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The Graduate Center, CUNY

  • PhD. in Comparative Literature with an Italian Specialization (April 2020)

Dissertation Title: Narrating Intensity: History and Emotions in Elsa Morante, Goliarda Sapienza and Elena Ferrante.

Advisor: Giancarlo Lombardi. Committee: Nancy K. Miller, Monica Calabritto, Hermann Haller

  • Certificate in Critical Theory
  • Certificate in Renaissance Studies

Institute for World Literature, Harvard University

  • Fifth summer school session, Lisbon, June 22-July 16, 2015.

Sapienza University of Rome

  • Doctorate in English, 2008.

Dissertation: Antigoni in guerra. Voci femminili nella città assediata [Antigones at War: Women’s Voices in the City Under Siege].

  • MA in English and German, 2002.

Thesis: Da Thomas Wolfe a Donald Barthelme: la porta tra moderno e postmoderno [From Thomas Wolfe to Donald Barthelme: The Door Between Modernism and Postmodernism]. Summa cum laude.

Grants, Awards and Fellowships

Teaching and Learning Center Grant to work on the Teach@CUNY Handbook, The Graduate Center, CUNY, Spring 2020 ($2,500).

Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching (ACERT), Hunter College, CUNY, Faculty Fellow 2019-20.

Writing Across the Curriculum Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY, granted twice: 2017-18 ($25,000) and 2019-20 ($15,000).

Provost’s Doctoral Student Research Grant, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2019-20 ($825).

Open Pedagogy Fellowship, The Graduate Center Library, CUNY, Spring 2019 ($2,500).

Altman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2018-19 ($25,000).

Enhanced Chancellor Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2013-18.

Associate Professors Travel Award for Adjunct Faculty, CUNY Office of Research, 2017-18 ($500).

Robert A. Day Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY, granted twice: for collaborative research with Prof. Lombardi, Fall 2015 ($2,000), and to participate to the 2015 summer school session of the Institute for World Literature, Harvard University ($1,500).

University Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY, granted twice: Spring 2015 ($500) and Fall 2014 ($1,000).

The Neila and Candadai Seshachari Faculty Convention Travel Grant, runner up for the best paper proposal for the 2012 RMMLA convention.

Alfred A. and Blanche W. Knopf Fellowship, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Oct. 2010 ($3,000) (see my report at here). 


Hunter College, CUNY, Department of Romance Languages

Adjunct Assistant Professor. Courses taught:

Italian 101, Italian 102 (Fall 2020)

The Neapolitan Novels of Elena Ferrante (Fall 2019)

The Divine Comedy in English (Spring 2019)

Graduate Seminar on the Modern Italian Novel: The Upheaval of Emotions in the Italian Novel of the 20th Century (Spring 2018)

Advanced Italian Grammar (Fall 2017)

Italian 202 (Summer 2017)

Italian 201 (Fall 2015)

Italian 101 (Spring 2015, Fall 2018)

Graduate Teaching Fellow. Courses taught:

Italian 201 (Spring 2017)

Italian 102 (Fall 2016)

Advanced Italian Composition (Spring 2016)

Italian 101 (Fall 2014)

Tutor of Italian (Spring 2015, Fall 2015)

New York University, College of Art and Science

Recitation Instructor and Teaching Assistant. Courses taught:

Cultures and Contexts: Germany (Spring 2020, Fall 2020)

Cultures and Contexts: Italy: Viva Verdi: The Culture of Italy from the Risorgimento to Fascism (Spring 2019)

Queens College, CUNY, Department of European Languages and Literature

Adjunct Assistant Professor. Courses taught:

Writing College 2, Euro 120: Resistance Writing (Spring 2017)

Italian Masterpieces in Translation: “See Naples and Die”: Naples in Contemporary Italian Literature (Fall 2016)

Italian Masterpieces in Translation: The Emotions of History in the 20th-Century Italian Novel (Spring 2016)

Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

Adjunct Instructor. Courses taught:

Italian 1 (Spring 2015, Fall 2015)

Italian Conversation 1 (Fall 2014, Spring 2016)

The Graduate Center, CUNY

Research Assistant. Supervisor: Prof. Monica Calabritto (2013-14)


Peer-Reviewed Articles

“‘As if he wanted to murder her’: Fear and Anger in La Storia’s Rape Scene,” Close Encounters in War 1, special issue: Close Encounters in Irregular and Asymmetric Warfare, ed. Simona Tobia and Gianluca Cinelli (2018): 65-81.

“Shakespeare’s Exceptional Violence: Reading Titus Andronicus with Hannah Arendt and Giorgio Agamben,” Analyses/Rereadings/Theories 4.1 (2016): 43-52.

