Cindy Stanphill is a Candidate in Philosophy in the Department of Italian at UCLA. She is currently working on her dissertation, The Rise of the Novel in Venice: Carlo Gozzi, Pietro Chiari, Antonio Piazza. She is a Cota-Robles scholar and was recently awarded the Cecchetti Graduate Student award for outstanding work as a graduate student in 2011-12. Her work focuses on the development of prose narrative in the Cinquecento and the rise of novel in Settecento Venice, including research on the following prominent themes: female sexuality, prostitution, and the use of the female voice by male and female authors. She has presented in many national and international conferences including at The International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), and at the University of York. Her co-authored article with Professor Donato, “The Translation of the British Novel in Venice: Pietro Chiari and Carlo Gozzi,” will be published by Cambridge Scholars in Fall 2013.
She is also currently involved in the NEH program developing an Italian for Spanish speakers language program at CSULB, which seeks to integrate certain inter-language principles from current Intercomprehension methods practiced in many areas in Western Europe, with the American communicative model.