Italian Studies

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Myth and Authority

Argues that Giambattista Vico's early modern account of Roman mythology was a sophisticated attempt to present an epistemological and political critique of the aristocratic way of conceiving the world.

Orienting Italy

Explores Italian filmmakers' representations of China and the Chinese, both at home and abroad.

Philosophy, Mysticism, and the Political

Nine masterful essays on Dante’s Divine Comedy and his political theology by one of today’s leading Italian philosophers.

The Future of the World Is Open

Conversations with prominent Italian feminist thinkers Lea Melandri, Luisa Muraro, and Adriana Cavaero, as well as three essays - appearing in English for the first time - by author, journalist, and renown political figure Rossana Rossanda.

Rethinking Life

Fourteen Italian philosophers reflect on how the global experience of vulnerability and precariousness—of which the Covid-19 pandemic is but one example—compels us to rethink life and collective living.

Through the Periscope

Offers a wider approach to Italian American culture, one that stresses both its material, urban components and the creativity of its formal literary codes.

Luchino Visconti and the Alchemy of Adaptation

Examines the place of book-to-film adaptations by one of Italy's most famous postwar film directors.

Contemporary Italian Women Philosophers

A unique portrayal of the theoretical positions of eleven Italian women thinkers who share the practice of philosophy and extend philosophical work and interests beyond the realm of the discipline strictly defined.

Giallo!

Traces the giallo mystery/horror genre from its genesis in Italian cinema of the 1960s and 1970s to its contemporary place in the global cult-film canon.

Dante and the Legibility of the Universe: Facts and Narratives

Argues that the Divine Comedy dramatizes the risks and rewards of competing narratives, or different ways of reading.

The Autobiography of a Language

Explores the links between language, cultural identity, and creativity through the works of Emanuel Carnevali, one of the first Italian American authors to attain literary recognition.

Viva Voce

Firsthand perspectives on the past, present, and future of contemporary Italian philosophy.

Cleansing the Temple: Dante, Defender of the Church

Dante as protector and purifier of the Church.

From Italy to the North End

Documents the arc of the Italian American immigrant experience on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Heart and the Island

Makes the case for a distinctly Sicilian American literature.

The Transatlantic Gaze

Tracks the influence of Italian cinema on American film from the postwar period to the present.

Keeping House

Food and its preparation play an integral role in this novel of a young Italian woman struggling to find her own identity in a family of strong personalities and colorful figures.

"Favola fui": Petrarch Writes His Readers

Examines the interplay between reading and writing in the works of Petrarch and Dante.

Birth and Death of the Housewife

First English translation of Paola Masino’s Nascita e morte della massaia, her most controversial novel that provoked Fascist censorship for its critical portrayal of marriage and motherhood.

Fairy Tales

Overturns traditional views of the origins of fairy tales and documents their actual origins and transmission.

From Divine to Human: Dante's Circle vs. Boccaccio's Parodic Centers

In Boccacio's Decameron, Cervigni sees a parodic echo of the circles of Dante's Divine Comedy, and asks whether Bocaccio envisions the voyage of the brigata as similar to Dante the Pilgrim's journey toward the center, first the abysmal center of Lucifer, then towards the highest center, God.

Dante and Paul's "Five Words with Understanding"

By Robert Hollander
Subjects: History

Argues there is a program of five-word utterances that imitate fallen language in Dante’s Commedia.

Dante from Two Perspectives: The Sienese Connection

Addresses the implications of a document found in the Archivio di Stato di Siena which affirms a connection between Farinata degli Uberti, a Florentine conspicuously encountered by Dante the pilgrim in Inferno 10, and the Sienese Ghibellines with whom he and his fellow Florentine Ghibellines joined, in an alliance which produced the Sienese victory at the battle of Montaperti in 1260.

Dante and the Jewish Question

Addresses Jacoff’s own discomfort with Dante’s reiteration of the deicide charge against the Jews in Paradiso 7 and elsewhere.

The Church of Solitude

A translation of Grazia Deledda's final novel, an autobiographically based portrayal of an Italian woman coming to terms with breast cancer at the cusp of the twentieth century.

Memory and Mastery

Interdisciplinary explorations into the work of one of the premier writer-survivors of the Holocaust.

Dante Between Philosophers and Theologians: Paradiso X - XIII

Raises the radical question of how Dante’s understanding of poetry shaped his theology, his ethics, and, more generally his sense of the organization of knowledge or encyclopedia.

Totems for Defence and Illustration of Taboo: Sites of Petrarchism in Renaissance Europe

Argues that critical comments appended to early printed editions of Petrarch’s Rime sparse inflected the reception and understanding of Petrarch’s vernacular poetry in Renaissance Europe.

Dante and Petrarch: The Earthly Paradise Revisited

Explores the nature and significance of Petrarch’s indebtedness to Dante in the Rime sparse.

Dante's Cosmos

Freccero argues that the Paradiso may be considered a medieval version of science fiction.

Giovanni Rutini

Explores how Rutini’s experimental work in sonata-allegra formal procedures played a significant role in the history of music.

Dante's Beatrice: Priest of an Androgynous God

Examines Dante’s character of Beatrice and contends that, more than simply leading Dante to God, Beatrice allows him to see a feminine side in God, humanity, and himself.

From Sicily to Elizabeth Street

For many immigrants, the move from Sicily to a New York tenement was accompanied by rapid, significant, and often surprisingly satisfactory changes in a wide variety of social relationships. Many of these changes can be traced to the influence of a changing housing environment.