Matteo Cavelier Riccardi

PhD Candidate
Chinese, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese
20th Century
Academic Area: 
Psychoanalysis, Film and Media (DE), Socialist China, Postwar Italy

Research Areas

Socialist Chinese State Culture; Italo-Chinese and Franco-Chinese cultural exchange during the Mao era; Leftist documentary film and travel narrative in China


Matteo studied Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies at Brown University, where he wrote a thesis on the China travel narratives of Curzio Malaparte and Tiziano Terzani. At UC Berkeley, he is preparing a dissertation on the impact of Italian Neo-Realism on PRC culture from the 1950s to the 2000s. He is also interested in the films of the Late Maoist era and how they influenced China's Fourth Generation filmmakers.