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Ph.D. Student in Italian

Advised by Professor Serenella Iovino

gmangrav@live.unc.edu | Dey 115

At UNC Since 2016


Education

M.A., Italian Language and Literature, The University of Pittsburgh, 2015
B.A., Comparative Literature, Franklin and Marshall College, 2012

Bio

Gina is a PhD student in Italian focusing on literary and cinematic productions from the late 19th century to present day. Her current research interests include women’s and gender studies, disability studies, creativity as a corporeal and affective concept, and the writing process. Her dissertation takes a feminist approach in analyzing the corporeal relationship between disability, city, and creativity in the Neapolitan tales of Matilde Serao, Anna Maria Ortese, Elena Ferrante, and Valeria Parrella.

While at UNC she has been an active member of the department’s graduate student association (GRA) holding the roles of secretary and vice president, as well as a spot on the organizing committee of the Carolina Conference on Romance Studies (2018). Within the department she has also served on the Climate & Inclusivity Committee and the Graduate Placement and Professional Development Committee. Gina has also worked as an editorial assistant for Romance Notes, NCSRLL, and Hispanófila.

Recent Conferences:

  • Canadian Association of Italian Studies, Orvieto (2019)
  • Southeastern Women’s Studies Association, Clemson University (2018)
  • American Association of Italian Studies, Ohio State University (2017
  • Sicily: Language, Art and Culture, U Penn (2016)
  • Performing Revolution – Parole in Movimento, Rutgers (2015)
  • The University of Pittsburgh Grad Expo (2013)
  • Bridging the Gap, University at Buffalo Romance Language and Literature Conference (2013)

Publications

  • Co-authored with Giovanna Faleschini Lerner and Maria Elena D’Amelio. “Motherhood on Screen: A Film Catalog from 1945 to the Present.” Italian Motherhood on Screen. Edited by Giovanna Faleschini Lerner and Maria Elena D’Amelio. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, pp. 275–286.

Courses Taught

  • ITAL 101, ITAL 203, ITAL 204, ITAL 333 Italian Cinema & Culture
  • Graduate Research Consultant (GRC) for WGST695