19th- and 20th-century American literature; literature and philosophy; theories and practices of reading; Emerson, Pound, McLuhan.
Manlio Della Marca holds a Ph.D. in English-language literatures from the “Sapienza” University of Rome, where he studied under Alessandro Portelli, one of the world’s leading oral historians. Before joining LMU’s Department of English and America Studies, Manlio was a Doctoral Fellow at the International Forum for U.S. Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010) and a BAA Research Fellow at the Eva Hesse Archive of Modernism and Literary Translation in Munich (autumn 2013). In 2014, he was awarded a DAAD postdoctoral fellowship for his project on the unpublished correspondence of Ezra Pound with the media theorist Marshall McLuhan and Eva Hesse, the highly acclaimed German translator of Pound, E.E. Cummings, and Langston Hughes. His publications include essays on Edith Wharton, Thomas Pynchon, Philip K. Dick, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Leslie Marmon Silko. He is currently working on a book titled “Homo Legens: Modes and Moods of Reading” and will be co-editing a critical edition of the Pound-Hesse letters. He is also Book Review Editor of the International Review of American Studies (RIAS), the flagship journal of the International American Studies Association.
Recent courses taught:
American Literature and the World: Short & Long Fiction, Poetry, Letters, and Songs
Homo Legens: Modes and Moods of Reading
Nature | Art | Philosophy: Emerson and Thoreau
Explorations in Literature, Media, and Art: Emerson, Pound, McLuhan
Love and Death in the American Short Story
Bomb-Makers & Sentence-Makers: Terrorists and Writers in American Literature
In Search of the Great American Novel
Less Is More: The Ethics and Aesthetics of the American Short Story
An American Hauntology: Ghosts in American Literature and Culture
Towards a Posthuman(ist) American Studies: Theory, Literature, Film