Professor of Italian Studies
Chair, and Coordinator of Italian Studies and Hispanic Studies
Ph.D., M.A., Rutgers University
A.B., Bryn Mawr College
Twentieth Century Literature with focus on Contemporary Italian Literature, especially Italo Calvino, Dacia Maraini, Anna Banti, Maria Luisa Spaziani and Maria Messina; Boccaccio; Italian Women's Literature; Gender Theory; Feminist Theory.
My arrival at Wheaton coincided with the beginning of my fascination with the work of Italian women writers. But I have never lost sight of my love for Italo Calvino's work, and I hope to return to him some day soon.
I never miss an opportunity to teach Basic Italian and introduce students to my language and culture. In fact, I teach all levels of Italian language; all levels of Italian literature, from its origins to the 1990's, both in Italian and in translation; Italian cinema, culture and civilization; and general education courses, such as First Year Seminar.
My first Independent Study at Wheaton was on the work of Dacia Maraini, by student request. I discovered that students love her work, so I have done many Independent Studies on her work since then.
Italo Calvino: Eros and Language (Madison, NJ: Farleigh Dickinson UP, 1994).
Book in Progress:
Strategies of Narrative Reconstruction in Dacia Maraini
“An Apology for Lesbian Visibility in Italian Literary Criticism.” In “Notes and Discussions” section. Italica 87.2 (Summer 2010): 253-171.
“Una donna in Legame profondo di Rodolfo Doni.” Spiritualità e storia nell’opera di Rodolfo Doni. Proceedings of February 25, 2008 conference in Florence, Italy. Ed. Franco Zangrilli. Florence: Edizioni Polistampa, 2008. 79-95. (Participation by invitation only.)
Entries on Dacia Maraini; Dacia Maraini’s play, Dreams of Clytemnestra; Franca Rame; Franca Rame’s collection of plays, Female Parts. The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama. Eds. Cody, Gabrielle H., and Evert Sprinchorn. 2 vols. New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 2007. (Invited)
"Italian Women' Journalism and Dacia Maraini." Journalism and Literature: Symposium Between Two Worlds. Proceedings of November 18, 2005 conference at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. Ed. Giuseppe Costa and Franco Zangrilli. Rome: Salvatore Sciascia Editore, 2005. 219-232. (Participation by invitation only.)
"The Pregnant Nun: Suor Attanasia and the Metaphor of Arrested Maternity in Dacia Maraini" Italica 81.1 (Spring 2004): 65-80.
"La poesia di Maria Benedetta Cerro." In La Ciociaria tra scrittori e cineasti. Proceedings of Feb 2004 International Conference in Italy. Ed. Franco Zangrilli. Pesaro: Metauro edizioni, 2004. 273-88. (Participation by invitation only.)
"Disguise, Transgression, and Defeat in Anna Banti's Il bastardo." In Beyond Artemisia: Female Subjectivity, History, and Culture. Eds. Daria Valentini and Paola Car¨´. Studi e testi 5. Chapel Hill, NC: Annali d'Italianistica, 2003. 31-48.
"Una poetessa di origine ciociara: Maria Luisa Spaziani" in La Ciociaria tra letteratura e cinema, ed. Franco Zangrilli (Pesaro: Metauro edizioni, 2002), 213-230.
"From Prostitution to Transsexuality: Gender Identity and Subversive Sexuality in Dacia Maraini," MLN 117.1 (Jan. 2002): 241-256.
"Too Sweet for the Sweet: Dacia Maraini's Il treno per Helsinki," Rivista di studi italiani XVIII. 2 (Dec 2000): 250-59.
"La medusa y la sirena: el silencio y el canto en las aventuras del poeta y del rey," Italo Calvino: Nuevas Visiones (Cuenca, Spain: Ediciones de la Univesidad de Castilla - La Mancha, 1997).
"Aspects of Nudity in the Decameron," Gendered Contexts, Laura Benedetti, Julia Hairston and Silvia Ross, eds. (New York: Peter Lang, 1996).
"The Act of Reconstruction: Dacia Maraini's Isolina," La Fusta X (1993-94): 203-11.
"Literature as Education and the Near-Perfect Protagonist: Narrative Structure in The Baron in the Trees," Stanford Italian Review XI. 1-2 (1992): 91-102. Reprinted in Twentieth Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 183 (2007):
Entries on Dacia Maraini; Dacia Maraini¡Ùs play, Dreams of Clytemnestra; Franca Rame; Franca Rame¡Ùs collection of plays, Female Parts. The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama. Eds. Cody, Gabrielle H., and Evert Sprinchorn. 2 vols. New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 2007. (Invited)
"Franco Ferrucci," Italian Novelists Since World War II, 1965-90, Augustus Pallotta, ed., vol. 196 of Dictionary of Literary Biography (Washington, DC: Bruccoli, Clark, Layman, 1999) 145-52.
"Cesare Pavese," Reference Guide to Short Fiction, (St. James Press, 1994) 425-26.
"L'invisibile amor tra donne: un racconto di Clara Sereni," for Italian Women's Studies course, Wellesley College, October 5, 2006
"Italian Women's Journalism and Dacia Maraini," at Nov. 18, 2005 conference at the Salesian University in Rome, Italy: "Journalism and Literature: Symposium Between Two Worlds: New York and Rome"
"The Pregnant Nun: Arrested Maternity in Dacia Maraini" for Interdisciplinary Italian Studies Program of Boston University, November 3, 2005
"La poesia di Maria Benedetta Cerro" for the International Conference, "La Ciociaria tra scrittori e cineasti" in Italy, Feb. 2004.
"Transfixed by the Pin": Gender and Disguise in Anna Banti and Clara Sereni in "Re-Reading Through the Gender Lens," sponsored by the AAIS Women¡Ùs Studies Caucus at American Association of Italian Studies Conference in Georgetown, March, 2003
"Una poetessa di origine ciociara: Maria Luisa Spaziani," Simposio Internazionale: La Ciociaria tra letteratura e cinema, Jan. 2002, Ripi, Italy
"More Than Meets the Eye: The Unwritten Language of Italian Gestures," St. John's University, NY, March, 2000 (second invitation).
Participant in Roundtable, "Dacia Maraini: Themes, Genres and Narrative Strategies," with Maraini present, American Association of Italian Studies Conference, 1998.
"Language Without Words: Gestures in Italian Culture," Bryn Mawr College, Oct. 20, 1995.
"The Metaphor of Perseus: Lightness and Velocity in Italo Calvino's Short Stories," UPenn/Bryn Mawr Summer Program in Florence, July, 1992.
"The Spiral: A Theory on Eros and Language in the Works of Italo Calvino," Bryn Mawr College, 1991.