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Ashna Ali
Previous College / University attended: Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University
Areas of Concentration: Globalization and Diaspora, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality, Film and Television, Genre Studies, American Studies, Italian Studies.
Languages and Literatures: English, Italian, Bengali, Spanish, French
Country of origin: Bangladesh / Italy
Publications: (forthcoming) “To be Young, Gifted, and Black: Sex, Power, and Female Subjectivity in in Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal”, co-written with Yelizavetha Shapiro, Mai: Journal of Feminism and Visual Culture (Summer 2018)

“Book Review: Migrant Writers and Urban Space in Italy: Proximities and Affect in Literature and Film by Graziella Parati”, g/s/i 15 (2018)
“Ambivalence and Security in the Anglo-American Empire: A Critical Dialogue with Professor Homi K Bhabha,” co-interviewed with Rahul K. Gairola. JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory 47.1 (Winter 2017): 143-162

“The Order of Things: Games of Agency and Fate in Giancarlo de Cataldo’s I Traditori,” La Fusta, Journal of Italian Literature and Culture, Vol. 22 “Devotion/ Devozione,” (Fall 2014) 

K. Paige Ambroziak
Areas of Concentration: 16th and 17th English and French drama and prose; early modern representations of religion and myth; Christianity in secular texts; Milton; Marlowe; Shakespeare
Languages and Literatures: English, French, Latin
Country of origin: Canada

  • "Poussin's Echo of Ovid." WRECK: Graduate Journal of Art History, Visual Art & Theory, Fall 2013, Vol. 4 Issue 1.
  • "No One Promised Us a Job." The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 2013.

Lissi Athanasiou
Areas of Concentration: modernity; modern Greek literature; 20th century novel; memory; mind; narrative techniques; emotions
Languages and Literatures: Greek, English, French, Ancient Greek and Latin

Fabio Battista
Previous College / University attended: Università di Roma "La Sapienza" (B.A. 2009; M.A. 2012)
Areas of Concentration: Early Modern English and Italian literature; Cultural History; Theory of Literary Genres; History and Literature
Languages and Literatures: Italian, English, French, Latin
Country of origin: Italy
  • Clizia Carminati e Stefano Villani (a cura di), Storie inglesi. L’Inghilterra vista dall’Italia tra storia e romanzo (XVII sec.), Edizioni della Normale, Pisa, 2011. Book review, Status Quaestionis, (5) 2013.
  • “Spiritual Autobiography in Seventeenth-Century England. Trends in Literary History and Criticism, 1948 – 2012.” Status Quaestionis, (3) 2012.
  • La parole antérieure. Giraudoux, Électre e la riscrittura del mito.” Laboratorio Critico, (3) 2012.
  • La vie humaine commence de l’autre côté du désespoir. La lezione di Macbeth ne Les Mouches.” Laboratorio Critico, (2) 2012.
  • “Cronaca del Monastero delle Clarisse di Perugia.” Brill Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle (forthcoming).
  • “Ricordanze del Monastero di Santa Lucia in Foligno (1424 – 1786).” Brill Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle (forthcoming).

Jin Chang
Previous College / University attended: New York University, New School
Areas of Concentration: 18th and 19th century English novel; 19th century European realist fiction; 19th century Russian novel; narratology
Degree awarded: M.A., B.A.
Languages and Literatures: Korean, Russian

James Curly-Egan
Areas of Concentration: psychoanalysis; logic; structuralism
Languages and Literatures: French, Spanish

Rosemary Demos
Areas of Concentration: genre studies; narratology; romanticism; victorian literature; personal religious narrative
Languages and Literatures: English, Italian, French

Daniela D'Eugenio
Areas of Concentration: medieval and early modern literature; history of Italian language; dialectology; textual philology; paleography
Languages and Literatures: English, Italian, Spanish, Latin
Country of origin: Italy

Laura Di Bianco
Areas of Concentration: Italian cinema; 20th and 21st century literature; women and gender studies
Languages and Literatures: Italian, English, Spanish, Russian

Laura Rita Feola (Visco)
Previous College / University attended: University of Rome, La Sapienza
Areas of Concentration: 20th and 21st century Italian literature and poetry, women studies, literature and religion
Languages and Literatures: Italian, German, French
Country of origin: Italy
  • Review of Maria Famà, Mystics in the Family, Forum Italicum, Fall 2014
  • Review of Monica Bisi, Poetica della metamorfosi e poetica della conversione: scelte formali e modelli del divenire nella letteratura. Forum Italicum, Spring 2014.

