Sicilian Writers, Curriculum Development, Modern Italian Literature, Language Teaching Methods
Modern Italian literature, theater, philosophy (German idealism, aesthetics), comparative modernisms/transnational modernisms, translation, performance
Feminist and Queer Theory in Modern Italian Literature and Cinema; Migration Studies; Sicilian Culture
Modern Italian Literature and Culture and the Technologies of Modernity (Theory of the Novel, History of Publishing, Visual Culture); Gender Studies; Comparative Literature (Italian-French); Women’s Writing Across the Centuries.
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. 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.
Modern Italian and French literature and cinema, philosophy.
Modern Italian Cultural Studies: Cinema, literature.
Comparative and interdisciplinary studies, especially in modern and contemporary international cinema.
Modernism / the Ordinary / the Everyday / American literature / Italian literature / Popular Culture / Queer Theory / the Renaissance.
I am currently teaching Italian and Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Literacy (historical and contemporary); early modern literature (French, English, Italian, Spanish, German); feminist theory; queer studies