Laurea Ling. Lett. Stran. Mod. (Università Bologna, Italy) M.A., Ph.D. (Hull, UK)
Cassamarca Lecturer in Italian Studies
I am the Co-ordinator of Italian Studies Major and the founder and organizer of the initiative Research in Italian Studies in Melbourne (RISM). Before moving to Australia I had studied and taught in Italy, England and Scotland.
My areas of specialism are within modern and contemporary literature and culture with emphasis on women writers, cinema, and gender theories. I have worked in particularly on the daughter-mother relationship in 20th century women’s writing, on cultural representations of space and travel writing, and on gendered approaches to food and cinema. My current research lies within the Italian colonialist period.
At Monash I have co-ordinated and taught a number of units both at Clayton campus and at the Prato Centre (Italy). I have taught literature, cinema, and language. In particular I co-oridante and teach the culture part of the Proficient levels (with a focus on 20th and 21st century literature, on Fascism and Primo Levi); I co-ordinate and teach the unit Italy on Film, the unit Writing Lives: Autobiography and Historical Fiction (with a particular emphasis on women writers), the Prato unit The Italian City (with particular emphasis on Fellini, Elena Ferrante and the detective novel). I co-ordinate and teach the Introductory 1 and 2 units. I have co-taught the unit From Realism to Modernism with a particular emphasis on Matilde Serao, and contributed to the School elective Tales of Origins and Transgression. I have also taught language and culture at Intermediate level both at Clayton and at Prato (with particular emphasis on the Unification and on Verdi).
Italian Women Writers, 1800-2000: Boundaries, Borders, and Transgression. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014.
Corpi e linguaggi: il legame figlia-madre nelle scrittrici italiane del 900. Padua: Il Poligrafo, 2014.
Corporeal Bonds: the Daughter-Mother Relationship in 20th century Italian Women’s Writing. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012. Reviewed in Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 18.4 (2013); Quaderni d’Italianistica, 34.1 (2013); Italian Studies, 68.3 (2013); Spunti e ricerche, 28 (2013); Forum Italicum, 48.3 (2014); Annali d’Italianistica, 32 (2014).
“Crossing Boundaries and Borders: Matilde Serao’s Travel Writing.” In Italian Women Between Boundaries and Borders: Confinement, Writing and Borders. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014, 155-169.
“Introduction.” In Italian Women Between Boundaries and Borders: Confinement, Writing and Borders. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014, ix-xix.
“Construction and Self-Construction in Elena Ferrante’s Gendered Space.” In Beyond the Piazza: Public and Private Space in Modern Italian Culture, edited by Simona Storchi, Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2013, 115-127.
“Maschere di razionalità e sentimento: le voci narranti maschili in Francesca Sanvitale.” Italica, 87.3 (2010): 428-440.
“The Daughter’s Body in Morante’s Menzogna e sortilegio and Di Lascia’s Passaggio in ombra.” Forum Italicum, 39.1 (2005): 100-119.
“Women, Relationships and Space in Stancanelli’s Benzina.” Romance Studies, 22.2 (2004): 127-137.