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Megan Fenrich

PH. D. Graduate in Italian
Graduated from UNC in


B.A., Italian and Religious Studies, Gettysburg College, 2016

M.A., Italian Studies, UNC at Chapel Hill, 2018

About Megan

Megan is from Blacksburg, Virginia and is a seventh-year graduate student in the Department of Romance Studies. She began studying Italian at Gettysburg College, and her year abroad in Ferrara, Italy bolstered her passion for Italian culture and literature. After receiving her M.A. in 2018, Megan spent a year in Parabiago, Italy (Milan) teaching English at an Italian high school. She received Debbie Schenker Archival Fellowships in Summer 2019 and Summer 2020 to transcribe and research uncatalogued Italian manuscripts at Wilson Library, UNC’s archival library. She received the Kyser Graduate Summer Award for Summer Research in Summer 2021 to research and write an article about subterranean landscapes in Orlando furioso (1532) by Ludovico Ariosto. She received a one-month Hanes Graduate Research Fellowship for the 2022-2023 academic year to conduct dissertation research at Wilson Library. In addition, Megan has previously presented research at the Carolina Conference for Romance Studies at UNC (2018, 2021) and at the Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference in Premodern Studies at The Newberry Library in Chicago (2022).

Her current research interests include Dante; Ludovico Ariosto; Michelangelo; Medieval and Renaissance Natural History, Geology, and Mineralogy; Ecocriticism; and Paleography.

Typical Courses Taught

ITAL 101: Elementary Italian I

ITAL 102: Elementary Italian II

ITAL 203: Intermediate Italian I

ITAL 204: Intermediate Italian II

ITAL 335: Themes in Italian Films (immigration [Fall 2021]; commedia all’italiana [Fall 2023])

ITAL 340: Italian America in Film and Literature [Spring 2023]

GRC for ITAL 370: Italian Masterpieces I: Poetry, Parchment, Polis [Fall 2019]