Giuseppe Catozzella was 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.
Ilaria Poerio was the La Motta Visiting Fellow in Italian Studies in the Fall of 2016. She received her Ph.D. in Italian Studies from the University of Reading in 2015. She has recently published A scuola di dissenso: Storie di resistenza al confino di polizia (1926-43)(Carocci, 2016); Postcards from Italy. Ventanni di berlusconismo sulla stampa britannica (Storia e problemi contemporanei n.64, 2013) and she has coauthored Vento del Sud. Gli antifascisti meridionali nella guerra di Spagna (Istituto Ugo Arcuri, 2007). Her research interests include Fascism, Antifascism and political violence. At Seton Hall, Dr. Poerio conducted a preliminary study on the cult of San Gennaro in the Italian-American communities of New Jersey and New York State, and the role it played in establishing not only a religious but also cultural identity, as one would expect both in the Old Country and the New World. The topics of her lectures at Seton Hall included "Policing Dissidence and Persecuting Otherness in Fascist Italy," "America is a dreamy milk sea: a portrait of the Italian immigration in Twentieth-century Italian cinema," and "Believing the Impossible: Neapolitan Identity and the Cult of San Gennaro".
Martina Piperno was the Alberto Italian Studies Visiting Fellow in the Spring of 2017. Originally from Rome, she just completed her Ph.D. in Italian Studies at the University of Warwick in the UK. Her research focuses on Leopardi and in 2012 she received the "Anna Leopardi" Award (XII Edition) for the best MA dissertation on Giacomo Leopardi, issued by Centro Nazionale Studi Leopardiani (Recanati, Italy). She has published several articles and is currently working on a volume titled: The Nineteenth Century in Italian Contemporary Culture: Tradition, Continuity, Legacy, edited by M. Piperno and F. Camilletti (New York: Palgrave Macmillan [forthcoming]). At Seton Hall she will be giving a lecture at the Alberto Institute on "The Most Ancient Wisdom of the Italians: a History in the Margins" and will teach a class to undergraduate students on the poet Giacomo Leopardi.
Rossella Merlino was the Visiting Fellow in Italian Studies in the Spring of 2016. She received her M.A. in Contemporary Italian Studies from UCL in 2008 and her Ph.D. from the University of Strathclyde in 2013, and worked as a Teaching Fellow in Italian at the Universities of Bath and Exeter. She has recently been appointed as Lecturer and Head of Italian at the University of Bangor. Her research focuses on the cultural dimension of Italian organized crime, with a specific reference to the Sicilian mafia and religion, on which she has published several articles in international journals. At Seton Hall, she will conduct a preliminary comparative study between the memoirs and letters written by Sicilian mafia bosses and the selected memoirs of American mafiosi. The topics of her lectures at Seton Hall will include "The religious dimension of the Sicilian mafia: an overview", "A comparative analysis between the Sicilian and the American mafia", "The mafia as a 'Southern Question': apology, cultural representations, and otherness".
Kate Mitchell was a Visiting Fellow in Italian Studies in the Fall of 2014. She received her Ph.D. 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 I talian 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 worked on an article on divas and 'feminine beauty' in nineteenth-century Italian literary culture. The topics of her lectures were 'Opera Divas and Heroines in Nineteenth-Century Italy', 'Le donne italiane nell'Ottocento' and 'Scrittici e lettrici italiane del tardo Ottocento'.
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 Ph.D. in Italian literature under the supervision of professor Sabine Verhulst. The aim of her Ph.D. 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 B.A. in Italian Language and Literature from the University of Bologna (Italy), and an M.A. in Italian Philology from the same university. He is currently a third-year Ph.D. 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".