Ph.D. with 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:

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

  • Emily Braun, Art History
    Modern Italian Art and Fascist Culture, Renaissance Architecture
  • Sandi Cooper, History
    Peace Movements, Women's History
  • Mary Gibson, History
    Modern Italy, European Women's History
  • 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
  • Romy Golan, Art History
    20th Italian art in its European context

Director of the Italian Specialization

Paolo Fasoli                                             
Room 4114.01