I am an associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. I teach courses on Italian language, literature and culture. I am interested in the modernity of Italy and Europe in all of its aspects (the literary, the technological, the visual), and in the broad narrative, epistemological, and scientific shifts that occurred between 19th and 20th century. I received my PhD in Italian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley (2007), and I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in International Humanities at the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University (2009). My first book, "Gender, Narrative, and Dissonance in the Modern Italian Novel" on the intersection between narrative, epistemology and gender in modern Italian novels, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2014. My second book project, "News, Notes and Novels: the Stabilimento Sonzogno’s and the Technologies of Culture in Italy, 1804-1914" is borne out of my interest in the history of publishing and print technologies. Devoted to Milanese publisher Sonzogno, "News, Notes and Novels" discusses the Stabilimento Sonzogno’s essential role in the modernization of the publishing business in Italy, in particular in terms of diversification of the offer, technological and journalistic innovations, and the quest for international market opportunities. In connection with my work on Sonzogno, I developed a digital sample of Sonzogno's historical catalog (currently available online) and am currently working on making available online the 1885 issues of the Sonzogno newspaper "Il secolo" (Forthocoming in Dec. 2015).
Articles and Book Reviews
Still figures: Photography, modernity and gender in Neera’s Fotografie matrimoniali, The Italianist (2010)
This essay discusses author Neera's early novel "Fotografie matrimoniali" (1883) in light of its ambiguous...
Corpi estranei and Moving Stereotypes: Pier Paolo Pasolini and the Trauma of the Other in "L'odore dell'India", MLN - Modern Language Notes (2009)
A Passion for Detail: Mussolini, Fascism, and Censorship, H-Italy (2008)
Gendered Quests: Analysis, Revelation and the Epistemology of Gender in Neera's "Teresa", "Lydia" and "L'indomani", The Italianist (2008)
This essay is devoted to Milanese fin-de-siècle writer Neera, more specifically to the three novels...
Contributions to Books
An Imaged Life. Wanda Wulz and the Familiar Archive, A 'window' on the Female Modernist 'I': from Neera to Elsa Morante (2013)
This essay reviews Italian photographer Wanda Wulz's (1903-1984) artistic production in light of the family...
Casa editrice Sonzogno: mediazione culturale, circuiti del sapere ed innovazione tecnologica nell'Italia unificata (1861-1900), The Printed Media in Fin-de-siecle Italy: Publishers, Writers, and Readers (2011)
Sonzogno Digital Library - 1885 Sample, Web (2013)
Questo sito presenta il primo esempio di raccolta dati librari transnazionale effettuato sulla produzione dell'editore...
Progetto Sonzogno, GoogleSites (2011)
This is a sample of my research on the history of publishing.