Professor Robert S C Gordon FBA
About this Fellow
Robert S. C. Gordon is Serena Professor of Italian and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He has taught at Cambridge since 1998 and was elected to the Serena Chair in 2012. Prior to that he was Lecturer in Italian and Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford. His principal fields of research are modern Italian literature, cinema and cultural history, and Holocaust studies, with a particular interest in the cultural legacy of the Shoah. His PhD and first book were on the writer, intellectual and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975), with research carried out in Cambridge, Rome and Pavia. He subsequently worked extensively on the Holocaust survivor and writer Primo Levi (1919-1987), authoring a book-length critical study of Levi's engagement with questions of ethics and testimony, and editing several texts by and about Levi, including his interviews and a co-authored report on medical conditions at Auschwitz. This was followed by a wide-ranging study of the complex legacy of the Holocaust in postwar Italy. He has further edited books on censorship and Holocaust visual culture. He served as Senior Editor of the journal Italian Studies (2005-2010) and is co-editor of the book series 'Italian Modernities' (Peter Lang).
- Serena Professor of Italian, University of Cambridge; Fellow, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Scottish literature: T S Eliot; modern & contemporary poetry; creative writing (particularly poetry)
The language of literature and literary theory: Renaissance prosodic experiments, English poetic rhythm, James Joyce and J. M. Coetzee, philosophical approaches to literature.
Literature, science and culture in the nineteenth century
Spanish and Latin American cinema, television, and visual culture; literature in Spanish from the Renaissance to the present