Cecilia Novero is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Languages and Cultures at the University of Otago in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her research in the interdisciplinary Humanities spans the fields of Food Studies, Animal Studies, Environmental Humanities, and Avant-garde Studies, with a focus on Visual Culture and German-speaking literature and film. Cecilia is the author of Antidiets of the Avant-Garde: From Futurist Cooking to Eat Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). She is co-editor of Otago German Studies with Dr August Obermayer and Peter Barton. She is also on the academic board of antennae, and the editorial board of the Animal Studies Journal and is a member of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies (University of Canterbury, NZ). She has published in journals such as seminar, German Studies Review, cinema journal, food and foodways, antennae, among others. Her articles have also appeared in edited volumes such as Gorgeous Beasts Animal Bodies in Historical Perspective (edited by Joan B. Landes, Paula Young Lee, and Paul Youngquist, PSU 2012) and Animal Life and the Moving Image (edited by Michael Lawrence and Laura McMahon, BFI 2015). She is the translator into Italian of Russell Page, The Education of a Gardener (L’educazione di un giardiniere, Umberto Allemandi &Co., reprint 2011).


University of Turin, MA

University of Chicago, PhD

Other Publications



“Daniel Spoerri’s Friends at the Eat Art Gallery” in What is Cooking? Food Art and the Counterculture, edited by Silvia Bottinelli and Margherita D’Ayala Valva (University of Arkansas Press, 2017)

“Futurist Cooking” in International Handbook of Futurism, edited by Günter Berghaus (2017)


Antidiets of the Avant-garde: From Futurist Cooking to Eat Art (Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press, 2010), 368 pages. The book examines literary and artistic avant-garde movements through the “culinary field” as the latter intersects with visual culture and broader debates about consumption. Reviews in major international journals noted that the book provides, through its examination of food consumption and aesthetics, a unique vantage on the relationships between various avant-garde movements over time. Reviews laud the book’s interdisciplinarity, particularly its use of comparative critical theory, aesthetics and art history. The University of Minnesota Press is a leading press, distinguished in the areas of cultural theory, criticism and interdisciplinary studies, for which most recently was awarded a prestigious award by the Mellon Foundation (Chronicle of Higher Education, October 31, 2007).

 Refereed Essays in Journals and Chapters in Edited Volumes

“Bear Images: Human Performativity and Animal Touch in Grizzly Man” in Animal Life and the Moving Image, edited by Michael Lawrence and Laura McMahon and (London: Palgrave-BFI, 2015), 238-253.

“Following in the Tracks of a Dog: ‘The Beggarwoman of Locarno’”German Studies Review 38:3 (October 2015), 491-508.

“Introduction to: ‘From Hypnosis to Animals’ by Raymond Bellour” with Hilary Radner, in Cinema Journal 53:3 (2014), 1-8.

“Birds on Air: Sally McIntyre’s Radio Art” in Antennae 27 (December 21st, 2013).

“Posthuman Animals and the Avant-Garde: The Case of Daniel Spoerri,” Antennae 26 (September 25th, 2013).

“Daniel Spoerri’s Carnival of Animals (1995)” in Gorgeous Beasts: Animal Bodies in Historical Perspective, edited by Joan Landes, Paula Young Lee and Paul Youngquist (University Park: Penn State University Press, 2012), 151-166.

“Adaptation as Palimpsest of Collective Memories” in Proceedings of the Colloquium: Creative Imitations and Appropriations: From Cinematic Adaptations to Remakes (University of Otago, 2011), 31-35.

“Christian Petzold’s Yella and the Phantoms of Late Capitalism” in Proceedings of the Film & History 2008 Biennial Conference, CD-ROM, edited by Cynthia J. Miller and Loren P.Q. Baybrook (Oshkosh, Wisconsin: Center for the Study of Film and History 2009).

“Painful Painting and Brutal Ecstasy: Brus and Muehl’s Material Actions,” seminar 43:4 (November 2007): 453-468.

“Class and Gender Anxieties in Weimar Nutritional Discourse: Max Rubner’s Volksernährung,” The Journal of Popular Culture 40:1 (January 2007): 109-146.

“Nouvelle Cuisine Meets the German Cinema: Bella Martha’s Recipe for Contemporary Film,” Food and Foodways 12:1 (January – March 2004): 27-52.

“Dada-Diets: Dysfunctional Physiologies of Devouring,” seminar 37:1 (Feb. 2001): 1-20.

“Stories of Food: German Nutritional Texts and Cookbooks between the Wars,” Journal of Popular Culture 34:3 (Winter 2000) 163-181.

“«Baratto» e l’affermazione passiva del pudore” Romance Languages Annual II (1992): 314-318 (double-columned).

Contributions to Art Catalogs, and Other Publications

“Cecilia Novero — Mustafa Sabbagh” in Antennae 38, Winter 2016, pp. 83-93.

