Adriana Guarro is a PhD student and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Italian at UCLA. Her research interests primarily include Renaissance studies, early modern and modern Italian women writers, gender studies, feminist theory, the epistolary genre, the epic, and lyric poetry. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Italian Literature and Language from New York University with a M.A. thesis that focused on the theme of self-promotion in the letters two Renaissance courtesans, Veronica Franco and Camilla Pisana.
At UCLA, Adriana is currently working on her dissertation, which examines the representation of female friendship in Renaissance Italian texts. She has a publication in The Journal of Italian Translation and a forthcoming article on Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels. Additionally, she co-organized UCLA’s 2016 graduate student conference, Italia e i documentari: Italy and Documentaries.