Chiara Mengozzi: Research & CV

Animal Matters: Challenging the Anthropological Difference and Literary Norms

Research Area 2: Norms & Transgressions

Contact: chiara.mengozzi@cefres.cz

Mengozzi - photoThe general goal of the project is to investigate the political, ethical and aesthetic questions that arise when 20th and 21st century literature tries to represent non-human animals, and to address them by adopting an approach that is both comparative (I will analyse selected works from French, English, Italian and Czech literatures) and interdisciplinary (it will be necessary to draw from the recent debates about the Animal question in different fields of study, ranging from philosophy to bioethics, from law studies to sociology, from cultural anthropology to ethology).

I do not intend to compile an additional contemporary bestiary, i.e. to appraise the animal symbolism in various authors’ poetics, but rather to address a different issue: how literature (the realm of discourse, of narratives, of words) questions itself when it faces animals, their silence and their irreducible and uncanny alterity? More precisely, I will inquire how the irruption of animals into the writing subverts or undermines: a) the norms of discourse (how to represent their peculiar being-in-the-world?); b) the ethics of writing (how to speak on behalf of someone who cannot?); c) the idea of human (where to draw the line between human and non-human?).

CV

Education and Degrees

2011: Ph.D. thesis in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature at the University of Trieste. Title of the dissertation: Narrazioni contese. Pratiche e dispositivi di (auto)rappresentazione nelle scritture italiane della migrazione.

2009: Diploma in Archive Research, Paleography and Diplomatics.

2005: Master degree in Modern Literature at the University of Trieste. Title of the dissertation: Animalità e scrittura. Animali non umani e figure dell’alterità.

2004: Erasmus scholarship at University of Paris 8.

Professional experience (from 2013)

2014-present: Assistant professor of French literature at the Department of French and English Language and Literature (Faculty of Education at the University of Hradec Králové).

September 2015: Seminar on La vie posthume d’Antigone at University of Warsaw (European summer school Faire Justice – quand la philosophie devient politique) organized by OFFRES network.

May-June 2015: Visiting Assistant Professor at Hosei University, Tokyo; course on The struggle for recognition between philosophy and literature: post-colonial scenarios.

July 2014: Seminar on Le récit du corps malade entre métaphore et objectivation, at Université Libre de Bruxelles (European summer school Les discours de la santé et de la maladie, organized by OFFRES network).

2013-2014: French Teacher at the secondary school Božena Němcová in Hradec Králové (Comenius programme).

July 2013: Seminar La dialectique du maître et de l’esclave entre la philosophie et la littérature, at University of Trnava (European summer school Logiques et langages du conflit, organized by OFFRES network).

Professional memberships and fellowships

From 2012: Member of the scientific board of OFFRES (Organisation Francophone pour la Formation et la Recherche en Sciences Sociales).

From 2012: Coordinator of cultural events in Dante Alighieri Association in Prague, organizing lectures and seminars with Italian writers

From 2011: Copyeditor of Between, peer-reviewed journal of the Italian Association for the Theory and Comparative History of Literature.

2007: Fellowship at the University Lyon 2, member of the research team “Coordination Internationale des Chercheurs sur les Littératures Maghrébines” (CICLIM) under the supervision of prof. Charles Bonn.

Publications

Monographs
  • Ch. Mengozzi, Narrazioni contese. Vent’anni di scritture italiane della migrazione, Roma, Carocci, 2013, 214 pp.

(http://www.carocci.it/index.php?option=com_carocci&task=schedalibro&Itemid=72&isbn=9788843069323)

