Emanuele Zinato graduated in Literature and Philosophy in 1989 and obtained a PhD in Italian Studies at the Universities of Ca' Foscari Venice and Padua in 2000. He got a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Padua in 2001, and since 2005 he has been a researcher at the same institution, where he teaches Literary Theory and Comparative Literature. He is on the editorial board of the journal Allegoria and his work has appeared in numerous academic journals, such as Studi novecenteschi, Filologia antica e moderna, Filologia e critica, Moderna, L'Immaginazione, Chroniques Italiennes and Europe.

His main research interests are: 1) the relationship between literature and modernisation in the work of Italian authors writing in the second half of the twentieth century (Franco Fortini, Primo Levi, Italo Calvino, Leonardo Sciascia); 2) the rhetorics of seventeenth-century scientific texts; 3) the styles, ideas and discursive strategies characterising Italian theory and literary criticism in the last three decades of the twentieth century.

He studied the genesis of Paolo Volponi's oeuvre and edited Volponi's complete works (Romanzi e prose, Einaudi 2003-4, with critical and philological notes). His publications include Il vero in maschera. Idee e forme nelle prose scientifiche del Seicento (Liguori, 2003), Le idee e le forme. La critica letteraria italiana dal'900 a oggi (Carocci, 2010) and Automobili di carta. Spazi e oggetti automobilistici nelle rappresentazioni letterarie (Padova Univ. Press, 2012). He is the editor of the volume La scienza dissimulata nel Seicento (Liguori, 2005).

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