Julia Heim
Areas of Concentration: political, social, and gender dissent through film; divismo; neorealismo; mafia studies
Languages and Literatures: Italian

Yu-Yun Hsieh
Areas of Concentration: American Literature, Film Studies, American Studies, literary theory and criticism, adaptation, translation
Languages and Literatures: Chinese, English, French
Country of origin: Taiwan

“The Matter of Forking Consequences: Translating Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince” World Literature Today Blog, January 31, 2017.

““Performing David Bowie: Grotesque Figurations from Performance to Only Lovers Left Alive” (“飾演・大衛鮑伊:從《迷幻演出》到《噬血戀人》的詭態外來生物”). Fa: Film Appreciation Journal, Vol. 34 No. 3-4 (July-December, 2016), pp. 4-9.  Print.                    
“Man of Outlying Islands: On Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima” (“離島的人:克林伊斯威特的硫磺島二部曲”).  Fa: Film Appreciation Journal.  Vol. 33, No. 3 (Fall 2015), pp. 17-19. Print.       

“Eileen Chang’s Changes: from Love in Redland to Naked EarthOpen Letters Monthly, August 1, 2015.
“324: Dispatches from Taipei.” n+1 online, March 27, 2014.
Book Translation:

Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 (Unitas Publishing, 2014).《第四十九號拍賣物》(聯合文學出版社 , 2014).

Nataliya Karageorgos
Areas of Concentration: interactions in 20th century Russian and Anglo-American literature, especially Joseph Brodsky's poetry; modernism and postmodernism; translation studies
Languages and Literatures: English, Russian, French

Charlotte (Latham) Kent
Areas of Concentration: aesthetics; artwriting; ekphrasis; Enlightenment and Modernism; museum studies; narrative and reader response theory; theories of the imagination; phenomenology; Proust; 21st Century Anglo-American
Languages and Literatures: French, Italian, Ancient Greek
  • “Remapping the Viewer’s Experience with Alighiero e Boetti’s Mappa del Mondo.” English Language Notes (52.1) Spring/Summer 2014. 197-206.
  • “Ways of Seeing Williams’ “Pictures from Brueghel.” William Carlos Williams and the Visual Arts. Ed. Paul Cappucci and Daniel Morris. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, forthcoming 2015.
  • “Surveying and Being Surveyed: Gendered Insights in John Berger’s Ways of Seeing.” Essays on John Berger. Ed. Ralf Hertel and David Malcolm. Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, October 2014.
  • “Displaced Knowledge: The Language of Borders in the Surrealist Leonora Carrington’s Down Below.” Displaced Women: Narratives of Migration in Europe. Ed. Lucia Aiello, Joy Charnley, and Mariangela Palladino. United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, April 2014. 133-148.
  • “Matthea Harvey” and “Brenda Shaughnessy.” Dictionary of Literary Biography 374: Twenty-First-Century American Poets, Vol. 2. Ed. John Cusatis. Detroit: Gale Cengage, March 2014. 138-145; 278-286.
  • “The Graduate’s Odyssey.” The College. Summer (2013), 15.

