Matteo Cavelier Riccardi

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Biography

Matteo studied Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies at Brown University, where he began exploring the interactions between Italian intellectuals and the Chinese state apparatus during the Cold War. At UC Berkeley, he plans to look closer at the Maoist boom in Italy around the 1960s, from the point of view of Italian Marxist thought and Chinese state-sponsored ideology. Being half Colombian and half Italian, Matteo is fascinated by all sorts of unlikely literary encounters, such as the Garcia Marquez craze in China during the 1980s and the role of Italian publishers in bringing samizdat literature from the Eastern Bloc to a global audience.