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MemberElena Margarita Past

Elena Past is Associate Professor of Italian in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and is currently Associate Chair of the Department. She has published articles on the toxic waste crisis in Naples, Mediterranean cinema and ecocinema, and Italian crime fiction and film. She is the author of Methods of Murder: Beccarian Introspection and Lombrosian Vivisection in Italian Crime Fiction (2012) and with Deborah Amberson, she co-edited Thinking Italian Animals: Human and Posthuman in Modern Italian Literature and Film (2014) and a special section of the journal Ecozon@ on Animal Humanities.  She is currently finishing a book, Italian Ecocinema, and is coediting a volume on Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies: Italy and the Environmental Humanities with Serenella Iovino and Enrico Cesaretti.

MemberDavid Geoffrey Lummus

David Lummus is the assistant director of the Center for Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He was previously on the faculty at Yale University and then at Stanford University, where he taught medieval and early modern Italian literature and culture. His publications on Boccaccio, Petrarch, and the Italian fourteenth century have appeared in journals such as Mediaevalia, Speculum, and Renaissance Quarterly as well as in books such as the Cambridge Companion to Boccaccio (2015) and Boccaccio: A Critical Guide to the Complete Works (2013). With Martin Eisner, he is co-editor of A Boccaccian Renaissance: Essays on the Early Modern Impact of Giovanni Boccaccio and His Works (University of Notre Dame Press, 2019). He has recently completed a monograph on conceptions of the civic role of the poet in fourteenth-century Italy, and he is the editor of the American Boccaccio Association’s Lectura Boccaccii for Day 6 of the Decameron.