  • Ch. Mengozzi, Raccontare la Grande Guerra. Lettura di un epistolario di San Vito al Torre, vol. XIII, Mariano del Friuli, 2007, 243 pp.
Articles in peer-reviewed journals 
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “La guerra di Flaiano, o l’etica della farsa”, Italia Studies, 74.1 (2018), pp. 57-70
  •  Ch. Mengozzi, “Aux frontières de l’humanité: (in)efficaticé de l’empathie et de l’expérience esthétique”, Romanistika Pragensia, n. 1, vol. XXII, 2018, pp. 165-78
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Les marges de l’homme en jeu aux limbes du Pacifique”, Revue romane. International Journal of Romance Languages and Literatures, 52.2 (2017), pp. 260-281
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Le leggi del mercato e le preferenze dei lettori. Ipotesi sulla circolazione e il successo della narrative italiana ultra-contemporanea in Repubblica ceca”, Narrativa. Nuova serie, Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest, 38 (2017), pp. 101-113
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Pinocchio, ragazzo di strada. Il teatro di Baliani nelle bidonville di Nairobi, Arabeschi, 10 (2017), Online journal: http://www.arabeschi.it/42-pinocchio-ragazzo-di-strada-il-teatro-baliani-nelle-bidonville-nairobi/
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Lo sguardo e la colpa: Tempo di uccidere di Ennio Flaiano e la dialettica servo-signore alla prova del colonialismo”, Modern Language Notes – Italian issue – John Hopkins University Press, 31.1 (2016), pp. 175-195
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Pinocchio migrant et postcolonial. Parcours de subjectivation entre Europe centrale, Italie et Afrique”, Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 8.2 (2016), pp. 36-61
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “De L’utilité et de l’inconvénient du concept de World Literature”, Revue de littérature comparée, 3 (2016), pp. 335-349
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Scrivere la storia significa incasinare la geografia: mappe postcoloniali”, Etudes romanes de Brno, 37. 2 (2016), pp. 31-44
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “What little I know of the world I assume. Cornici nazionali e mondiali per le scritture migranti e postcoloniali“, Modernità letteraria, 8 (2015), pp. 27-42
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Minor is beautiful. Il concetto di letteratura minore come strategia di (auto)legittimazione per le scritture migrant”, Studi culturali, IX.1 (2012), pp. 28-48
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Scena interlocutoria e paradigma giudiziario nelle scritture italiane della migrazione”, Between, II.3 (2012), online journal http://ojs.unica.it/index.php/between/article/view/376/364
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Strategie e forme di rappresentazione di sé nella “letteratura italiana della migrazione”, Italies. Littérature. Civilisation. Société, 14 (2010), pp. 381-399
  • Ch. Mengozzi – E. Pizzinat, “Mito infranto. Il miraggio italiano e la prospettiva coloniale nel romanzo di una scrittrice etiopica”, Zapruder. Storie in movimento, 23 (2010), pp. 116-123.
  • Ch. Mengozzi – R. Kirchmayr, “Sartre e le retoriche dell’oppressione. Dall’Orfeo Negro alla Prefazione ai Dannati della terra di Fanon”, aut aut, 339 (2008), pp. 104-120
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Se focaliser sur les animaux. Une lecture de En attendant les barbares de J. M. Coetzee”, Le bateau fantôme, 7 (2008), pp. 69-91
Books’ chapters
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “The Blind Spot of the Plot. Thinking Beyond Human with Karel Čapek”, Outside the Anthropological Machine. Crossing the Human-Animal Divide and Other Exit Strategies, London-New York, Routledge, 2019 (being published)
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Il romanzo degli altri. Trent’anni di narrativa italiana postcoloniale e della migranza”, Storia del romanzo in Italia, eds. G. Alfano, F. De Cristofaro, Roma, Carocci, vol. IV, 2018, pp. 435-47
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Griot Fulêr. L’émigration/immigration à l’épreuve d’une (im)possible traduction”, Récits de migration. En quête de nouveaux regards, J. Ghidina, N. Violle (eds.), Clermont-Ferrand, Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal, 2014, pp. 257-272.
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Archivio, mercato e strategie del vissuto. Su alcune scritture collaborative degli anni Duemila”, Transkurturelle italophone Literatur / Letteratura italofona transculturale, Kleinhans – R. Schwaderer (eds.), Würzburg, Königshausen & Neumann, 2013, pp. 37-55
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Paris est un livre toujours ouvert. Les Nuits de Paris di Rétif de la Bretonne: flâneries e narrazioni”, Metropolis, A. Masecchia, (ed.),  Quaderni di Synapsis, vol. IX, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2010, pp. 75-87
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Città e modernità. Nuovi scenari urbani nell’immaginario della “letteratura italiana della migrazione“, Moderno e modernità: la letteratura italiana, C. Gurreri et al. (eds.), Roma, 2008, online http://www.italianisti.it/FileServices/Mengozzi%20Chiara.pdf
Editorial works
  • Mengozzi (ed.), Outside the Anthropological Machine. Crossing the Human-Animal Divide and Other Exit Strategies, London-New York, Routledge (being published)
  • Mengozzi, P. Vurm (eds.), (E)migrations, transferts : métissages et dynamiques de la ville / Dinamiche urbane : migrazioni, dislocazioni, creolizzazioni”, special issue Études romanes de Brno, vol. 37, n° 2, 2016.
  • Mengozzi, G. Zanfabro (eds.) “Davanti alla legge. Tra letteratura e diritto”, special issue Between, II. 3 (2012).
Translations of my articles
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “A World Literature fogalmának hasznáról és káráról az irodalomtudományban”, Helikon: Transnational Perspectives in Literary Studies, n. 2, 2015, pp. 157-173 (translated from French to Hungarian by Berkovits Balázs)
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Le roman des autres: trente ans de littérature italienne de la migration”, Du Colonial au mondial. Anthologie théorique transculturelle, Silvia Contarini – Claire Joubert – Jean-Marc Moura (eds.), Mimesis France, 2019 (translated from Italian to French by Ramona Onnis – being published)
Reviews
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Paolo Vignola, La lingua animale. Deleuze attraverso la letteratura”, Between, I, 2, 2011, http://www.between-journal.it.
  • Ch. Mengozzi, Review of “Scuola e Laboratorio di Cultura delle Donne” (Duino, 25 giugno-1 luglio 2011), Archivi dei sentimenti e culture pubbliche. Un percorso di lettura, http://www.interculturadigenere.org/
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Riccardo Bonavita, Spettri dell’altro. Letteratura e razzismo nell’Italia contemporanea”, Between, I, 1, 2011, http://www.between-journal.it.
  • Ch. Mengozzi, “Franca Sinopoli, Silvia Tatti (eds.), I confini della scrittura. Il dispatrio nei testi letterari”, Semicerchio. Rivista di poesia comparata, 40 (2009), http://semicerchio.bytenet.it/articolo.asp?id=158
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