Yael N. Lavender-Smith
Areas of Concentration: early modern comparative literature (English/Hebrew/Latin/Spanish); transformation narratives from antiquity to the 20th century; Shakespeare; Sidney
Languages and Literatures: English, Hebrew (biblical and modern), Latin, Spanish

Basil Lvoff Василий Львов
Previous College / University attended: Lomonosov Moscow State University
Areas of Concentration: Russian and Western literary theory, including Russian Formalism, the Bakhtin Circle, Marshall McLuhan, and Distant Reading; literary evolution; poetics; essayism; documentary film and literature
Languages and Literatures: Russian, English, French, Italian
Country of origin: Russia

“Distant Reading in Russian Formalism and Russian Formalism in Distant Reading.” Russian Literature. Forthcoming.
“Sense and Humor in Russian Formalism. Part II.” International Studies in Humour. Forthcoming.
“The Odyssey of Viktor Shklovsky: Life after Formalism.” In Viktor Shklovsky’s Heritage in Literature, Arts, and Philosophy, edited by Slav N. Gratchev and Howard Mancing, 27–39. New York: Lexington Books, 2019.
“Vozvrashchenie formalizma” [The Return of Formalism]. Review of Formal’nyi metod: Antologiia russkogo modernizma, ed. Serguei A. Oushakine. Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 157 (2019): 60–63.
“Viktor Shklovsky and Marshall McLuhan: Beyond Common Sense.” New Zealand Slavonic Journal 49-50 (2015-2016 [2018]): 1–30.
“Sense and Humor in Russian Formalism. Part I.” International Studies in Humour 1 (2017): 53–80.
“Young Eikhenbaum” [Molodoi Eikhenbaum]. Voprosy Literatury 6 (2016): 48–65.

“When Theory Entered the Market: The Russian Formalists’ Non-Marxian Approach to Mass Culture.” Ulbandus Review, Vol. 17, A Culture of Institutions / Institutions of Culture (2016): 65–85.

“Young Eikhenbaum” [Molodoi Eikhenbaum]. Voprosy Literatury 6 (2016): 48–65.

“Merry Formalism” [Veselyi formalizm]. Homo Legens 4 (2015): 154–163.

“Viktor Shklovsky’s Petersburg: Magazine as a Feuilleton” [“Peterburg” V. Shklovskogo: Zhurnal kak fel’eton]. Mediaalmanac 5 (2014): 74–83.

“Andrei Bely and Boris Eikhenbaum: ‘Along the Lines of Journal Scholarship’” [Andrei Belyi i Boris Eikhenbaum: Po linii zhurnal’noi nauki]. Mediaalmanac 6 (2013): 128–136.

“By Way of Dispute” [V diskussionnom poriadke]. Voprosy Literatury 2 (2012): 9–29.

“Automatized Defamiliarization: A Critical Essay” [Avtomatizovannoe ostranenie: Kriticheskoe esse]. Zhurnalistika i kul’tura russkoi rechi 1 (2013): 58–65.
“Canon Formation in its Relation to Strangeness: Russian Formalism and Harold Bloom” [Literaturnyi kanon i poniatie strannosti: Russkii formalizm i Kherold Blum]. Zhurnalistika i kul’tura russkoi rechi 2 (2012): 86–103.
“Defamiliarization in Prose and Creative Journalism” [Ostranenie v proze i publitsistike]. Zhurnalistika i kul’tura russkoi rechi 3 (2011): 47–53.

“The Concept of Defamiliarization in the Works of Viktor Shklovsky” [Poniatie ostraneniia u V.B. Shklovskogo]. Zhurnalistika i kul’tura russkoi rechi 2 (2009): 22–32.
“Poetry of John Donne and Joseph Brodsky: A Survey” [Poeziia Dzhona Donna i Iosifa Brodskogo: Kratkii Obzor]. Zhurnalistika i kul’tura russkoi rechi 4 (2009): 27–38.

“Hyperinflation of the Word” [Giperinfliatsiia slova]. Zhurnalistika i kul’tura russkoi rechi 3 (2008): 34–40. (An article on the language of Soviet newspapers of Stalin’s era.)