“Territori di guerra: Elizabeth Bowen, Christa Wolf” [War Territories, Elizabeth Bowen, Christa Wolf], Fictions. Studi sulla narratività 6 (2008): 51-60.

“Language and Violence: Hannah Arendt and the American Sixties,” extended version of the paper for the 19th AISNA Biennal International Conference (see below), available at http://dinamico2.unibg.it/guerra/Atti2/Language_and_Violence.pdf (2007).

Chapters in Books

“Elizabeth Bowen’s Wavering Attitude towards WWII Propaganda,” in Propaganda and Rhetoric in Democracy: History, Theory, Analysis, ed. Gae Lyn Henderson and Mary J. Braun, Chicago, Southern Illinois University Press, 2016, pp. 96-117.

“Lo scandalo della Storia e il romanzo storico: Elsa Morante,” in Asimmetrie Letterarie, ed. Donatella Montini, Rome, Edizioni Nuova Cultura, 2013, pp. 103-131.

“City of Ghosts: Elizabeth Bowen’s Wartime Stories,” in The Ghostly and the Ghosted in Literature and Film: Spectral Identities, ed. Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson, Newark, University of Delaware Press, 2013, pp. 15-28.

“In the Shadow of the Holocaust: Art Spiegelman’s Representation of Trauma in the Comic-Book Form,” in Translating America: The Circulation of Narratives, Commodities, and Ideas between Italy, Europe, and the United States, ed. Marina Camboni et al., Bern, Peter Lang, 2011, pp. 119-216.

“Una civiltà della parola: il discorso nonviolento di Hannah Arendt” [A Civilization of Speech: Hannah Arendt’s Non-Violent Discourse], in I discorsi del potere. Comunicazione politica e strategie linguistiche [Discourses of Power: Political Communication and Linguistic Strategies], ed. Donatella Montini, Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino, 2010, pp. 151-166.

“Structure and Barriers in Thomas Wolfe’s ‘No Door’,” in Look Homeward and Forward: Thomas Wolfe, an American Voice Across Modern and Contemporary Culture, ed. Agostino Lombardo et al., Rome, Sapienza University Press, 2003, pp. 201-204.


Alberica Bazzoni, Writing for Freedom: Body, Identity and Power in Goliarda Sapienza’s Narrative, Oxford, Peter Lang, 2018, in Gender/Sexuality/Italy 6 (2019): 252-254.

Simona Storchi, Marina Spunta, Maria Morelli, eds., Women and the Public Sphere in Modern and Contemporary Italy. Essays for Sharon Wood, Leicester, UK, Troubador Publishing Ltd, 2017, in Forum Italicum 53.1 (May 2019): 187-188.

Ramalhete Gomes, Texts Waiting for History: William Shakespeare Re-Imagined by Heiner Müller, Amsterdam-New York, Rodopi, 2014, in Memoria di Shakespeare. A Journal of Shakesperean Studies 2 (2015): 215-217.

David Lucking, Making Sense in Shakespeare, Amsterdam-New York, Rodopi, 2012, in Memoria di Shakespeare. A Journal of Shakesperean Studies 1 (2014): 347-348.

Unhae Park Langis, Passion, Prudence and Virtue in Shakespearean Drama, New York, Continuum, 2011, Kathryn Schwartz, What You Will: Gender, Contract, and Shakespearean Social Space, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011, Kaara L. Peterson and Deanne Williams, eds., The Afterlife of Ophelia, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, in Memoria di Shakespeare. A Journal of Shakesperean Studies 1 (2014): 350-351.

Paola Pugliatti, Shakespeare and the Just War Tradition, Farnham: Ashgate, 2010, in Memoria di Shakespeare 8 (2012): 463.


“Intensity and Agency: Ida, Modesta, Lenù,” NeMLA convention, Washington, DC, March 21-24, 2019.

“How to Build a Community While Taking Attendance,” Seminar “Small Teaching,” Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching (ACERT), Hunter College, CUNY, Nov. 1, 2018.

“Maternal and Animal Knowledge in Elsa Morante’s La Storia,” AAIS conference, Sorrento, Italy, June 14-18, 2018.

“Beasts Too Human: Animals and Emotions in Elsa Morante’s La Storia,” NeMLA conference, Pittsburg, PA, April 12-15, 2018.

“Becoming Active: Emotions in Goliarda Sapienza’s L’Arte della Gioia,” AAIS/CSIS conference, Columbus, OH, April 20-22, 2017.

