Elena Past is professor of Italian in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Wayne State University. Her research includes work on Italian and Mediterranean cinema and ecocinema, ecomafias and the toxic waste crisis in Naples, and Italian crime fiction and film. She is the author of Methods of Murder: Beccarian Introspection and Lombrosian Vivisection in Italian Crime Fiction (University of Toronto Press, 2012) and Italian Ecocinema beyond the Human (Indiana University Press, 2019). She is co-editor of Thinking Italian Animals: Human and Posthuman in Modern Italian Literature and Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) with Deborah Amberson, and Italy and the Environmental Humanities: Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies (University of Virginia Press, 2018) with Serenella Iovino and Enrico Cesaretti. She currently serves as co-editor of the Italianist Film Issue in collaboration with Danielle Hipkins and Monica Seger.
Contact: Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Wayne State University, 487 Manoogian, 906 W. Warren, Detroit, MI 48202, USA.