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Immacolata Amodeo







Born in Carfizzi (Italy); nationalities: German and Italian; since February 1st, 2012 Secretary General of the German-Italian Centre of European Excellence Villa Vigoni (Loveno di Menaggio, Como, Italy); since 2004 Professor of Literatures at Jacobs University Bremen (currently on leave).

Former activities: research and teaching positions at the Universities of Siegen and Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Università della Calabria (Cosenza), Italy; Studies of Modern Languages and Literature in Perugia; German Studies in Frankfurt a.M.; certified and sworn translater (Hessian Ministry of culture and education); PhD at the University of Siegen; Habilitation (Venia legend) at the University of Bayreuth; free-lance activity for radio and television; (together with Libuse Cerna, Radio Bremen) director of the literature festival globale - Festival für grenzüberschreitende Literatur (Bremen and Bremerhaven, annually from 2007 to 2011).

Main research topics: European Literatures from the 18th to the 21st century; history and theory of media; relations between literature and other media (especially opera, music and film); migration and literature; literature and multilingualism; questions related to cultural theory; colonialism and post-colonialism.

Publications (selection):

‚Die Heimat heißt Babylon’. Zur Literatur ausländischer Autoren in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Opladen 1996.

Frau Macht Wissenschaft. Wissenschaftlerinnen gestern und heute, Königstein 2003 (ed. in cooperation with Nicole Weiß).

Italien in Afrika – Afrika in Italien. Italo-afrikanische Literaturbeziehungen, Trier 2004 (ed. together with Claudia Ortner-Buchberger).

Das Opernhafte. Eine Studie zum „gusto melodrammatico“ in Italien und Europa, Bielefeld 2007.

Literatur ohne Grenzen. Interkulturelle Gegenwartsliteratur in Deutschland - Porträts und Positionen, Sulzbach/Taunus 2009 (ed. together with Heidrun Hörner and Christiane Kiemle).

Crime & Nation. Political and Cultural Mappings of Criminality in Traditional and in New Media, Trier 2009 (ed. together with Eva Erdmann).

Zu Hause in der Welt. Topographien einer grenzüberschreitenden Literatur, Sulzbach/Taunus 2010 (ed. together with Heidrun Hörner).

WortWelten. Positionen deutschsprachiger Gegenwartsliteratur zwischen Politik und Ästhetik, Sulzbach/Taunus 2011 (ed. together with Heidrun Hörner and Jan-Helge Weidemann).

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