“A Conceptual Analysis of the Notion of Patriotism in the Essays of Leo Tolstoy” [Kontseptual’nyi analiz poniatiia patriotizm v publitsistike L.N. Tolstogo]. Zhurnalistika i kul’tura russkoi rechi 3 (2007): 24–32.
“The Sins of Art” [Grekhi iskusstva]. Zvezda 12 (2019). (“The Sins of Art” is a collection of theoretical essays on reading, particularly Russian classical authors inducing Leo Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky.)
“Life and Me” [Byt i ia]. Novy Zhurnal / The New Review 295 (2019): 195-198. (A collection of poems.)
“Meanwhile, the Horses Flock Migrating Southward” [A loshadi sletaiutsia na iug]. Novy mir 11 (2018): 26-31. (A multilingual collection of poems.)
“Pun-Theism.” Gastarbajter. Slavic Diaspora Magazine 2 (2020). Forthcoming. (A multilingual collection of poems and essays.)
“The Invisible Hand of the Artist.” Gastarbajter. Slavic Diaspora Magazine 1 (2019): 19-24. (A bilingual collection of essays and poems.)
“‘Kuda zh nam plyt’?’ A Civic Elegy, or an Oration upon Putin’s Return of Crimea.” Syndic Literary Journal 21 (2019).
“On Laughter’s Liberty and Tears’ Tenor.” Subterranean Deliriums – Literatura Sin Fronteras. Winter 2018.
Translations of Lydia Chukovskaya, Velimir Khlebnikov, and others. National Translation Month (2020). Forthcoming.
“Past Starshine, Star Signs, Planets: 4 Russian Poets Translated by Basil Lvoff.” National Translation Month (2019). (Translations of the poems by Evgeny Baratynsky, Fedor Tyutchev, Osip Mandelstam, and Marina Tsevataeva.)
“Five Memorable Russian Poems.” National Translation Month (2017). (Translations of the poems by Robert Rozhdestvensky, Konstantin Balmont, Afanasy Fet, Fedor Tyutchev, and Ivan Turgenev.)
Brodsky, Joseph. “For School-Age Children.” Trans. Basil Lvov. Inventory 5 (2015): 4–5.

Bradford A. Masoni
Languages and Literatures: English, Italian
  • “In the Shadow of the Mammoth: Italo Svevo and the Emergence of Modernism by Giuliana Minghelli (book review).” Journal of Modern Italian Studies. Vol. 8, No. 8. Winter 2003.
  • “Experimental Fictions: From Emile Zola’s Naturalism to Giovanni Verga’s Verism by Tullio Pagano (book review).” Forum Italicum. Vol. 35, No. 2. Fall 2001. 581-583.
  • “Italian Fiction at the Beginning of Modernism: Giovanni Verga, Ernst Mach and Positivism.” theory@buffalo. Vol. 6, “Untimely Meditations: 100 Years After Nietzsche.” Fall 2001. 109-130.

Erika Mazzer
Previous College / University attended: Universita' degli Studi di Padova, New York University
Areas of Concentration: Renaissance Studies, Cultural History, Italian Literature, Heresy, Magic
Languages and Literatures: Italian, English, German , French

Krystyna Michael
Areas of Concentration: romantic, 19th and 20th century literature (American, German, Polish); theories of anxiety; the aestheticization of urban landscape; intersections of philosophy; literature and history
Languages and Literatures: German, Polish

Maria-Cristina Necula
Previous College / University attended: Lehman College, SUNY-Purchase, Univ. Paris IV Paris-Sorbonne
Degree awarded: M.A., B.A.
Languages and Literatures: Romanian, French, Italian, Spanish, German
Country of origin: Romania

Santiago Parga Linares
Areas of Concentration: Italian novel of the twentieth century; Colombian novel; Cinema and adaptation studies; New Media: Comics, graphic novel and videogames; Proust.
Languages and Literatures: Spanish, English, Italian, French
Country of origin: Colombia

Jeffrey Peer
Previous College / University attended: Bennington College
Areas of Concentration: : Latin American Literature, Mexican Studies, Journalism Studies, Novel Studies
Languages and Literatures: Spanish, French
Country of origin: USA
  • “They Won't Take Me Alive: Feminist Histories and Literary Journalism in El Salvador.” Displaced: Migration, Indigeneity, and Trauma. Ed. Kate Rose. Routledge, 2020. 
  • “Hot Spinsters: Revisiting Barbara Pym’s Virtuous Style.” Journal of Modern Literature, 2021.                  
  • “The El Faro Generation: Salvadoran Crónica and Central American History.” Routledge Companion to World Literary Journalism. Eds. John Bak and William Reynolds. Routledge, 2022.

