Elena Past

Elena PastElena Past is Professor of Italian in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, at Wayne State University, and co-editor of The Italianist Film Issue with Danielle Hipkins and Monica Seger. She was a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome (2021-22) and is currently a Fulbright U.S. Scholar (2022). Her books include Italian Cinema Beyond the Human (2019); Methods of Murder: Beccarian Introspection and Lombrosian Vivisection in Italian Crime Fiction (2012); and the co-edited collections Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies: Italy and the Environmental Humanities (with Serenella Iovino and Enrico Cesaretti, 2018) and Thinking Italian Animals: Human and Posthuman in Modern Italian Literature and Film (with Deborah Amberson, 2014). Her research interests encompass environmental media studies, animal studies, posthumanism, and Italian film studies. elenapast@wayne.edu