Gabriella Romani is a Professor of Italian at Seton Hall University. She received a Laurea from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and a Ph.D. in Italian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. At Seton Hall she also directs the Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute and the Summer Study-Abroad Program in Rome.
She is the author of Postal Culture: Writing and Reading Italy in Post-Unification Italy (University of Toronto Press, 2013), co-editor of Writing to Delight: Italian Short Stories by Nineteenth-Century Women Writers (University of Toronto Press, 2006) and of The Printed Media in fin-siècle Italy (Legenda, UK, 2011). She edited and introduced Edith Bruck's Letter to My Mother (New York: MLA Texts and Translations Series, 2007) as well as Edmondo De Amicis, Impressioni di Roma (Venice: Marsilio, 2011). She is the author of several articles and is currently working on a new monograph on nineteenth-century Jewish writers in Italy and on editing a volume of essays titled: The Formation of a National Audience in Italy, 1750-1890: Readers and Spectators of Italian Culture.
Her main field of research is late Nineteenth-Century Italian Literature and Culture. She is particularly interested in the relationship between author, publisher and reader and in the interaction between high and low-brow cultural productions during the process of modernization of the printed media in the late nineteenth-century Italy. She is currently working on a book tentatively titled: "Jews of Italy and the Creation of a National Culture in Post-Unification Italy."
- Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2000
- Laurea, University of Rome, La Sapienza, 1991
- "Muses, Heroines, and Virtuous Wives in Nineteenth-Century Italy: Erminia Fuà Fusinato's and Matilde Serao's Literary Portrayals of the New Italian Woman" The Italianist 3 (2019): 297-314
- Enrico Castelnuovo, I Moncalvo. Ed. Gabriella Romani. Novara: Interlinea, 2019
- The Formation of a National Audience in Italy, 1750–1890: Readers and Spectators of Italian Culture. Gabriella Romani and Jennifer Burns, eds. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2017
- Enrico Castelnuovo, The Moncalvos. Translated by Brenda Webster and Gabriella Romani. Introduced by Gabriella Romani. San Antonio, TX: Wings Press, 2016
- "Fashioning the Italian Nation: Risorgimento and the costume all’italiana"
Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 20.1 (2015), 10-23.
- Postal Culture: Reading and Writing Letters in Post-Unification Italy
University of Toronto Press, 2013
- "The Printed Media in Fin-de-Siecle Italy: Publishers, Writers and Readers"
- Edmondo De Amicis, Impressioni di Roma, Venice: Marsilio., 2010
- 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., 2007
- Letter to My Mother (Texts and Translations)
Modern Language Association of America, 1st ed., 2006
- University Research Council Summer Grant- Seton Hall University, June-July 2016.
- 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.