Laura Benedetti, Professor
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, Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
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 and Chair
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, Professor
Interests: Comparative literature; European studies; Italian, English, French literatures; critical theories; cultural studies; history of ideas; early science-fiction; translation studies.
Louise Hipwell, Associate Teaching Professor
Interests: Language pedagogy, using technology to enhance student learning, integrating culture into all levels of language instruction, translation studies.
Donatella Melucci, Associate Teaching 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, Assistant Teaching Professor
Interests: Teaching Italian language and culture using a drama-based approach; integrating web resources and technology.
Giuseppe Tosi, Assistant Teaching Professor
Interests: Modern and contemporary Italian literature; cultural studies; interdisciplinary approaches to literature; creative writing; translation.