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Eugenia Paulicelli
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Queens College
Room Number: 4116.11
Office Hours: By appointment
Research Interests: Italian Literature, Culture and Film, Critical Theory, Fashion History and Theory, Gender and Women's Studies

Research Interests

Eugenia Paulicelli is Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, a member of the faculty in the Certificate Program in Women's Studies and of the Master in Liberal Studies (MALS) at the Graduate Center. She co-founded and directs the PhD interdisciplinary concentration and the track in Fashion in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, both at the Graduate Center. She holds a Laurea in Foreign Languages and Literatures, with a specialization in English and Literary Semiotics, awarded by the University of Bari, Italy; and a PhD in Italian, with a minor in French, awarded by the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The major areas of her research are critical theory, Italian literature and cinema, fashion and modernity, gloabalization and indentity, gender and women's histories. In particular, she has studied the impact visual culture and new technologies have had on the word/image relationship and on perception and cognition of the world, on language, writing and memory. Gender and how it has transformed knowledge of the past and understanding of reality, whether literary writing or systems of signification such as fashion, is central to her research. These interests have taken to form of scholarly publications in various areas: the debate among the disciplines in Renaissance Italy; writing fashion and issues of politics, style and behavior; dress and identity in social, political and geographical spaces in the past and in the present; the study of Italian writers who were fascinated with or drew inspiration from art and visual culture; the cultural politics of fascism and the use it made of fashion, style and the media; fashion and its implications with processes of modernization, architecture and urban tansformations, as well as studies focusing on literature, history and the craft of writing. She has curated and co-curated exhibitions "The Fabric of Cultures. Fashion, Identity, Globalization" held at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College in the spring of 2006 and at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco in spring 2008; and "Fashion + Film: The 1960s Revisited" held at the James Gallery at the CUNY Graduate Center in spring 2010. She has lectured in US, Europe and Asia; has been Guest Professor at The University of Stockholm in the PhD program of "Fashion Studies;" and awarded the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship at the University of Bristol (UK) in spring 2013.
Courses Taught
  • Narratives of Waiting
  • Clothing Cultures in Early Modern Italy and England
  • Fashion Film: The Cultures of Fashion
  • Writing Lives/Framing Life
  • The Fabric of Cultures: Fashion, Identity, Globalization
  • Fashion, Power and Space
  • Codes and Code Breaking in Italian Renaissance Culture
  • Fashioning the Self in Social and Cultural Spaces
  • Technologies of the Self: Sexuality and Gender in Historical Perspective
  • Inventing Italy: Narratives of Nationhood, Identity, Otherness
  • Fashion Narratives. Gender, Hegemony and Identity
  • Fashion: Gender, Power, Consumerism
  • Other Voices: History and Ethics in Italian Literature
Select List of Publications (Recent and Forthcoming)
Writing Fashion in Early Modern Italy. From Sprezzatura to Satire, Ashgate: 2014, forthcoming
Italian Style. Fashion and Film 1914 to the Present, Bloomsbury Academics: 2015 forthcoming
1960. Un anno in Italia. Costume, Cinema, Moda e Cultura, Cesena: Il Ponte Vecchio, 2010 (co-ed. with Antonio Maraldi)
The Fabric of Cultures. Fashion, Identity, Globalization, London and New York: Routledge, 2008 (co-ed. with Hazel Clark)
Moda e Moderno. Dal Medioevo al Rinascimento (Fashion and Modernity from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance), Rome: Meltemi, 2006 (ed.)
Fashion under Fascism. Beyond the Black Shirt, Oxford & New York: Berg, 2004
Parola e immagine. Sentieri della scrittura in Leonardo, Marino, Foscolo, Calvino, Florence: Edizioni Cadmo, 1996
Dimore (Poems), Ragusa: Libro Italiano, 1996
Lo spreco dei significanti: L’Eros, la morte, la scrittura, Bari: Adriatica, 1983 (Co-author with Augusto Ponzio and Mariagrazia Tundo)
Journals (Guest editor and Co-editor)
WSQ (Women’s Studies Quarterly), special issue dedicated to Fashion, CUNY Feminist Press, June 2013: CUNY Press (co-ed. with Elizabeth Wissinger)
Journal of Modern Italian Studies, special issue dedicated to Italian Fashion: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (2014: forthcoming) (ed.)
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