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.

“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 and his experience as editor of comics (L’Isola Trovata and Orient Express). Here is the link to the website of the event.

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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…

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