Remo Ceserani †



Professor of Comparative literature,
University of Bologna,
Italy (until 2004)


Before becoming professor of Comparative Literature at Bologna in 1996, Remo Ceserani taught comparative literature, theory of literature, Italian literature and History of literary criticism at Berkeley, Milan, Genoa and Pisa (Scuola normale and University of Pisa). He was a visiting professor at Brown University, Berkeley, Melbourne, Harvard, Tübingen, Aarhus, São Paulo. In 2007-2008 he held the Francesco De Sanctis Chair of Italian Literature at ETH Zürich. From 2007 he was a visiting professor for a quarter every year at Stanford University. He has lectured in many universities throughout the world.

Publication on the dream and related topics

From 1998 to 2002 professor Ceserani was national coordinator of a project involving various Italian Universities and the Scuola Normale in Pisa, approved and financed by the Italian government, titled: «Il sogno raccontato nella letteratura» («Narrated dreams in literature»). As a result, an archive of narrated dreams was created and six collections of essays on the theme of literary dreams were published by the publishing house Le Monnier (Florence) in a series directed by professor  Ceserani: «Cartografie dell’Immaginario. Saggi di letterature comparate».  Among his books and essays dealing with the theme of dreams or connected with it, besides those included in the volumes of «Cartografie», are: Convergenze, on the relationship between literature and the other disciplines, including psychology (Milan, Mondadori-Pearson, 2010) and L’occhio della Medusa on photography and literature (Turin, Bollati-Boringhieri, 2011). He has edited, with Mario Domenichelli and Pino Fasano, a three-volumes Dizionario dei temi letterari (Torino, UTET, 2007). Recent interviews have appeared in the journals «Studi culturali», «Italian studies», «L’immaginazione», «Transpostcross», «Romance Sphere».