My academic background covers all periods of Italian culture, with a strong focus on Italian popular culture and comics. Comics studies are interdisciplinary by nature, and they call for scholars that are well-versed in a variety of fields of inquiry. For this reason, in my research I integrate popular culture, media industry studies, and sociological studies, as well as visual culture, reception, adaptation studies, and digital humanities. In addition, as a scholar of Italian Studies in the United States, I believe in bringing together Italian (European) and American scholarships and critical traditions.

My dissertatin, titled “Auteur comics magazines in Italy: the case of Orient Express (1982-1985)”, centers on the understudied and yet very representative auteur comics magazine Orient Express; it aims at casting light on its role as a training ground for a new generation of Italian comics authors and as a foreteller of a new comics season in Italy. Not only is Orient Express worthy of scholarly attention in itself; it also represents a case study that illuminates the art of making a (comics) magazine and provides the means for understanding the complex dynamics that rule the relationship among publishers, editors, staff, authors, and the market.


Research Interests

Italian comics studies

Popular Culture

Contemporary Italian Literature

Translation and Adaptation Studies

American Comics Studies and Art Comics

20th century Italian and American Visual Art


Courses taken during PhD

Medieval and Renaissance Italian

​Italian classics: from manuscripts to print (FA15): H. Wayne Storey; final paper: “Gli incunaboli e le edizioni a stampa del Decameron (1470-1557): progressi, innovazioni ectendenze nell’arte tipografica dell’Italia settentrionale”.

Forms of Civility in the Italian Renaissance (SP16): Massimo Scalabrini; final paper: “Ma come mangi? Le buone maniere a tavola nel De civilitate morum puerilium, nel Galateo e nel Nuovo Galateo“.

Modern and Contemporary Italian

Letteratura e cultura barocca in Italia (FA15): Marco Arnaudo; final paper: “Gli orologi di Ciro di Pers : sentimento del tempo e ineluttabilità della morte”

Neo-Baroque Lit & Culture (FA16): Marco Arnaudo – auditor

Art History

The graphic novel (SP16): Andrei Molotiu; final paper: “Black Hole and its forerunners: analysis of Burns’ evolution”.

Comics and the Art World (FA16): Andrei Molotiu; final paper: “Comics at the crossroad of neo-baroque and figurative art: Art Spiegelman’s “The Malpractice Suite”and Stefano Tamburini’s Snake Agent“.

American Art 1865-1945 (SP17): Melody Deusner; final paper: “Early Krazy Kat: birth, adaptations and critical reception of a comic strip”.

Courses taken during MA
Medieval and Renaissance Italian

Boccaccio and Petrarch (SP14) – H. Wayne Storey; final paper: “Visual poetics: questioni di stabilità e mobilità nel confronto tra i MSS Chigiano L V 176 e Vaticano Latino 3195”

Dante, Vita Nova (FA14) – H. Wayne Storey; final paper: “Donne ch’avete intelletto d’Amore e lo studio del genere canzone: modelli, materialità e disseminazione nel confronto tra la Vita Nova, il De Vulgari Eloquentia e la Commedia di Dante”

Renaissance Anticlassicism (SP15) – Massimo Scalabrini; final paper: “La massera da bé e le altre- erotismo e masserizia nell’ottica ‘anti-classicista’”

Modern and Contemporary Italian

The Italian novel: detective fiction (FA13) – Marco Arnaudo; final paper: “Arrivederci amore, ciao: gli abissi fisici e morali del male”

Contemporary Italian culture (SP14) – Andrea Ciccarelli; creative project (short story)

Modern Italian Lit: Italian Comics (FA14) – Marco Arnaudo; final paper: “Sclavi prima di Sclavi”

Contemporary Theater: Pirandello and De Filippo (SP15) – Andrea Ciccarelli; final paper: “Dalla novella alla pièce: metateatralità e contrasto autore/regista in “Questa sera si recita a soggetto” di Pirandello”

Cinema

Revisiting Italian Fascism in cinema (FA13): Antonio Vitti; final paper: “Uomo e virilità durante il fascismo: i casi di Wertmüller, Scola e Bertolucci

“Postwar Italian Cinema (FA14): ““Why neorealism failed”: Ma il Neorealismo è davvero fallito? Forse è tutta una questione di termini”

Pedagogy

Italian teaching Practicum (FA13): Karolina Serafin

Methods of Language Teaching (SP14): Colleen Ryan