I am a PhD candidate in Italian Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, and a College of Arts and Science Dissertation Completion Fellowship recipient. My dissertation centers on the contribution of the comics magazine Orient Express to the development of auteur comics culture in Italy, a phenomenon that spanned between the mid-1960s and 1980s. On a broader level, my research explores questions of authorship, genre, reception, participatory culture, and publishing practices. Recently, I have organized the interdepartmental conference on comics, “Panels on Panels“, which brought together faculty and graduate students from across campus, with the aim of starting a conversation among scholars who conduct research and pursue creative activities related to the comics studies.
I got my BA in Modern Languages and Cultures (English, Spanish, and German) from the University of Pavia, Italy, and my MA in Specialized Translation (English and Spanish) from IULM University in Milan. My MA thesis consisted of the translation of 10 chapters of Alexander McCall Smith’s novel The Charming Quirks of the Others, followed by an in-depth analysis of translation challenges – in my case, regional expressions (Scots), poems, nursery rhymes, and word plays.
At Indiana University I got my MA in Italian Studies, and during my graduate career I took courses on a broad variety of subjects concerning Italian literature and culture, and pedagogy. At Indiana University I discovered comics studies, and I have had several occasion to share my research at national and international conferences, such as the International Comic Arts Forum in April 2019, which led to the publication of my article “Popular Format and Auteur Format in Italian Comics. The Case of Magnus” in the International Journal of Comic Art.
From 2013 to 2017, I worked as an Associate Instructor of Italian, and I had the chance to teach several courses, from beginning to advanced levels, in traditional, hybrid, and online formats, on campus and abroad. In 2016 I was appointed Teaching Assistant of a literary criticism course on Detective Fiction, for which I led the discussion portion of three sections. In 2015 and 2017 I worked as Assistant to the Director of Language Instruction to help coordinate Italian classes, create online class materials, and direct the co-curricular events. In 2018-2019 I worked as a Visiting Lecturer in Italian. In fall 2018 I taught Elementary Italian I, Intermediate Italian II – a course that a team of IU instructors, included me, has developed from scratch and structured on Canvas – and an Advanced Conversation course through films. In Spring 2019, in addition to Intermediate Italian II, I designed and taught an Advanced Reading and Expression course titled “Comics and 20th century Italy: a Parallel History“, which paired the history of Italian comics and the most important events of 20th-century Italy.
In 2016-2018 I served as the Graduate Student Organization Representative for Italian Studies; I co-organized the 2017 French and Italian Graduate conference as well as the 2018 Professionalization Workshop. In fall 2017 and fall 2019 I also facilitated the French and Italian Dissertation Writing Group. For some years now, I have been managing the Instagram and Twitter accounts of the Italian Program at IU.
- NeMLA 2020March 5-8, 2020 I attended NeMLA in Boston. I talked about: The Italian Comics Industry: Notes on the Production of… Continue Reading →
- Panels on PanelsThe Indiana University Comics Studies Group is pleased to announce our first conference, Panels on Panels, to be held on Thursday, February 13th and Friday, February 14th,… Continue Reading →
- “Luigi Bernardi e l’immaginario Pop”January 17th I will participate in the roundtable “Luigi Bernardi e l’immaginario pop” and I will talk about Luigi Bernardi… Continue Reading →
- “Auteur format and popular format. The Case of Magnus”. IJOCA vol. 21 no. 1, 2019My article on the artistic career of Italian cartoonist Magnus is now available in the International Journal of Comic Art,… Continue Reading →
- Mediating Italy Summer School 2019In June, I participated in Mediating Italy in Global Culture Summer School, which is sponsored by the University of Bologna,… Continue Reading →
- Comics Studies Group at IUStarting from this semester 2019, Indiana University has an (almost) official Comics Studies Group. In Frebruary we will hold our… Continue Reading →
- International Comic Arts Forum 2019One of the most vibrant periods in the history of Italian comics is the auteur comics magazine season, which spanned… Continue Reading →
- NeMLA 2019Over the period from the mid-1960s to late 1980s, Italian comics culture was characterized by the flourishing presence of comics… Continue Reading →
- Student Faculty Forum 2018
- NeMLA 2018In the 80s, while Frank Miller and Alan Moore were exploring the comics medium to convey a new sense of… Continue Reading →
- Popular Culture Association Conference 2018The 1970s and the 1980s represent an era of formal and stylistic experimentation in the world of comics, both in… Continue Reading →
- SaMLA 2017This paper seeks to examine the categories of “high” and “low” within the medium of comics itself, through the example… Continue Reading →
- AAIS 2017My paper analyzes the contribution of the comics magazine Orient Express, published by Luigi Bernardi from June 1982 to March… Continue Reading →
- NeMLA 2017This paper examines the strategies employed in the early 70s by the Italian cartoonist Pino Zac to adapt Ludovico Ariosto’s… Continue Reading →