Alessandro Fontana was Emeritus Professor of Italian Studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon and the author of numerous essays which were partially collected in Il vizio occulto (1989) and La polizia dell’anima (1990). He collaborated with François Furet (Livre et société au XVIIIe siècle, 1970) and Michel Foucault (I, Pierre Rivière… 1973). He contributed to the Storia d’Italia Einaudi (La scena, 1972), the Einaudi Enciclopedia (La scena, 1972) and the Einaudi Letteratura Italiana (Piazza, corte, salotto e caffè, 1986). On the bicentenary of the fall of the Venetian Republic, he edited a collective work Venise 1297-1797. La république des castors (ENS Éditions, 1997), as well as the collection Venise et la Révolution Française (Éditions Laffont, 1997). He was general editor with François Ewald of the volumes of Michel Foucault’s lectures at the Collège de France (Gallimard – Le Seuil). He also participated in published discussions with Foucault and conducted two interviews with him.
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