Dr. Romani specializes in 19th Century Italian Literature and questions of cultural identity in Post-Unification Italy.
My main field of research is late Nineteenth-Century Italian Literature and Culture. I am interested in the relationship between author, publisher and reader at a time of great development in the late nineteenth-century Italian printed media. I am particularly intrigued by the cultural influences on the process of identity formations in the post-unification period and by the way in which high and low forms of cultural productions interacted with each other. I have also researched and published on questions of identity formation in Migrant and Holocaust Literature. Additionally, I direct the Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute.
- Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2000
- Laurea, University of Rome, La Sapienza, 1991
- Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study of the University of Warwick, UK, Spring 2012.
- Provost's Faculty Scholarship Award, Seton Hall University, 2008.
- University Research Council Summer Grant- Seton Hall University, June-July 2006.
- Fashioning the Italian Nation: Risorgimento and the costume all’italiana
Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 20(1), 10-23.,
- Postal Culture: Reading and Writing Letters in Post-Unification Italy
University of Toronto Press,
- The Printed Media in Fin-de-Siecle Italy: Publishers, Writers and Readers
- Edmondo De Amicis, Impressioni di Roma
- Rome 1870: O mammina o la morte! The Breach of Porta Pia according to Edmondo De Amicis
Annali d'Italianistica, 28(2010), 31-48.,
- From Letter to Literature: Giovanni Verga, Matilde Serao and Late Nineteenth-Century Epistolary Fiction
Modern Language Notes, vol. 124(1), pp 177-194,
- Writing to Delight: Nineteenth Century Short Stories by Italian Women
University of Toronto Press, Toronto.,
- Letter to My Mother (Texts and Translations)
Modern Lagnuage Association of America, 1st ed.,