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, and sociological studies, as well as visual culture, narratology, reception, and adaptation studies. 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 current project 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. My goal is to propose a monographic project that combines three critical frameworks: the socio-historical contextualization of the Italian comics milieu in these decades; the philological analysis of Orient Express’ issues; the formal analysis of the comics stories therein published. On a broader level, this research explores questions of authorship, genre, reception, participatory culture and publishing practices. I believe that this project will cast light on an important yet understudied cultural phenomenon and, at the same time, offer a hermeneutic tool for investigating more contemporary issues related to popular culture studies. [continue…]


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