Laura Benedetti, Professor and Chair
Interests: 20th -Century Literature, Women Writers from the Origins to the Present, Gender Studies, Torquato Tasso, Renaissance Chivalric and Epic Poems, the Past-Present Continuum.
Francesco Ciabattoni, Associate Professor
Interests: Medieval and 20-century literature, interplay of literature and music, language teaching and linguistics. Intertextuality, interdiscoursivity and allusion in early Italian texts, contemporary Italian literature and songs.
Gianni Cicali, Assistant Professor
Interests: 15th-18th century Italian theater; Italian opera and librettists; the relations between theater and the fine arts; Pietro Trinchera, religious theater; cinema.
Anna De Fina, Professor
Interests: Discourse analysis: oral narrative, narratives in interaction and the relationship between storytelling and identity. Discourse an identities: processes of identity construction among migrant and transnational communities. Language use in Italian communities abroad. Dialects and language varieties in Italy. Italian American studies.
Nicoletta Pireddu, Associate Professor
Interests: Comparative literature; European studies; Italian, English, French literatures; critical theories; cultural studies; history of ideas; early science-fiction; translation studies.
Louise Hipwell, Visiting Assistant Professor
Interests: Language pedagogy, using technology to enhance student learning, integrating culture into all levels of language instruction, translation studies.
Donatella Melucci, Visiting Assistant Professor
Interests: Fields of specialization: Syntax, methodologies for teaching Italian as a second/foreign language, use of technology in foreign language classes, translation studies.
Fulvia Musti, Visiting Instructor
Interests: Teaching Italian language and culture using a drama-based approach; integrating web resources and technology.
Giuseppe Tosi, Visiting Assistant Professor
Interests: Modern and contemporary Italian literature; cultural studies; interdisciplinary approaches to literature; creative writing; translation.