Jessy Carton was a Visiting Fellow in Italian Studies in the Fall of 2013. She received a bachelor's and master's degree in French and Italian Linguistics and Literature from Ghent University (Belgium). She is currently preparing a PhD in Italian literature under the supervision
of professor Sabine Verhulst. The aim of her PhD research is to understand the ethos or self-presentation of the literary outsider and his anomalous views on literature and society by means of a case study of the Italian author-journalist Goffredo Parise (1929-1986). Jessy Carton has published articles on Raffaele La Capria, Goffredo Parise and Ennio Flaiano in leading international journals. The topics of her lectures at Seton Hall University include "Giorgio Bassani's Commitment:
Recounting the Tragedy of the Italian Jews in the Second World War", "Cold War in Italy: Capitalism, Communism and Diversity in Goffredo Parise's Travel Reports" and "Rome and the Economic Miracle: La Dolce Vita? Ennio Flaiano's Criticism of Post-War Italy".
Federico Casari was Visiting Fellow in Italian Studies for the month of September, 2012. He received a BA in Italian Language and Literature from the University of Bologna (Italy), and an MA in Italian Philology from the same university. He is currently a third-year PhD candidate in the Department of Italian at Durham University. Supervised by Professor Carlo Caruso, his research project is designed towards the understanding of a typically Italian genre of literary journalism, the elzeviro, and its impact in the process of literary reporting between the second half of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. At Seton Hall he lectured on "America 1850-1860. How the Italians discovered the United States" and "Milano and the Making of I promessi sposi".