Luca Naponiello is a PhD candidate in Italian and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and a Core Preceptor in the Core Curriculum. His research addresses nineteenth and twentieth century literature, folklore, and cultural studies; the environmental humanities; material ecocriticism; geocriticism. In his current project, entitled Through the Trees and Underground: Italo Calvino Between Ecology and Folklore, he offers an ecocritical reading of Italo Calvino’s Fiabe italiane, a collection of oral folktales, focusing on the representation of natural environments; on the themes of coexistence and interconnectedness between humans and nonhumans in the fictional world of the tales; and on the potential of stories to decenter the human at the time of the Anthropocene.
At Columbia, he has taught Elementary and Intermediate Italian language classes, and he currently teaches Literature Humanities as a Core Preceptor. He previously studied at the University of Bologna and at the University of Warwick, focusing and publishing on the work of the queer novelist Pier Vittorio Tondelli. From 2019 to 2022, he worked as a rapporteur for the Columbia University “Seminar in Modern Italy” held at the Italian Academy.