Assistant Professor of Italian | Dey 139

At UNC since 2013


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Columbia College, Columbia University


Marisa Escolar focuses on post-Unification Italian literature and culture, with an emphasis on fascism, World War II and encounters with the Anglo-American world. Some of her interdisciplinary interests include translation studies, travel writing/tourism, censorship, gender studies, and the US military.


“Censoring The ‘Curious’ Minchia in Vitaliano Brancati’s Il Bell’Antonio: Intercultural Encounters and the Politics of Grammatical Gender.” Gender/Sexuality/Italy 3.1 (Forthcoming, September 2016)

At War: Spaces of Conflict (1870-2015). Special Issue of Romance Notes 55.3, 2015. Co-edited with Jessica Tanner.

“Marry the Allies?: Luciana Peverelli’s ‘True’ Romanzo Rosa in Liberation Rome.” Italian Studies. Vol. 70.2, 2015. 228-248.

“Censorship and Desire in Matilde Serao’s La mano tagliata and Alessandro Manzoni’s I promessi sposi.” In The Fires Within: Desire in Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature, Edited by Elena Borelli. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2014. 110-127.

“Sleights of Hand: Black Skin and Curzio Malaparte’s La pelle.” California Italian Studies 3(1). Escholarship. 2012. 1-20.

“L’Innocente and The Victim: D’Annunzio’s Infidelities and Translations.” Arena Romanistica. Translation. University of Bergen, Norway. Vol. 10, 2012. 100-123.

Typical Courses

ITAL 250 – Italian Fascism: Between History, Fiction and Film
ITAL 335 – Themes in Italian film
ITAL 339 / PWAD 339 – US-Italian Encounters: War, Tourism, Myth
ITAL 382 – The Modern Italian Novel (“Migration, Translation and Italy Today”)
ROML 756 – Translation in Theory (To be taught Fall ’17)
ITAL 830 – Graduate seminar, special topics (Liberation, Occupation, Translation; War, Tourism and the Gendering of Allied Occupied Italy)

Awards & Honors

  • Has received funding from the Fulbright and Mellon foundations

Recently Directed Dissertations

Recently, she has directed dissertations on filmic representations of Aldo Moro, female partisan narratives, and a geocritical approach to New York as seen through Italian travel writing of the 1930s.