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Italian Literary & Cultural Studies

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Italian studies are central to the development of European cultures, written traditions, and artistic movements, beginning with the significance of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio and their legacies in the Mediterranean world.  Research expertise in the department spans Italian literary genres, periods, art, and cinema to the present day with focuses on contemporary Italy, aesthetics and poetics, the body, women writers, pedagogy, and the philosophy of education.

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Early modern Italy, Italian colonialism, Gender Studies

Medieval Italian literature, Italian cinema and theater.

Italian lyric and epic poetry, modern and contemporary fiction, women writers, literary theory, film studies, philosophy of education

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