Serenella Iovino

Membership:  2017/18

Member Bio

Serenella Iovino is a professor of comparative literature at the University of Turin. She has been a founding member and president of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and Environment.
Author of books, essays, and edited projects, Serenella is the creative writing & art section editor of the journal . She serves on the editorial boards of international journals on environmental topics, including , Green Letters, and , and is series editor of “Under the Sign of Nature: Explorations in Ecocriticism” (University of Virginia Press) and “Studien zur Kultur und Umwelt/Studies in Culture and Environment” (Peter Lang).
A research fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation, she has been at the RCC twice so far: in 2015 as a Humboldt visiting scholar, and in 2017-18 as the recipient of a Carson fellowship, which will enable her to work at a book project on Italo Calvino.
Serenella has written on a wide range of topics, including environmental ethics and ecocritical theory, bioregionalism and landscape studies, ecofeminism and posthumanism, Italy and Italian literature, art, trans-national ecocriticism, the Anthropocene.
Her research interests include: environmental humanities; ecocriticism; landscape and place (as related to issues of ethics, culture, ecology, bioregionalism); ethics and justice (as related to issues of global environment, society, gender, interspecies relationships); feminist ethics and feminist ecocriticism; the posthuman and material Turn; Italo Calvino and contemporary Italian literature; and literature, ethics, and Naturphilosophie in Germany during the Age of Goethe.
For more information, please visit:


 Changing Environments, Transforming Society, and Evolutionary Ecologies: Italo Calvino and the Environmental Humanities
Lunchtime Colloquium Video - Reading the Anthropocene with Italo Calvino


  • with Serpil Opperman, eds. Material Ecocriticism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014.
  • with Serpil Opperman, eds. Environmental Humanities: Voices from the Anthropocene. Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
  • Ecologia letteraria. Italy: Edizione Ambiente, 2006.
  • with Enrico Cesaretti and Elena Past. Italy and the Environmental Humanities: Landscapes, Nature, Ecologies. Forthcoming, 2018.
  • Ecocriticism and Italy: Ecology, Resistance, and Liberation. London: Bloomsbury, 2016. (Awarded the Book Prize of the American Association for Italian Studies and the MLA’s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies.)