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. 
  • Ecologia letteraria. Italy: Edizione Ambiente, 2006. 
  • with Enrico Cesaretti and Elena Past. Italy and the Environmental Humanities: Landscapes, Nature, Ecologies. Forthcoming, 2018. 
  • Ecocriticism and Italy: Ecology, Resistance, and Liberation. London: Bloomsbury, 2016. (Awarded the Book Prize of the American Association for Italian Studies and the MLA’s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies.)