Mike Phillips
Previous College / University attended: NYU, B.A., Comp. Lit.
Areas of Concentration: Transnational Cinema, Global Media Cultures, Film Genres, Historical Fiction & Film
Languages and Literatures: German, Portuguese, Spanish
Country of origin: USA
  • “‘Rated R Because it’s Real’: Wattstax, Black Capitalism, and Discourses of Authenticity,” in Documenting the Black Experience: Essays on African American History, Culture and Identity in Nonfiction Films. Novotny Lawrence, ed. McFarland Press, 2014.
  • (See also CV for book reviews.)

Stefania Porcelli
Areas of Concentration: literature of the Second World War; Italian Resistance; literature and propaganda; Elsa Morante; Elizabeth Bowen
Languages and Literatures: Italian, English, German, Latin
  • Between British Commitment and Irish Neutrality: Elizabeth Bowen’s Wavering Attitude towards WWII Propaganda,” in Managing Democracy: Propaganda and the Rhetorical Production of Economic and Political Realities, ed. by Gae Lyn Henderson and Mary J. Braun, forthcoming.
  • Lo scandalo della Storia e il romanzo storico: Elsa Morante,in Asimmetrie Letterarie, ed. Donatella Montini, Rome, Edizioni Nuova Cultura, 2013, pp. 103-131.       
  • City of Ghosts: Elizabeth Bowen’s Wartime Stories,in The Ghostly and the Ghosted in Literature and Film: Spectral Identities, ed. by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson, Newark, University of Delaware Press, 2013, pp. 15-28.
  • In the Shadow of the Holocaust: Art Spiegelman’s Representation of Trauma in the Comic-Book Form, in Translating America: The Circulation of Narratives, Commodities, and Ideas between Italy, Europe, and the United States, ed. by Marina Camboni et al., Bern, Peter Lang, 2011, pp. 119-216.
  • Una civiltà della parola: il discorso nonviolento di Hannah Arendt, in I discorsi del potere. Comunicazione politica e strategie linguistiche, ed. by Donatella Montini, Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino, 2010, pp. 151-166.
  • Territori di guerra: Elizabeth Bowen, Christa Wolf, in Fictions. Studi sulla narratività, 6 (2008): 51-60.
  • Language and Violence: Hannah Arendt and the American Sixties,Research Group on the Languages of War and Violence, Bergamo University, available at (2007).

Tom Ribitzky
Areas of Concentration: Shakespeare; British romanticism; 19th century German philosophy; British, German, and French modernism; melancholia
Languages and Literatures: English, German, French
Country of origin: Israel

Antoine Rideau
Areas of Concentration: migrant and sexual identities in literature; 19th and 20th century French and Spanish poetry and theatre; translation and bilingualism
Languages and Literatures: English, French, Spanish

Luisanna Sardu Castangia
Areas of Concentration: Women and Gender studies; languages and linguistics; Spanish studies; Renaissance studies
Languages and Literatures: Italian, Spanish, English, German

Johnna Scrabis
Areas of Concentration: morality and ethics; animal studies; language in theatre
Languages and Literatures: Spanish, Portuguese

Jane Shmidt
Areas of Concentration: 18th and 19th century British and Russian Literature, Lovesickness in Literary and Medical tradition, Medical History of the Passions, History of the Duel, Fantastic Genre, Psychoanalysis, Formalism.
Languages and Literatures: English, Russian, Spanish

