Born in 1973, Gianluigi Simonetti studied at the University of Pisa and the Scuola Normale Superiore. Since 2002, he has been Assistant Professor at the University of Aquila. In addition to teaching frequent courses in modern and contemporary Italian literature, he also leads a seminar in literary genres, held in the Department of Comparative Cultures and dedicated to postgraduate students. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the University of Helsinki (2005 and 2006), the University of Chicago (2007), the University of Konstanz (2010). His research work is mainly focused on the history of twentieth-century Italian poetry, on postmodern fiction and literary genres. His publications include Dopo Montale. Le Occasioni e la poesia italiana del Novecento (Pacini Fazzi, Lucca 2002). Since 2002, Dr Simonetti has been a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Contemporanea. He frequently contributes to periodicals such as Nuovi Argomenti, L'Indice dei Libri del Mese, and Il Ponte.
My research has as its final object the writing, over the course of three years, of a long critical essay entitled ‘Frontier writing’: defining the perimeters of contemporary literature. In this study I set out initially to analyze from a formal point of view some relevant, representative and highly innovative works of literature of the last twenty years: a composite corpus of French, English and Italian texts I name 'frontier writing', in order to emphasize their hybrid and very special genre status; secondly, I propose to weigh the consequences of their impact on the existing genre system, arguably marked today by both instability and great effervescence; finally, I will present my reading of some of the cultural, sociological and anthropological transformations which the field is undergoing. The research is pivoted on two methodological presuppositions: a) the resolutely comparative perspective which will be deployed on the selected corpus; b) the close association of critical and theoretical tools, which stems from the belief that it is only through a systematic dialogue with genre theory that the significance of the changes which have emerged from the analysis of those hybridizations typical of ‘frontier writing’ may be verified.