Giuseppe Catozzella will be the Alberto Italian Studies Visiting Fellow in October 2017. He is the author of several volumes of short stories and novels, among which Il ciclo di vita del pesce (Rizzoli Granta 2011), Fuego (Feltrinelli Zoom 2012), Espianti (Transeuropa 2008), Alveare (Rizzoli 2011; Feltrinelli 2014), Il grande futuro (Feltrinelli 2016) and Non dirmi che hai paura (Feltrinelli 2014) based on the true story of a Somalian athlete, Saamiya Yusuf Omar, who participated in the Olympics of Beijing but tragically died soon after as she was trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe. The book won the prestigious literary prize Premio Strega Giovani, was translated into many foreign languages and was made into a documentary film in 2015. He also works as a journalist and collaborates with major Italian national newspapers such as La Repubblica, L’espresso and Il Fatto quotidiano. He has been nominated by the UN as Goodwill Ambassador (UNHCR) for bringing awareness about the plight of refugees. At Seton Hall he will researching for a project based on Emanuel Carnevali, a little-known Italian poet who moved to the United States in the early 1900s and wrote poems in English which were praised by literary figures such as Max Eastman, Ezra Pound, Robert McAlmon, e William Carlos Williams and which inspired Sherwood Anderson for his short story “An Italian poet in America.” Giuseppe Catozzella will also be lecturing on the relationship between literature and reality and on writing his novel Non dirmi che hai paura.
Margherita Ganeri will be the La Motta Chair Visiting Fellow in March 2018. She is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature at the University of Calabria. She is the author of several books, among which, The Italian America. Epos and Storytelling in Helen Barolini (International Mimesis, 2015), Ritagli critici. Sulla letteratura italiana contemporanea (Aracne, 2012), L’Europa in Sicilia. Saggi su Federico De Roberto (Le Monnier, 2005), Pirandello romanziere (Rubettino, 2001), Il romanzo storico di György Lukács: per una fondazione politica del genere letterario (Vecchiarelli, 1998). She is co-director of the «Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar» (a three weeks joint program with the John D. Calandra Institute) and the founder and coordinator of the Master-of-Arts in Philology, curriculum Italian Studies, for international students. She has lectured at Università Roma Tre, University of Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway in Rome, Università per stranieri in Perugia, J. D. Calandra Institute, Queens College, CUNY, New York, and Université d’Aix-Marseille, Maison de la Recherche. Aix-en-Provence, in France. At Seton Hall she will be researching for her new project on “Maria Mazziotti Gillan and the Italian American Women Writers of New Jersey” and will be lecturing on “Voyage to Calabria. The Southern Question through the Representation of the Region in Selected Pages of Travelers and Local Writers” and “Violence against Women in the Italian Novel: Persistence and Change in the Status of Women through the Selected Pages of Aleramo, Banti, Morante, Ferrante and Scego.”
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