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Fusco, Raffaella

Raffaella FuscoRaffaella Fusco ( graduated from the University of Rochester with a B.A. in Italian Studies/Economics and a M.A. in Literary Translation Studies. As part of her master’s thesis in Literary Translation Studies, she worked on a book-length translation of Margaret Mazzantini’s Mare al Mattino, which helped her examine not only Italy’s rapport with Libya, but also the relationship between external verb definitions of groups and internal group identities. Her research further fueled her desire to study Italy’s cultural and historical relations with other nations, and so, soon after completing her graduate program at the University of Rochester, she joined New York University’s M.A. program in Italian Studies. There, she fused her interests in education, colonialism, and fascism; eventually delving deeper into how fascist education in Italian East Africa aimed to reshape the components of Italianità. Currently, as a doctoral student in Italian Studies, Raffaella is avidly exploring new avenues of research in migration studies, travel writing, and Italian-American identity, while deepening her knowledge of fascism, immigration, national identity, and Italy’s intricate relationship to its colonial past.

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