Ph.D. Graduate in Italian

Advised by Professor Marisa Escolar

alessia@live.unc.edu | Dey 111


Education

M.A., Comparative Literature, Florida Atlantic University, 2014
M.A., Italian Studies, Università per Stranieri di Siena, 2010
B.A., European Literatures, Università di Pisa, 2008

Bio

Alessia is originally from Italy where she studied Italian literature, English and French language and literature, and linguistics. After obtaining her Master’s in Italy from Università per Stranieri di Siena, Alessia taught Italian as a foreign language in India and Albania and then decided to move to the US to continue her studies. She obtained a Master’s in Comparative Literature from Florida Atlantic University and then moved to North Carolina to pursue her Ph.D. at UNC Chapel Hill.

Her research focuses on 19th and 20th century Italian literature and culture, Italian cinema, Italian American studies, theories of space and place, and the “American Myth” in Italian culture. Thanks to her dissertation project, “Modern Trajectories: American Urban Space in Italian Travel Narrative of the 1920s-30s,” she was awarded the Isabella Payne Cooper Dissertation Research Fellowship for Italian, the Paul and Fran Hoch Summer Research Fellowship, and the Off-Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship.

While at UNC, Alessia has held numerous positions on the department’s Graduate Romance Association student organization and served as budget and fundraising director for the Carolina Conference for Romance Studies 2018.

Publications

  • White, JP. & Martini, A., “Frequency of Input: An Analysis at the Macro and Micro-levels of Learning Italian.” Instructed Second Language Acquisition (Forthcoming).
  • “Concept City: Roma ri-vista e vissuta ne La dolce vita e La grande bellezza.” Carte Italiane 2.10 (2015).

Recent Conferences

  • “Fascination & Alienation: The Twofold Representation of New York as Ideal Futurist/Infernal City in Fortunato Depero’s Travel Narrative.” Canadian Society of Italian Studies, 2018.
  • Mostruosa bellezza: New York’s Vertical Landscape in Italian Travel Narrative of the 1920s 30s.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 2017.
  • “Mapping the Homeland(s) in Igiaba Scego’s La mia casa è dove sono.” Northeast Modern Language Association, 2017.
  • “Crime at the Time of Urban Growth: Investigating Contemporary Italy in the Novels of Carlo Lucarelli and Massimo Carlotto.” Intersezioni/ Intersections, 2016.
  • “Pier Paolo Pasolini in the Periphery of Rome: the Borgate of Accattone and Mamma Roma Inside and Outside History.” Crossroads Conference, 2016.
  • “A Theater in Ruins: Contemporary Italy between Reality and Appearance in Human Capital by Paolo Virzì.” The Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, 2015.
  • “Storie scolpite nella pietra: biografie/autobiografie scultoree degli italiani emigrati a Barre, Vermont.” American Association of Italian Studies, 2015.
  • “A spasso per la capitale: Roma protagonista del cinema italiano dal neorealismo ad oggi.” The Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, 2014.

Courses Taught

  • ITAL 101 Elementary Italian I
  • ITAL 102 Elementary Italian II
  • ITAL 203 Intermediate Italian I
  • ITAL 308: Italian Culture Through Opera (Language Across the Curriculum)
  • ITAL 340 Italian America in Literature and Film
  • ITAL 402 Intermediate Accelerated Italian

Course Coordinator for:

  • ITAL 203 Intermediate Italian I

Graduate Research Consultant for:

  • ITAL 382 The Modern Italian Novel