Areas of Interest
- European modernism and avant-garde
- Italian modernism
- Detective fiction
- Genre literature
Born and raised in Florence, Luca Somigli holds a Laurea from the Università degli Studi di Firenze and a PhD in Comparative Literature from SUNY – Stony Brook. He has published extensively on various aspects of Italian and European modernism and avant-garde, including the volumes Legitimizing the Artist. Manifesto Writing and European Modernism, 1885-1915 (2003) and Italian Modernism: Italian Culture between Decadentism and Avant-Garde, edited with Mario Moroni (2004), and essays on various authors of the period such as Marinetti, Pirandello, Savinio, Bontempelli, and Primo Conti. His research on contemporary narrative, and genre fiction in particular, includes numerous essays on Italian detective fiction, a monograph on Valerio Evangelisti, and the edited volume Negli archivi e per le strade. Il ritorno alla realtà nella narrativa di inizio millennio (2013). His latest publications are the co-edited volumes Futurism: A Microhistory (2017) and Oltre il canone: problemi, autori, opere del modernismo italiano (2019).