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MemberCharles L. Leavitt IV

I am Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Notre Dame and a Research Fellow of the University of Reading (UK), where I formerly served as Lecturer in Italian Studies. My research interests include modern and contemporary Italian literature and cinema, post-war Italian history, and the intersections between the Italian and African-American experience. My first book, Italian Neorealism: A Cultural History, was published in 2020 by the University of Toronto Press. In addition, I have contributed to several books, including World Film Locations: Florence (Intellect Books, 2014); Transmissions of Memory: Echoes, Traumas, and Nostalgia in Post-World War II Italian Culture (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2018); The Total Art: Italian Cinema from Silent Screen to Digital Image (Bloomsbury, 2019); Innesti: Primo Levi e i libri altrui (Peter Lang, 2020). My work has also appeared in leading scholarly journals including Modern Language Notes, Italian Culture, the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, California Italian Studies, Tre Corone, and the Italianist. A fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy, I have received an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Reading and a Kaneb Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award from the University of Notre Dame.

MemberSabrina Ferri

…2007 Ph.D., Italian Studies, Stanford University, Department of French and Italian

2000 B.A. summa cum laude, Italian Literature (Laurea in Lettere e Filosofia, 110 e lode), University of Rome “Tor Vergata”…

Sabrina Ferri is Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Notre Dame. Her research encompasses Italian literature, philosophy, science and visual arts of the so-called “long eighteenth century,” with a focus on the transition to modernity and Italy’s place in transnational contexts. Her work on Giacomo Casanova, Lazzaro Spallanzani, the late eighteenth-century Picturesque, Vittorio Alfieri, Giambattista Vico, and Giacomo Leopardi has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals. Her first book, Ruins Past: Modernity in Italy, 1744-1836, was published in the Voltaire Foundation’s series “Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment” in 2015. Through the analysis of the representation of ruins by Italian writers, scientists, and artists between the mid-eighteenth and early nineteenth century, Ruins Past explores the culture of the period and traces Italy’s uneasy transition into modernity. She is currently working on Giacomo Leopardi and on two long-term projects. The first, Fantasy’s Forge. Brain and the Imagination between Enlightenment and Romanticism, focuses on Italian writers and scientists between the mid-18th and the early 19th century, and seeks to tell the interdisciplinary story of a crucial moment in the history of the imagination, when science, poetry, and philosophy converged to reshape the understanding of this faculty. The second, Revolutionary States and the Ends of Fiction. History, Italy, and the Novel (1799-1967), is a study of the representation of historical change and in particular of political revolutions in novels set in Italy during the late 18th and 19th centuries.

MemberLuisa Gregori

…Exp. 2017/18, PhD in Italian literature (minor in Second Language Acquisition), Department of French and Italian, UW-Madison.
2015, M. A. in Pedagogy of Italian as a Foreign Language, Department of Linguistics, University of Venice, Italy.
2006, Laurea in Lettere moderne, Department of Italian Studies, University of Pisa, Italy….

Intercultural pragmatics, foreign language teaching, applied linguistics.

MemberValentina DENZEL

  Valentina Denzel is an Associate Professor of French Literature (17th and 18th century) at the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University. Her fields of interest are Italian and French Literatures (15th – 18th century), Queer and Gender Studies, Querelle des femmes, the libertine novel, travelogues, and popular cultures. In her book Les mille et un visages de la virago. Marfisa et Bradamante entre continuation et variation, Garnier Classique 2016, she analyzes the evolution of the representation of the woman warrior in French and Italian literatures from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment by taking into consideration the political and historical context of this evolution and the symbolic value of the woman warrior in each specific time period. Valentina’s second book project examines the impact of the Marquis de Sade on the punk and post-punk movements, as well as on punk-porn feminism and comic books in France, the UK, and the US.