I hold a Dottorato di Ricerca from Sapienza University of Rome and a Ph.D. from the Comparative Literature Program (Italian Specialization) at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where I defended a dissertation entitled Narrating Intensity: History and Emotions is Elsa Morante, Goliarda Sapienza and Elena Ferrante.

Interdisciplinary in nature, my research focuses on women writers and on the intersection between literature, history and politics. My Italian doctoral dissertation, which I defended in 2008, is a comparative study of 20th-century wartime novels, and includes chapters on Elizabeth Bowen, Christa Wolf and Elsa Morante. Later, I decided to continue working on women’s position in history and on propaganda, expanding my inquiry to the fields of history of emotions and affect theory. My Ph.D. dissertation, Narrating Intensity, which was awarded an Altman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, analyzes three Italian novels and the narrative strategies they employ to create “moments of intensity.” By this term, I mean disruptions in the narrative that signal the characters’ heightened perception of time and history. My work exposes the continuities between two historical sagas written in the 1960s and the 1970s (La Storia by Elsa Morante and L’arte della gioia by Goliarda Sapienza), and L’amica geniale by Elena Ferrante.

After teaching in Italy and in Germany, I have taught Italian Language, Culture and Literature at all levels, from beginner to advanced, in several colleges in the city of New York, including Queens College, Hunter College, City College (CUNY), NYU and the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY). These are all institutions with a diverse student body, where I had the opportunity to develop targeted teaching strategies, and to design my own syllabi and activities.

In this website, I share my research and teaching experience. Feel free to contact me for further information or feedback.

Stefania Porcelli



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