Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Faculty

Academics

Tommasina Gabriele

Tommasina Gabriele

Professor of Italian Studies
Italian Studies Coordinator
Degrees

Ph.D., M.A., Rutgers University
A.B., Bryn Mawr College

Main Interests

20th & 21st Century Italian Literature with special focus on Dacia Maraini and Italo Calvino, and interest in the works of Maria Rosa Cutrufelli, Clara Sereni, Alba de Céspedes, Maria Messina; Italian Women's Literature; Feminist Theory; Feminist Maternal Theory; Genders and Sexualities.

Research Interests

Thanks to Wheaton's curricular legacies, I fell in love with contemporary Italian women's literature when I arrived, and this passion has prevailed throughout my career.

Teaching Interests

My greatest satisfaction comes from chatting in Italian with students who didn't know a word of the language when they walked through our doors. Fluency is magical. My students, and my alum, continuously inspire me.

Recently, I have developed courses on several new topics: the intersections of food, literature and culture; transnational Italy; and Italian American history and literature. I  routinely teach all levels of Italian language and special topics in Italian literature, from its origins to the present day, in the target language. I also teach general education courses, such as First Year Seminar, and an Italian Women Writers course in English.

Publications

Books:

Dacia Maraini’s Narratives of Survival: (Re) Constructed (Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP with The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., 2016.)

Italo Calvino: Eros and Language (Madison, NJ: Farleigh Dickinson UP, 1994).

Selected Articles:

“Beyond the Shadow of a Doubt: Lesbian Desire in Maria Rosa Cutrufelli’s Complice il dubbio.Italian Culture 31.1 (March 2013): 17-27.

“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.)

"The Pregnant Nun: Suor Attanasia and the Metaphor of Arrested Maternity in Dacia Maraini" Italica 81.1 (Spring 2004): 65-80.

"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.

"Aspects of Nudity in the Decameron," Gendered Contexts, Laura Benedetti, Julia Hairston and Silvia Ross, eds. (New York: Peter Lang, 1996).

"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):