UCL Anthropocene


Professor Florian Mussgnug

Academic position: Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian Studies

Department: School of European Languages, Culture and Society

Email: f.mussgnug@ucl.ac.uk

URL: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/european-languages-culture/people/florian-mussgnug


Florian Mussgnug is Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian Studies at University College London. He has held visiting and honorary positions at the Universities of Siena, Oxford, Roma Tre and Cagliari, Sapienza University Rome and the British School at Rome. He is co-investigator for the five-year AHRC-funded research project "Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: Interart/Intermedia" and Academic Director of the UCL Cities Partnerships Programme in Rome. His research interests focus on modern and contemporary literature in Italian, English and German, speculative fiction, posthumanism, and narratives of catastrophe and global existential risk. His publications include Human Reproduction and Parental Responsibility: Theories, Narratives, Ethics (2021, with Simona Corso and Virginia Sanchini); Rethinking the Animal-Human Relation (2019, with Stefano Bellin and Kevin Inston); The Good Place: Comparative Perspectives on Utopia (2014, with Matthew Reza); The Eloquence of Ghosts (2010); Postmodern Impegno: Ethics and Commitment in Contemporary Italian Culture (2009, with Pierpaolo Antonello).

Research Projects:


  • LITC0035 Global Literature and the Anthropocene
  • LITC0013 Twenty First Century Fiction
  • CMII0080 Apocalypse Literature: From Romanticism to the Millennium