Francesco G. Loriggio


Degrees:B.A. (U.B.C.), M.A., Ph.D. (U.C.L.A.)


Francesco Loriggio is Italian-born but received his university education in North America, at the University of British Columbia and the University of California at Los Angeles. A past president of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies and the last director of the Research Unit on Southern European Literature and Culture (RUSELC), he is currently Professor of Italian and Comparative Literary Studies in the College of the Humanities and in the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture.

In the Carleton Italian program he has taught courses on every period of Italian literature from the 13th century to post-modernism. His teaching in comparative literary studies has been equally wide-ranging: during the last ten years he has devoted courses to such topics as literary theory, the idea and history of comparative literature, travel and displacement in European literature from Homer to post-colonialism, dramaturgical models in literature and the social sciences, the comic in modern culture, modernity and the idea of imitation, globalization and literary studies. In the College of the Humanities he has on occasion co-taught Humanities 3000 (“Culture and Imagination from 1500 to 1800″) and Humanities 3200 (“Continental European Literature”).

Research Interests

  • Literary theory, particularly the relation between literature and other disciplines;
  • Modern Italian literature and culture;
  • Italian American and Italian Canadian culture;
  • Renaissance poetics.

Selected Publications

Books Edited

The Last Effort of Dreams: Essays on the Poetry of Pier Giorgio Di Cicco. Ed. Francesco Loriggio. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007.

Articles and Book Chapters

“Introduction.” The Last Effort of Dreams, cit., ix-xvii.

Flying Deeper Into the Century: Quick Takes.” The Last Effort of Dreams, cit., 61-82.

“Basic Stuff: Poetry, Religion and Modernity in Di Cicco’s Later Work,”The Last Effort of Dreams, cit, 147-183.

“Allegories of Modernity: Space, Time and the Mediterranean.”Modern Art and the Idea of the Mediterranean. Ed. Voitech Jirat-Wasiutynski. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007, 34-60.

“Mary Melfi: The Larger Context.” Mary Melfi. Essays on Her Works . Ed. William Anselmi. Toronto: Guernica, 2007.158-182.

“Modernism, Memory and the Mediterranean: Italian Variations.”Modernism and Modernity in the Mediterranean World. Eds. Luca Somigli and Domenico Pietropaolo. Ottawa: Legas 2006. 13-42.

” Modernità e meridionalismo ne I vecchi e i giovani .” I vecchi e i giovani. Storia romanzo film . A cura di Enzo Lauretta. Agrigento: Edizioni del Centro Nazionale Stud Pirandelliani, 2006.143-162.

“Disciplinary Memory as Cultural History: Comparative Literature, Globalization and the Categories of Criticism.” Comparative Literature Studies 41.1 (2004): 49-79.

“Of Time and Redemption: Notes on the Culture of Autobiography.”Postmodernism and the Ethical Subject. Eds. Barbara Gabriel and Susan Ilzcan. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2004. 333-359.

“Italian Migration Outside Europe: Cultural, Historical and Literary Issues.” Neohelicon (Hungary). 31.1 (2004): 19-42 .

“Emigrazione e italianistica.” Quaderni d’italianistica , XXII, 1(2001), 7-33 Reprinted in Rivistadi Studi Ungheresi, 1 (2002), 137-164 and inKuma 4 (2002),

“Corrado Alvaro.” Dictionary of Literary Biography. Vol. 264: Italian prose Writers 1900-1945. Ed Rocco Capozzi and Luca Somigli. New York: Gale, 2002, 14-23.

“Italian-Canadian Literature: Recapitulating.” Italian Canadiana, 14 (2000), 66-85.