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Valentina Graziuso

Ph.D. Student

At UNC since 2018
Advised by Professor Serenella Iovino
Dey Hall 319


  • Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA Italian Studies, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA Linguistics and Web Technology, University Marburg, Germany
  • BA Linguistics and Cultural Mediation, Orientale University of Naples, Italy
  • About Valentina

    Valentina is a doctoral student and teaching assistant in the Department of Romance Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in Modern \ Contemporary Italian Literature and Environmental Humanities. Her current research interests include Posthumanism, Animal Studies, Ecofeminist Theology, and Multispecies Relationship. Valentina is currently working on her research dissertation focusing on the study of hybridity and metamorphosis as tools for literary representation of marginalized identities, human-nature relationship, and spirituality in the work by the Twentieth-century Italian novelist Anna Maria Ortese.


    Graziuso, V. (2023). Convenzioni matrimoniali, emancipazione e consenso femminile in epoca medioevale: La voce della Compiuta Donzella di Firenze. Forum Italicum.


    Trascendenza ed etica della compassione in «Alonso e i visionari» di Anna Maria Ortese. The Canadian Association for Italian Studies (CAIS) - Annual Conference. Campus MIL, University of Montreal, May 4 - 7, 2023.

    Awards & Honors

  • 2021 Dana B. Drake Award for Excellence in Teaching Italian
  • Typical Courses Taught

  • ITAL 101 – Elementary Italian I
  • ITAL 102 – Elementary Italian II
  • ITAL 203 – Intermediate Italian I
  • ITAL 204 – Intermediate Italian II
  • ITAL 300 – Communicating in Italian: Media, Culture and Society
  • ITAL 402 – Intermediate Accelerated Italian II
  • GRC – Graduate Research Consultant for ITAL 320 Cities and Cultures. History, Power, and Ecology - Fall 2022.
  • GTF – Graduate Teaching Fellow, ITAL 130 – Dante Divine Comedy, Fall 2023