PhD Student, Rutgers University
Department of Italian
Cinema Studies Program
PhD in Italian 2012 - present
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
Dissertation title: “Spectacular Capitalist City. Wanderings through Rome from 1870 to the Present”
Committee: Rhiannon Noel Welch, Andrea Baldi, Paola Gambarota.
MA in Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies 2005-2010
University of Siena, Italy.
Dissertation title: “Thematic and Transmedial Tracks. From The Tempest to Lost”
Advisor: Rocco Coronato.
HONORS AND AWARDS
University and Louis Bevier Fellowship, Rutgers University 2017/2018
Joseph E. & Marie E. Laggini Memorial Graduate Scholarship, Rutgers University Summer 2017
Mellon Summer Study Fellowship, Rutgers University Summer 2017
Cinema Studies Grant, Rutgers University Spring 2017
Cinema Studies Grant, Rutgers University Spring 2016
Graduate School Travel Grant, Rutgers University, Fall 2014
Joseph, Sr. and Clementina Coccia Memorial Scholarship, Rutgers University Summer 2014
Graduate School Travel Grant, Rutgers University Spring 2014
Her PhD dissertation “Spectacular Capitalist City. Wanderings through Rome from 1870 to the Present” analyzes modern and contemporary Italian cultural production (novels, films, poems) that highlights the city’s singular role in forging Italian national identity through monuments and urban plans. The texts under consideration reveal that the Italian state’s at times frantic, superficial, and spectacular modifications to Rome’s urban structure reveal the nation’s frustration with its perceived “backwardness” or “belatedness” with regard to European modernity. Beyond illustrating the annihilating character of the urban transformation and the imposition of a consumer capitalist economy in Rome, her analysis shows how the literary and cinematic works taken into consideration reveal alternative escapes from these strangling jaws. Flânerie, playful interactions with ruins, youthful figures discovering the city for the first time, and the creation of poetry and the adoption of a poetical point of view on the world represent various modalities through which the authors and directors included in her research attempt to challenge and subvert an authoritative, homogenizing society by showing that the figurative and literal cracks in the system can become sites of an alternative dwelling in the world.
Italian cinema, especially from WWII to the economic miracle and 21st century;
Cinematic adaptations of novels and plays;
“Ser Cepparello, Masetto e la sacralità della carne: il pastiche agiografico in Pier Paolo Pasolini e Giovanni Boccaccio” in Pasticcio Italiano, Carabba Editore. Forthcoming.
“(Mamma) Roma between Archaic and Modern Italy: Urbanisation and the Destruction of Poetical Dwelling” in Senses of Cinema, 77. December 2015.
“From Non-place to Poetic Space: Borderland in Gianfranco Rosi’s Sacro GRA,” “Innovations and Tensions: Italian Cinema and Media in a Global Context,” International Conference of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, American University of Rome, Italy, June 9-10, 2017;
“Insomma tuta la Storia l’è una storia di fascismi: Repression, Segregation, and Homogenization in the Roman Outskirts and Borgate,” South Central Modern Language Association, November, 3-5 2016;
“Masetto e la Sacralità della Carne: il Pastiche Agiografico in Pier Paolo Pasolini e Giovanni Boccaccio,” Northeast Modern Language Association, March 17-20, 2016;
“(Mamma) Roma between Archaic and Modern Italy,” “The Legacy of Pasolini” organized by Yale University, New Haven, CT, March 6-7, 2015;
"Unveiling Racialization as a Fictional Construction: the Neapolitan Episode in Paisà," South Central Modern Language Association, October 18-21, 2014;
"The Assemblage of the Woman’s Body as Fear: Iginio Ugo Tarchetti's La Lettera U," Northeast Modern Language Association April 3-6, 2014;
"Ribaltamento del Misticismo: dialogo tra Angela da Foligno e Pier Paolo Pasolini in L'Usignolo della Chiesa Cattolica," Italian Graduate Conference at Rutgers University, November 8-9,
INVITED GUEST LECTURES
“Le Tentazioni del Dottor Antonio: Roma Capitale-Roma Capitalista,” Guest Lecture in the Italian graduate seminar “Walking in the City” at Rutgers University; November 17, 2016;
“Notes on Appunti per un’Orestiade Africana,” Guest Lecture for the series “Pier Paolo Pasolini and Post-Colonialism,” Saint Joseph University, Philadelphia, PA, October 8, 2015;
"A Frankenstein-like Approach to Reality: Rossellini's Paisan," Guest Lecture in Italian 346: History of Italian Cinema at Rutgers University, Spring 2013.
Expository Writing 101, English Writing Program, Department of English, Rutgers University (Fall 2016)
Italian 673 online (MAT): Italian Cinema and Literature: Birth of a Capital(ist) City: Rome from 1870 to the Present, Department of Italian, Rutgers University (Summer 2016)
Italian 105 online: Reading Knowledge 1, Department of Italian, Rutgers University (Spring 2016)
Italian 371: Italian Theater, Department of Italian, Rutgers University (Spring 2016)
Italian 121: Italian Review, Department of Italian, Rutgers University (Fall 2015)
Italian 248: A Cultural Tour of Italy (in English), Department of Italian, Rutgers University (Fall 2015)
Italian 101 Online, Department of Italian, Rutgers University (Spring & Summer 2015)
Italian 250: Composition and Stylistics, Department of Italian, Rutgers University, (Fall 2014)
Italian 491: Italian Short Stories I: La carne tra Eros e Thanatos, Rutgers Summer Program in Urbino, Italy (Summer 2014)
Italian 322: Advanced Conversation and Civilization, Rutgers Summer Program in Urbino, Italy (Summer 2014)
Italian 132: Advanced Language, Department of Italian, Rutgers University (Spring 2014)
Italian 321: Advanced Conversation and Civilization, Department of Italian, Rutgers University (Fall 2013)
Italian 131 &132: Advanced Language, Rutgers Summer Program in Urbino, Italy (Summer 2013)
Italian 102: Elementary Language, Department of Italian, Rutgers University (Spring 2013)
Italian 101: Elementary Language, Department of Italian, Rutgers University (Fall 2012)