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Dirk Vanden Berghe Portrait Dirk Vanden Berghe with book

Dirk Vanden Berghe

Professor of Italian Literature, Academic staff

Biography

Dirk Vanden Berghe's research focuses on late eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth-century Italian literature, often with a stylistic and intertextual approach. He has published on the work of poets-translators both of proto-romantic works (more specifically on Gessner’s Idyllen, on Ossian’s Poems) and of classics (the Iliad translated after Vincenzo Monti’s adaptation; the Aeneid; Shakespeare in early Italian translations). A series of his publications invesigate the influence of Monti’s work on Giacomo Leopardi. Together with Claudio Gigante he edited the volume Il romanzo del Risorgimento (Brussels, Presses Interuniversitaires Européennes – Peter Lang, 2011). Regarding the 20th century, he studied the Florentine pre-WWI culture, especially the work of Ardengo Soffici, and dedicated a large amount of essays and a monograph to this writer (Ardengo Soffici dal romano al «puro lirismo», 2 volumes, Firenze, Olschki, 1997).

Location

Building B
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels