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: AB 5111 - 15 Seminary Place
Modern Italian Literature, Theories of Language and Nation, European Pre-War Avant-garde, Film
COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT
- Classics of Italian Cinema
- Exploring Naples. History, Art, and Culture
- Italian Literature and Fascism
- Italian Civilization II (modern)
- Italian Literature of the Ottocento
- Twentieth-Century Poetry: Tradition and Experiment
- War and Experience. Twentieth-Century Italian Narratives
- Language and Nation in Italian Thought
- Poetry, Theory, and Modernity
- Giambattista Vico and His Modern Readers
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Chair, Jury of Rome Prize for Modern Italian Studies, American Academy in Rome, 2018.
- ACLS Frederick Burkhardt fellowship at the American Academy in Rome 2015 - 2016.
- 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.
- Irresistible Signs: The Genius of Language and Italian National Identity. University of Toronto Press, 2011.
- Surrealismo in Germania. Udine: Campanotto Editore, 1997.
- American Naples: Cross-Cultural Memories of an Occupation (in progress)
- "Uomo Qualunque. The Transnational Making of Italian Post-War Populism." The Italianist,39, I (2019): 44-63. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02614340.2019.1586318
- “The Fall of Naples: Percezioni e rappresentazioni americane della liberazione di Napoli.” In Leggere il tempo negli spazi. 1943 a Napoli, in Campania, nel Mezzogiorno e Mediterraneo. Special Issue of Meridione. Sud e Nord nel Mondo . Ed. Francesco Soverina. 2-3 (2015): 255-268.
- “Abandoning the Polyphonic Nation. Vico’s ‘True Dante’.” In L’Italia allo specchio. Linguaggi e identità italiane nel mondo. Eds. Fabio Finotti and Marina Johnston. Venezia: Marsilio, 2014, 83-91.
- “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.
Modern Language Association, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, American Association for Italian Studies, American Association of Teachers of Italian.