Manlio Della Marca is Assistant Professor of American Literature at LMU Munich and holds a Ph.D. in English-language literatures from the “Sapienza” University of Rome, where he studied under Alessandro Portelli, one of  the world’s leading oral historians. Before joining LMU’s Department of English and America Studies, he was a Doctoral Fellow at the International Forum for U.S. Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010) and a BAA Research Fellow at the Eva Hesse Archive of Modernism and Literary Translation in Munich (autumn 2013).  In 2014, he  was awarded a  DAAD postdoctoral fellowship for his project on the unpublished correspondence of Ezra Pound with the media theorist Marshall McLuhan and Eva Hesse, the highly acclaimed German translator of Pound, E.E. Cummings, and Langston Hughes. His publications include essays on Ezra Pound, Edith Wharton, Thomas Pynchon, Philip K. Dick, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Leslie Marmon Silko. He is currently working on a book titled “Homo Legens: Modes and Moods of Reading” and will be co-editing a critical edition of the Pound-Hesse letters. He is also Book Review Editor of the International Review of American Studies (RIAS), the flagship journal of the International American Studies Association.

RESEARCH AREAS: 
19th- and 20th-century American literature; literature and philosophy; media ecology and comparative media studies; Emerson, Pound, McLuhan.