Elena Past is Professor of Italian. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary Italian literature and cinema, ecomedia studies and the environmental humanities, posthumanism and animal studies, Italian crime fiction, and ecomafia.
- Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2005
- M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2000
- B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1998
Italian Ecocinema Beyond the Human. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019, winner of the MLA's Howard Marraro Prize.
Italy and the Environmental Humanities: Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies. Eds. Serenella Iovino, Enrico Cesaretti, and Elena Past. University of Virginia Press, Under the Sign of Nature Series, 2018.
"Itinerant Ecocriticism, Southern Thought, and Italian Cinema on Foot." Ecozon@ 11.2 (2020): 26-33.
“Toxic Fruits: Tomatoes, Migration, and the New Italian Slavery.” Co-authored with Giovanna Faleschini Lerner. Journal of Modern Italian Studies. Published online October 2020.
“Volcanic Matters: Magmatic Cinema, Ecocriticism, and Italy.” L’analisi linguistica e letteraria XXIV.2 (2016): 135-46.
“Animal Humanities, or, On Reading and Writing the Nonhuman.” Introduction to special section of Ecozon@. Co-authored with Deborah Amberson. Ecozon@ 7.1 (2016): 1-9.
“Gadda’s Pasticciaccio and the Knotted Posthuman Household.” Co-authored with Deborah Amberson. Relations: Beyond Anthropocentrism 4.1 (2016): 63-78.
“Mediterranean Ecocriticism: The Sea in the Middle.” Handbook of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology. Ed. Hubert Zapf. De Gruyter, 2016. 368-84.
“Documenting Ecomafia.” Nuovo Cinema Politico. Eds. Giancarlo Lombardi and Christian Uva. New York: Peter Lang (Italian Modernities), 2016.
“Il cinema e il suono del silenzio: Le quattro volte.” Animal Studies: Rivista italiana di antispecismo 11 (2015): 56-71.
Thinking Italian Animals: Human and Posthuman in Modern Italian Literature and Film. Eds. Deborah Amberson and Elena Past. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
ITA 5150, Mafia Movies
SPA/ITA/FRE/GER 7010, Introduction to Literary Theory
GLS 2700, Introduction to Global Stories
ITA 5150, Mafia Movies
ITA 4610, Birth of Italian Language and Literature
ITA 4620, The Birth of Italy
ITA 6800, Inventing Italy, Making Italians
ITA 6900, Essere Arte Ambiente
ITA 6870, Trieste: Italy from the Margins