“Vigor and Softness: Aphra Behn Amongst the Libertines,” RSA Annual Conference, Boston, MA, March 31-April 2, 2016.

Titus Andronicus: Shakespeare’s Exceptional Violence,” Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 17-20, 2016.

“From the Margins with Joy: Goliarda Sapienza’s L’arte della gioia,” international conference “Sicily: Language, Art, and Culture,” University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Feb. 11-12, 2016.

“Resistant Mothers: Violence and History in Moravia’s La ciociara and Morante’s La Storia,” SCMLA convention, Austin, TX, Oct. 18-22, 2014.

“The Art of Conversation and the Danger of Gossip: Dylan Thomas’s Meta-Rhetorical Discourse,” RMMLA convention, Boulder, CO, Oct. 11-14, 2012.

“Between British Commitment and Irish Neutrality: Elizabeth Bowen’s Involvement in WWII Propaganda,” RMMLA convention, Scottsdale, AZ, Oct. 6-9, 2011.

“New Forms for What Has Happened: Elizabeth Bowen’s Wartime Writings,” in the proceedings of the 25th AIA conference, L’Aquila, Italy, Sept. 15-17, 2011, Regenerating Community, Territory, Voices, Memory and Vision, ed. Laura Di Michele, Napoli, Liguori, 2012, vol. 1, pp. 157-163.

“Translating Memory and Trauma into Words and Images: Art Spiegelman’s Maus and In the Shadow of No Towers,” in the proceedings of the 20th AISNA Biennal International Conference: Translating America: Importing, Translating, Misrepresenting, Mythicizing, Communicating America (University of Torino, Italy, Sept. 23-26, 2009), Torino, Otto, 2010, pp. 364-367.

“‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’: War Propaganda and Wartime Fiction in Elizabeth Bowen’s The Heat of the Day,” International Symposium “A mixture of showing off and suspicion, nearly as bad as sex”: Reading Elizabeth Bowen, University of Sussex, UK, May 30, 2009.

“Language and Violence: Hannah Arendt and the American Sixties,” in the proceedings of the 19th AISNA Biennal International Conference: USA: Identities, Cultures and Politics in National, Transnational, and Global Perspectives (University of Macerata, Italy, Oct. 4-6, 2007), Macerata, Eum, 2009, pp. 429-438.

Moderations and Conference Organization

“Emotion, Affect, and Community Building in the CUNY Classroom,” Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching (ACERT), Hunter College, CUNY, Oct. 22, 2019. (Organizer and moderator)

“History, Identity and Emotions in Italian Literature,” NeMLA convention, Washington, DC, March 21-24, 2019. (Organizer and moderator)

“Landscapes of Emotions in Italian Literature,” NeMLA convention, Pittsburgh, PA, April 12-15, 2018. (Organizer and presenter)

“Italian Renaissance Digital Labs,” AAIS/CSIS conference, Columbus, OH, April 20-22, 2017. (Panel Moderator)

“Ariosto After 500 Years,” The Graduate Center, CUNY, NYU, Italian Institute of Culture, The Morgan Library, PrPh Books, Oct. 17-21, 2016. (Co-organizer)

“Calvino a trent’anni dalla morte,” mini-symposium, May 6, 2015, Hunter College, CUNY. (Main organizer)

“Thinking Serially: Repetition, Continuation and Adaptation,” Graduate Conference, April 23-24, 2015, The Graduate Center, CUNY. (Co-organizer)

“Abiding Cities, Remnant Sites,” Graduate Conference, Nov. 13-14, 2014, The Graduate Center, CUNY. (Main organizer)

“Dante in Contemporary Perspectives,” one-day conference, Oct. 24, 2014, The Graduate Center, CUNY. (Co-organizer).

“Impressions & Object Conference,” Graduate Conference, March 28, 2014, The Graduate Center, CUNY. (Panel moderator)

“Disappearance: Spatial and Temporal Horizons,” Graduate Conference, Nov. 7-8, 2013, The Graduate Center, CUNY. (Panel moderator)

Guest Lectures

“Passioni multiformi tra mare e cielo: L’isola di Arturo,” Bennington College, May 5, 2020.

“I giorni dell’abbandono: Un viaggio all’inferno,” Hunter College, April 11, 2019.

“The Cultural and Economic Challenges of Unification: Giovanni Verga,” NYU, March 14, 2019.

L’amore molesto: dal testo allo schermo,” Hunter College, Feb. 28, 2017.