“Eat Art and Fluxus” in Arts&Food. Edited by Germano Celant. Catalogue EXPO 2015. (Milan: Electa Mondadori, 2015)

“Miralda: Turning the Tables” in De Gustibus Non Disputandum: Miralda, Catalog of Exhibition at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 26 May – 27 September 2010 (Madrid: La Fabrica, 2010): 59-70.

“Contemporary German Journeys to Italy” in Issues in Travel Writing: Empire, Spectacle, and Displacement, ed. K. Siegel (New York: Peter Lang 2002) 67-84.

“Daniel Spoerri’s ‘Invention of Tradition’: Symi and Eat Art,” article solicited for Daniel Spoerri presents Eat Art. Catalog of the exhibition at Jeu de Paume, curated by Daniel Abadie. Paris April 29-June 5th, 2002: 51-57. [In French]

“Daniel Spoerri’s ‘Invention of Tradition’: Symi and Eat Art,” article solicited for Daniel Spoerri presents Eat Art Catalog of the exhibition at Aktionsforum Praterinsel curated by Elizabeth Hartung (Munich, 2001): 64-75. [In German]

“Food,” Encyclopedia of Contemporary German Culture, ed. John Sanford (London: Routledge, 1999): 271-273.

“Feminisms, German,” The Feminist Encyclopedia of German Literature, eds. Friederike Eigler and Susanne Kord (Washington: Greenwood Press, 1995): 155-157.

“Struck, Karin,” The Feminist Encyclopedia of German Literature (Washington: Greenwood Press, 1995): 496-498.

“Spie post-moderne: Gli intellettuali tedeschi e la Stasi: L’affare Anderson,” Linea D’Ombra 75 (1992):33.

Review-Articles, Reviews and Interviews

Morte a Venezia: Thomas Mann / Luchino Visconti: un Confronto, edited by Francesco Bono, Luigi Cimmino and Giorgio Pangaro (Soveria Mannelli, Catanzaro: Rubbettino Editore, 2014). Review in Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, Vol. 5.3 (July 2017).

Interview with University of Otago Magazine on Antidiets of the Avant-Garde (Feb. 2011)

Interview with Nicole Caruth on Antidiets of Avant-Garde Art21 Blog at http://blog.art21.org/2009/12/02/antidiets-of-the-avant-garde/ published in December 2009: np.

Benjamin’s Ghosts. Interventions in Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory. Edited by Gerhard Richter,” review-article CLS 41.2 (Spring 2004): 296-303.

Frauen Kochen. Edited by Martian Kaller-Dietrich and Annemarie Schweighofer,” review-article in Food and Foodways 11.4 (October – December 2003): 250-255.

Walter Benjamin and the Corpus of Autobiography by Gerhard Richter,” seminar 39:4 (November 2003): 368-370.

Benjamin Heute: Großstadtdiskurs, Postkolonialität und Flanerie by Rolf Goebel,” review-article in German Quarterly 76.2 (Spring 2003): 233-237.

Neo-Avantgarde and Culture Industry: Essays on European and American Art from 1955 to 1975 by Benjamin Buchloh,” review-article in Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 28:4 (2001): 539-544. (It came out in 2004, but appears as 2001 due to backlog]

Die Dichterin und das schelmische Erhabene. Else Lasker-Schulers Die Naechte Tino von Bagdads by Vivian Liska,” Colloquia Germanica 33.4 (2000): 402-404.

Primo Levi: Tragedy of an Optimist by Myriam Anissimov,” review-article in Annali d’Italianistica 17 (1999): 381-387.

Überbleibsel. Eine kleine Erotik der Kueche by Jeannette Lander,” review-article Focus on Literatur 5 (1996): 56-61.

Die Entdeckung der Currywurst by Uwe Timm,” Focus on Literatur 1:2 (1994): 202-205.

“Interviews with artists Gilberto Zorio and Mainolfi Dopodomani” 1 (1988), no page numbers.
Alexander Kluge (excerpts) Eds. Sergio Toffetti and Giovanni Spagnoletti (Torino: Lindau 1994): 35-40; 47-85. From German into Italian.

The Education of a Gardener by Russell Page (Torino: Allemandi 1994) 400 pages. From English into Italian.

“Uwe Kolbe (poem)” Poesia contemporanea tedesca Ed. by Anna Chiarloni (Torino: Einaudi 1994): 355. From German into Italian.

“Gayatri C. Spivak” by Rebecca West and Marguerite Waller in I discorsi della critica in America (Roma: Bulzoni 1993): 149-164 From English into Italian.

“La riunificazione stentata” by Gabriele Dietze in Linea D’Ombra 75 (1992): 33-38. From German into Italian.

“La mia Germania non compare in nessun atlante” by Jurek Becker and Martin Walser in L’Opera al Rosso 1 (1990), np. From German into Italian.

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