Lucia Re

Professor Lucia Re


Professor Lucia Re earned her B.A. in English at Smith College and her laurea in Languages and Literatures at the University of Rome. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University. She also studied Spanish and Latin-American literature at the University of Puerto Rico. Her translation into Italian of Borges: A Literary Biography by Emìr Rodriguez Monegal received the 1982 Comisso Prize. Professor Re's book Calvino and the Age of Neorealism: Fables of Estrangement (Stanford 1990) was awarded the MLA Marraro prize for the best book in Italian studies in 1990-92. She has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and a Getty Senior Research Grant. She was appointed by the President of the University of California to be Director of the Education Abroad Program in Italy for 1994-96. Professor Re specializes in 19th and 20th-century Italian literature and culture, with emphasis on the fin-de-siècle, modernism and the avant-garde, and the cultural history of Italy under fascism and during the Reconstruction. Her current research and scholarly interests include the relationship between futurism, fascism, colonialism and feminism, gender issues in 19th-century and 20th century literature and art, and comparative theories of modernism and gender, with an emphasis on women writers and contemporary Italian feminist thought. She has recently completed a book entitled Women and the Avant-Garde. Her many essays on the experimental poet Amelia Rosselli (1930-1996) include “Amelia Rosselli and the Aesthetics of Experimental Music,” in Galleria. Rassegna quadrimestrale di cultura XXXXVIII, 1/2 (January-August 1997) : 35-46 (special issue devoted to Amelia Rosselli, edited by Emmanuela Tandello and Daniela Attanasio) and “Poetry and Madness,” in Shearsmen of Sorts: Italian Poetry 1975-1993, ed. Luigi Ballerini, special issue of Forum Italicum (1992) : 132-152. Her translation into English (with Paul Vangelisti) of Amelia Rosselli's first book of poems, War Variations (1964) was published in 2005, in a bilingual edition with her critical introduction and notes (Copenhagen and Los Angeles: Green Integer; www.greeninteger.com). This edition includes an appendix with the translation into English of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1964 essay on Rosselli. For their work on War Variations, Lucia Re and Paul Vangelisti were awarded the 2006 Flaiano prize for literary translation, and the 2006 PEN USA translation prize. Professor Re’s recent publications include the essays “The Salon and Literary Modernism: Proust, Wilde, Stein.” In Jewish Women and Their Salons. The Power of Conversation, ed. Emily Bilski and Emily Braun (New York: The Jewish Museum--New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005): 171-193; 245-248, and “Women and Censorship in Fascist Italy: from Mura to Masino,” in Culture, Censorship and the State in Twentieth-Century Italy, eds. Guido Bonsaver and Robert Gordon (Oxford: Legenda, 2005): 64-75. The volume Il cibo e le donne nella cultura e nella storia: prospettive interdisciplinari, co-edited and with a critical introduction by Professor Re written with Professor Giuseppina Muzzarelli of the University of Bologna, was published in 2005 (Bologna: CLUEB). The volume is a collection of new interdisciplinary essays on women and food in Western culture, literature and art from the Middle Ages to today, and includes Prof. Re’s “Fame, cibo e antifascismo nella Massaia di Paola Masino.”

Selected Publications

Calvino e l'enigma della fotografia.” From Italo Calvino y la cultura de Italia, ed. Franca Bizzoni, Mariapia Lamberti (Ciudad de México: Catédra Extraordinaria Italo Calvino, 2007): 115-128.

Amelia Rosselli: poesia e guerra.” Carte Italiane 3 (2007) 71-104

The Salon and Literary Modernism: Proust, Wilde, Stein.” From Jewish Women and Their Salons. The Power of Conversation, ed. Emily Bilski and Emily Braun (New York: The Jewish Museum--New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005): 171-193; 245-248

Impure Abstraction: Benedetta as Visual Artist and Novelist.”
Exhibition Catalogue, La Futurista: Benedetta Cappa Marinetti, ed. Lisa Panzera. Philadelphia, Moore College of Art and Design, 1998.

(De)Constructing the Canon: The Agon of the Anthologies on the Scene of Modern Italian Poetry..”
The Modern Language Review 87, 3 (1992): 585-602.

“Gabriele D’Annunzio’s Theater of Memory: Il Vittoriale degli italiani.”
The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts 3 (Winter 1987)
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Gabriele D’Annunzio’s Novel Le Vergini delle Rocce: ‘Una cosa naturale vista in un grande specchio.’”
Stanford Italian Review III, 2 (1983)

Italy around 1968
"Italy around 1968" graduate seminar, Spring 2007. From left to right, Claire Lavagnino, Aniello Di Iorio, Dominic Siracusa, Sarah Carey, Mihaela Petras, Lucia Re, Brendan Hennessey, Carmen Gomez, Melina Madrigal, Staisey Divorsky, Scott Rose.

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