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About Silvia Valisa

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, and in collaboration with the FSU Digital Library, I recently released a digitization of nine months of the Sonzogno newspaper "Il secolo" (January-September 1885).


Present Associate Professor, Florida State University

Research Interests

18th, 19th and 20th century Italian Literature, Gender Theory, Women's Studies, The Technologies of Modernity: Print, Photography, Cinema, Theory and Practices of the Modern Italian Novel, Comparative Literature (Italian and French), and Foreign Language Pedagogy, Internet Teaching Technology

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  • Transhistorical Survey Classes (in English)
  • Intermediate and Advanced Italian Courses
  • Upper division and Graduate Seminars (in Italian)

Contact Information

Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics
Florida State University
625 University Way
PO Box 3061540
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1540


Books (1)

Online Project (2)

Contributions to Books (2)

Selected Articles and Book Reviews (5)

Visual Material - Presentations (1)

Teaching Material (5)