Editorial Work

Giancarlo Lombardi and Christian Uva, eds., Italian Political Cinema: Public Life, Imaginary and Identity in Contemporary Italian Film, ed., Oxford, Peter Lang, 2016. (Text Editor)

Monica Calabritto and Peter Daly, eds., Emblems of Death in Early Modern Period, Genève, Librairie Droz, 2014. (Text Editor)

Memoria di Shakespeare. (Editorial Manager 2008-14)

Memoria di Shakespeare, 8 (2012): 419-444. (“Works Cited” section)

Carlo Borghero and Rosamaria Loretelli, eds., Le Metamorfosi dei linguaggi nel Settecento, Rome, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2011. (Text Editor)

Rosamaria Loretelli and Frank O’Gorman, eds., Britain and Italy in the Long Eighteenth Century, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2010. (Text Editor)

Agostino Lombardo, Lettura del Macbeth, ed. Rosy Colombo, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2010. (Text Editor)

Cassino War Memorial: Le immagini della battaglia [Cassino War Memorial: Images of the Battle], Rome, Herald Editore, 2005. (Text editor and translator of the German section)

Translation Work


Pico Iyer, “Il mio sfondo,” Lettera internazionale 111 (2012): 42-44.

Howard Gardner, “Cinque menti per il futuro,” Lettera internazionale 110 (2011): 41-44.

Felix Stalder, “Metamorfosi della trasparenza. WikiLeaks, Tiqqun e oltre,” Lettera internazionale 110 (2011): 51-54.

Ayesha e Parag Kanna, “Benvenuti nell’era ibrida,” Lettera internazionale 110 (2011): 55-57.


Dario Gentili, Crisis as Art of Government, London, Verso, forthcoming 2020.

Elettra Stimilli, Debt and Guilt, London, Bloomsbury, 2018.

Fabio Vighi, Alexis Iuselovici, Mauro Ponzi, eds., Between Urban Topographies and Political Spaces: Threshold Experiences, Lanham, Lexington Books, 2014. Translation of the following chapters: Dario Gentili, “Paris Topographies of Capitalism: The Nineteenth-Century Metropolis,” pp. 107-118; Elio Matassi, “Trauerspiel and Opera in Walter Benjamin,” pp. 185-194; Mauro Ponzi, “Naples as Topographies of Spaces In-Between: Walter Benjamin and the Threshold Between Old and New,” pp. 69-86.

Paolo Canettieri, “Unified Theory of the Text (UTT) and the Question of Authorship Attribution”, Memoria di Shakespeare 8 (2012): 65-77.

Nathaniel Boyd and Michele Filippini, eds., The Autonomy of the Political: Concept, Theory, Form, Maastricth, Jan van Eyck Academie, 2012. Translation of the following chapters: Dario Gentili, “The Autonomy of the Political in the Italian Tradition (Tronti, Negri, Cacciari),” pp. 8-21; Elettra Stimilli, “Giorgio Agamben and the Question of the ‘Political’ in the Era of Global Market,” pp. 54-63.


(with Caterina Salabè) Andreas Puff-Trojan, “La Natura. Un tempio perduto? Baudelaire e il secondo Novecento,” in Ecocritica: La letteratura e la crisi del pianeta, ed. Caterina Salabè, Rome, Donzelli, 2013, pp. 155-166.

Training Workshops

Hunter College, CUNY

  • Active Learning Faculty Group, July 9-August 6, 2020.
  • Center for Online Learning – Module Making Camp, July 20-21, 2020.
  • Center for Online Learning – Course Creation Workshop, May 26-June 1, 2020.
  • ACERT Lunchtime Seminars (several per semester), 2017-present.
  • When History Comes to Life: Experiential Pedagogy in the World Language and Social Science Classrooms, Nov. 15, 2019.
  • Museum Pedagogy Workshop, Oct. 19, 2018.

The Graduate Center, CUNY

  • Open Education Bootcamp, Jan. 10-15, 2019.

Italian Institute of Culture of New York

  • La motivazione in pratica: proposte per la classe di Italiano, May 3, 2018.

Queens College Writing Center, CUNY

  • Writing Intensive Workshop for instructors of writing courses, Fall 2016.

Other Teaching Experiences

Sapienza University of Rome

  • Adjunct Instructor, English Language and Literature (2011-12)

Istituto D’Istruzione Superiore Statale Leonardo da Vinci, Rome

  • Teacher of English for high school students (2009-10)

Libera Università San Pio V, Rome

  • Teaching Assistant, English Language and Culture (2007-9)
  • English courses for the Italian Tax Police (Guardia di Finanza), financed by the European Social Fund (May-July 2008)

Gymnasium Stolzenau, Germany

  • English and Italian courses for high-school students and teachers, financed by the Comenius Action – Socrates European education action program (Jan.-July 2004)


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