Ph. D., Italian Literature, Yale University, 2002
Ph. D., German Studies, University of Pavia, 1997
Laurea, Modern Foreign Languages, Istituto Universitario Orientale, Napoli, 1987
Joined Rutgers in 2007
Address: 84 College Avenue, #302
Modern Italian Literature, Theories of Language and Nation, European Pre-War Avant-garde, Film
COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT
History of Italian Cinema I
Naples. Tales of An Ancient City
Italian Literature and Fascism
Italian Civilization II (modern)
Italian Literature of the Ottocento
Language and Nation in Italian Thought
Giambattista Vico and His Modern Readers
Irresistible Signs: The Genius of Language and Italian National Identity. University of Toronto Press, 2011.
Surrealismo in Germania. Udine: Campanotto Editore, 1997.
“Abandoning the Polyphonic Nation. Vico’s ‘True Dante’.” In Languages, Cultures, Identities of Italy in the World. Venezia: Marsilio (forthcoming).
“Vico in Times of War: Views from a Refugee Camp.” Italica 87, III (Fall 2010): 355-373.
“Come agisce Balestrini su Arp: le traduzioni nel Verri e la canonizzazione del Dada.” Rivista di Studi Italiani, XXIII, 1 (2005): 147-165 (copyrighted 2008).
“The Syntax of Passions: Vico and Bouhours,” Romanic Review, 97, 3-4 (2006): 285-307.
“Beyond Revealed Religions: Saba, the Creatures, and the Political Animal,” Modern Language Notes 120, 1 (2005): 137-160.
“Donne e Sud nel cinema di Francesco Rosi,” Women in Italian Cinema/ La donna nel cinema italiano. Ed. Tonia Caterina Riviello. Roma: Edizioni Libreria Croce, 2001, 167-188.
“Notizen zu Kunderas Broch-Lektüre,” Germanoslavica. Zeitschrift für germano-slavische Studien, VI, 1 (1999), 47-60.
“Visconti’s Ossessione and Garnett’s The Postman Always Rings Twice: Creativity and Convention,” La Fusta. Journal of Italian Literature and Culture, XI (Fall 1997-Spring 1998), 98-109.
American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS) Book Prize for Irresistible Signs (Toronto UP, 2011), June 2012.
Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, April 2012.
Rutgers University Award for Distinguished Contribution to Undergraduate Education, Spring 2011.
MLA Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies for Irresistible Signs, December 2010.
Lauro de Bosis Fellowship, Harvard University, 2006-07.
The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation Fellowship for Distinguished Service as Writing Intensive Instructor, Yale University, 2002.
Bass Teaching Fellow, Yale University, 2002.
Giles Whiting Foundation Dissertation Prize Fellowship in the Humanities, 2001-2002.
DAAD Research Fellow, The German Office for Academic Exchange, Freie Universität Berlin, 1988-1990.
The Austrian Ministry of Education and Research Fellowship, University of Vienna, 1987.
RUI Foundation Fellowship for Studies Abroad, University of Munich, 1983.
Modern Language Association, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, American Association for Italian Studies, American Association of Teachers of Italian.