UVA Italian Faculty

The considerations which have governed the specification of languages to be taught by the professor of modern languages were, that the French is the language of general intercourse among nations, and as a depository of human science, is unsurpassed by any other language, living or dead; that the Spanish is highly interesting to us, as the language spoken by so great a portion of the inhabitants of our colony also in which is written the greater part of the earlier history of America. The Italian abounds with works of very superior order, valuable for their matter, and still more distinguished as models of the finest taste in style and composition.

Thomas Jefferson


Enrico Cesaretti
Assistant Professor of Italian. Ph.D., Yale 1997. Articles on 19th and 20th century Italian literature. Areas of interest: Renaissance Studies, Italian cinema, Cultural Studies, Scapigliatura, Surrealism, Avant-garde movements.

Cristina Della Coletta Associate Professor of Italian. Ph.D., UCLA, 1993. Plotting the Past: Metamorphoses of Historical Narrative in Modern Italian Fiction; articles on 19th and 20th century Italian literature, Vassalli, Pasinetti, Calvino, Lampedusa, Morante, Capuana, Dante.

See also: http://www.people.virginia.edu/~cd4y/

Deborah Parker Professor of Italian, Graduate Adviser and Teaching Assistant Coordinator for Italian. Ph.D., Harvard, 1985. Books and multi-media projects: Commentary and Ideology: Dante in the Renaissance; Bronzino: Renaissance Painter as Poet; The World of Dante: A Hypermedia Environment for the Study of the Inferno. Articles on Dante, Bronzino, Renaissance commentary, printing, and Eco. Special interests include artistic and literary interrelations in the Renaissance, Renaissance editorial practices, Medicean Florence, Petrarchism, and the use of computer technology in the study of the humanities.

See also: http://www.iath.virginia.edu/~dwp7k/

Adrienne Ward Assistant Professor of Italian. Ph.D., Wisconsin, 1998. Articles on Goldoni and 18th-century Italian theater. Specialization in Italian literature and culture of the Seicento and Settecento. Special interests include travel and ethnographic narrative, Italian theater and opera, 18th-century popular fiction, the role of women in early modern literary and artistic spheres, cultural developments in 18th-century Venice.

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