I am a scholar of Italian studies specializing in comics studies and language pedagogy. In August 2020 I graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington with a dissertation on Italian comics magazines of the 1960s-1980s. My research integrates elements from periodical studies, media industry studies, publishing studies, fan studies, and the digital humanities. I am also interested in exploring original pedagogical applications of comics, especially in the field of language teaching and translation. I am currently developing an advance Italian language course titled “Translating Italian Comics: Discovering 20th- and 21st-Century Language and Culture.”
Currently, I am an Assistant Instructional Professor in Italian at the University of Chicago. I teach all levels of Italian, coordinate the first-year sequence, manage the social media accounts of the Italian Program, organize the Program’s cultural activities, administer language assessments in Italian, and mentor graduate student instructors.
It’s finally online on Simultanea my contribution on the comics publishing industry in Italy. The article is in Italian and you can read it and download it here. Here’s the abstract: In this article I examine the Italian publishing industry of comics, casting light on its complexity and hybridity. First, I show the current lack…Keep reading
Ed Talk – Comics literacy in Italian language courses: combining textual and visual elements to enhance students’ analytical skills (Notre Dame, 03/19)
In this talk, Sara will show how she integrated comics and cartoons into intermediate and lower advanced Italian language classes. She will also discuss how comics’ hybridity of text and image encourages students to look at works from different perspectives, therefore adopting a more holistic approach in their analysis. Moreover, through the review of her course on…Keep reading
I talked about “Comics Magazines: Not only Comics but also Criticism”. In Italy, magazines have been instrumental in the development and dissemination of comics, from the pioneering Il Corriere dei Piccoli (1908) to the longest-running auteur comics magazine Linus (1965-). In particular, auteur comics magazines became the venue in which to publish comics productions imbued…Keep reading