Paolo Chirumbolo holds a Laurea in Lingue Straniere (Università La Sapienza, Rome), an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Italian Studies (University of Toronto). He has taught Italian at the University of Toronto, Louisiana State University and McMaster University. His main areas of research are contemporary Italian fiction, Italian cinema, semiotics, and popular culture. He has published articles on Eco, Calvino, Macchiavelli and Guccini, Palazzeschi, Ammaniti, and Kerbaker. His first authored book, Tra coscienza e autocoscienza, will be published in 2008. He is currently co-editing a collection of essays on the Italiana Neoavanguardia. He is Associate Professor at Louisiana State University, where he also directs the Italian program.