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
- 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
- Amazon.com: The Formation of a National Audience in Italy, 1750–1890: Readers and Spectators of Italian Culture (The Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Series in Italian Studies) (9781611478006): Gabriella Romani, Jennifer Burns, Giacomo Mannironi, Roberto Risso, Giulia Brian, Martina Piperno, Fabio Camilletti, Federico Casari, Fabio Finotti, Paola Giuli, Adriana Chemello, Olivia Santovetti, Maria Grazia Lolla, Ombretta Frau, Cristina Gragnani, Katharine Mitchell: Books
- 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.