Kate Mitchell will be a Visiting Fellow in Italian Studies in the Fall of 2014. She received her PhD from the University of Warwick in 2007 and worked as a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (Lucy Cavendish College) between 2008 and 2011. She is Lecturer in Italian at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and author of Italian Women Writers: Gender and Everyday Life in Fiction and Journalism, 1870-1910 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press) as well as co-editor of Women and Gender in Post-Unification Italy: Between Private and Public Spheres (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013). She has published articles on Neera, La Marchesa Colombi, Matilde Serao and Giacomo Puccini. At Seton Hall she will be working on an article on divas and ‘feminine beauty' in nineteenth-century Italian literary culture. The topics of her lectures will include ‘Opera Divas and Heroines in Nineteenth-Century Italy', ‘Le donne italiane nell'Ottocento' and ‘Scrittici e lettrici italiane del tardo Ottocento'.