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Italian Specialization


Italian Specialization

The Ph. D. Program in Comparative Literature expanded and formalized its Italian Doctoral Specialization in 1995. Since then, students have been able to follow a course of study that enables them to develop specific competence in all periods of Italian literature and in Italian linguistics. At the same time, the Italian Doctoral Specialization stresses the importance of a comparative basis of inquiry and analysis. Graduates of this program are trained to study and teach Italian within an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective. They are also trained to master traditional and contemporary theory and critical methods as well as to acquire a thorough knowledge of rhetorical conventions that transcend national cultures.

Trained under the careful supervision of senior colleagues in the CUNY college system, students will teach Italian at elementary and intermediate levels. Graduates will thus be thoroughly equipped to meet the demands of today's academic market and to further the study of the Italian language and literature in North America. The Italian Doctoral Specialization faculty includes:

Monica Calabritto (Early modern Italian, English and French literature; Emblem Studies; history of medicine),
Clare Carroll (Renaissance Literature),
Paolo Fasoli (16th and 17th century Italian Literature),
Hermann Haller (Italian linguistics and dialectology),
Giancarlo Lombardi (19th and 20th century Italian, French, English, and American Literature; Film and Literary Theory; Cultural Studies; Gender Studies),
Eugenia Paulicelli (Italian Literature and the visual arts; Gender Studies; Cultural Studies).

Italian specialization of faculty in other Graduate Center Ph.D. programs include:

Emily Braun, Art History (Modern Italian Art and Fascist Culture, Renaissance Architecture)
Ruth Deford, Musicology (Italian secular vocal music and music theory of the sixteenth century)
Sandy Cooper, History (Peace Movements, Women's History)
Mary Gibson, History (Modern Italy, European Women's History)
Margaret King, History (Italian Renaissance, the classical tradition; women and learning 1300-1800)
Michael Mallory, Art History (Italian Renaissance Art)
Antonella Pelizzari, Art History (19th and 20th century Italian photography)
James Saslow, Art History (Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture)

Monica Calabritto

Director, Doctoral Specialization in Italian
Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 100164309

Phone: (212) 817-8166