Italian News & Announcements Archive

Italian Graduate Cat Freddo Awarded Two Fellowships

Cat Freddo in black and white

Catherine Freddo holds a B.A. in Italian language and literature from Smith College and a M.A. in History of the Italian language from Middlebury College. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate working on a dissertation tentatively titled “Vox Populi: Vernacular Politics in Early Modern Italy” which explores the intersections of civic and vernacular humanism from […]

Italian Graduate Victoria Fanti Awarded Alexander Grass Fellowship

Victoria Fanti

Doctoral candidate in Italian Victoria Fanti was awarded the “Alexander Glass Humanity Institute Graduate Research Fellowship” for spring 2020, for her dissertation project The New Killer Queens of Italian Renaissance Tragedy. Victoria’s dissertation studies how tragedians of the classical genre’s revival deployed new renderings of homicidal women during the Italian Renaissance. It argues that ‘new killer queens’ express genealogical […]

Where are they now? News from our grads


Please join us in congratulating our alumnus Francesco Brenna, who received his PhD in spring 2019 and joined the Department of French and Italian at Indiana University Bloomington this fall as Visiting Lecturer in Italian. Ad maiora Francesco!

Affective Colonialism in 1930s Libya – Gilman 108, 5.15 PM- Nov. 19th

black and white photo go Libyan military and people in traditional clothes

Italo Balbo is globally known as an aviation pioneer, but he was also the governor of Libya from 1934 to 1940. Graziella Parati is interested in analyzing a particular document that he wrote in which Balbo employed the language of affect in order to list the Italian “achievements” in its fourth shore, Libya. Once he […]

Welcome to the Italian Section and GRLL

We are happy to welcome two new graduate students in our section. We hope GRLL will be a wonderful home to you for the next five years! Silvia Raimondi comes from the most beautiful, magnificent city in the world, Rome. She earned a laurea (2015) and a Master degree (2016) with honors, in Italian language […]

Calvino and the Catacoustic – Nov. 5th – Gilman 479 – 5.15 PM

Calvino and the Catacoustic: An ‘Echo-logical’ Reading Let us consider Calvino’s Invisible Cities as a sound  that has produced a vast number of echoes in the over 50 years since its publication, from studiopluz’s architectural installations of lit glass (above) to Chris Cerrone’s Pulitzer-nominated opera of the novel. Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe referred to the way that thinkers […]

Reading and Illustrating the Divine Comedy, Oct. 3rd – Gilman 479 – 5.15 PM

The copy of the Divine Comedy with the commentary by Cristoforo Landino, published in Venice by Pietro Piasi in 1491 and preserved in the House of Dante in Rome, presents a rich apparatus of annotations and painted figures that illustrate the salient passages of the poem. The dense mystery that has surrounded for a long […]

A Cognitive Scientific Approach to Italian Cinema, Sep. 25th Gilman 479 5.15 PM

This presentation was inspired by recent findings in neuro-aesthetics—the study of the impact of the arts on the nervous system.  Cinema has been found to have a particularly strong effect on the part of the brain housing mirror neurons, origin of such psychic processes as identification and empathy. Using clips from Gomorra and Io non […]

Special MLN Italian 2021: Elena Ferrante in a Global Context

The board of MLN Italian is delighted to announce that its 2021 issue will be devoted to the work of Elena Ferrante. Guest editors: Professors Tiziana De Rogatis, Stiliana Milkova, and Katrin Wehling Giorgi The global success of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels has firmly established the author as one of the most powerful voices of contemporary World […]