Michael Skafidas
Languages and Literatures: Greek, English, French, German, Ancient Greek

Claire Sommers
Previous College / University attended: New York University (Gallatin School of Individualized Study and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)
Areas of Concentration: Greek and Latin literatures; English and French Early Modern literatures; ancient and modern literary and critical theory; hybridity; genre theory; philosophy and literature; mimesis
Degree awarded: BA, MA (New York University), MPhil (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Languages and Literatures: English, French, Ancient Greek, Latin, Spanish, Italian
Country of origin: United States
Publications: “School of Shadows: The Return to Plato's Cave.” Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics, Vol. 25, No. 3, Winter 2018, pp. 131-46.

Agata (Kasprzyk) Szczodrak
Previous College / University attended: University of Silesia, Poland
Areas of Concentration: language ideologies, multilingualism, linguistics, translation, 20th-century German literature, German philosophy and history, Theodor Adorno, and W.G. Sebald.
Degree awarded: Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (The Graduate Center) and M.A. in German Philology (University of Silesia).
Languages and Literatures: Polish, German, and English.
  • with The Eaton Group (Nick Block, Edward Dawson, David Gramling, Ivett Guntersdorfer, David Johnson, Jan Kühne, Karin Maxey, Marc Pierce, Lindsay Preseau, Diane Richardson, and Agata Szczodrak). “A Multilingual Turn in German Studies: Premises, Provisos, and Prospects.” Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German
  • “The Space of Alterity: Language and National Identity in Theodor Adorno and W.G. Sebald” (2017). CUNY Academic Works.

Lisa Tagliaferri
Previous College / University attended: MSc, Queen Mary, University of London; MA, Binghamton University; BA, Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College
Areas of Concentration: Renaissance studies, hagiography, mysticism, digital humanities
Languages and Literatures: Italian, Latin, French
Country of origin: USA
  • "Mi fanno male i capellis: Paranoia and Pain in Antonioni's Red Desert." The International Journal of Literature and Psychology, (forthcoming).
  • "Aspetterà: Anna and Claudia, L'avventura and the Neutral.The Quint: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 6.2 (2014).

Julia Titus
Areas of Concentration: 19th century Russian and French literature, specifically Dostoevsky, Balzac, and Hugo; language and literature; myth of the city; Russian theatre
Languages and Literatures: Russian, French, Italian

Matvei Yankelevich
Areas of Concentration: literary theory; metaphor; surrealism; 20th century poetry; translation; visual culture and theatre; theories of Avant-Garde

Victor Xavier Zarour Zarzar
Areas of Concentration: Elena Ferrante, theory of the novel, the English 19th century novel
Languages and Literatures: Spanish, English, Italian, French
Country of origin: Mexico
Publications: "Authoring Desire: Great Expectations and the Bildungsroman." Dickens Quarterly, vol. 36 no. 4, 2019, p. 347-361. Project MUSE

"Bumping into the Novelistic Scaffolding: Narrative Structure in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels," Contemporary Women's Writing, vpz016,

 “The Grammar of Abandonment in I giorni dell’abbandono.” Modern Language Notes 135, 2020 (forthcoming).

Review of Nancy K. Miller's My Brilliant Friends. Contemporary Women's Writing, March 2019.

“A Strange Geometry: On the Poetry of Moira Egan.” NeMLA Italian Studies XL, 2019.

Review of Lisa Mullenneaux’s Naples' Little Women. gender/sexuality/italy 5, 2018. 
"Language in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels.” American Association of Teachers of Italian Online Working Papers, 2016.
“Fabricating Stories.” Arcade: A digital salon of Stanford University, 2016.

“Do Not Touch Me” and “A Homely Odyssey.” Anamesa: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Spring 2016.

Nicole Zeftel
Areas of Concentration: nineteenth-century American literature, popular culture, and psychology; psychoanalysis; affect theory; nineteenth-century social relations and working-class cultures
Languages and Literatures: Spanish, German