– PhD Candidate (ABD) in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Connecticut
Title of the dissertation “The Sale of Parga in the Nationalist Imaginary of 19th Century Italy: 1819-1858”
Thesis Advisor Prof. Norma Bouchard
– MA in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Connecticut
– Laurea quadriennale in Foreign Languages and Literatures, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
Areas of Expertise
Italian literature of the 19th century (Risorgimento); Mediterranean studies.
A native of Italy, I received my BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Florence. After my graduation I spent one year at Smith College, MA working as Teaching Assistant for the Italian Department. In 2009 I entered the Italian graduate program at UConn, where I obtained my MA in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies in 2011. After that, I was accepted to the PhD program in Italian and I am currently writing my PhD dissertation. For my research, I explore the literary and artistic production in Italy during the Risorgimento years and how it contributed to the formation of the idea of Italian nation and national identity. Specifically, I examine how Italian intellectuals and artists used an episode of the Greek war of Independence – the sale of the city of Parga to the Ottoman Turks in 1819 – as a powerful tool for political propaganda aimed at demonstrating the degree of civilization and readiness for freedom of the Mediterranean populations and claim the Italian nation’s ‘rightful’ place in Europe.
At the University of Connecticut I teach classes of Italian literature and cinema both in English and Italian, as well as Italian language classes at all levels.
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