Federica Di Blasio is a second-year Ph.D. student who specializes in Modern and Contemporary Literature, and Cinema. She is primarily interested in exploring the role of landscape, place, and mobility in representations of individual and collective subjectivities, aiming at mapping Italian culture in relation to both the globalized space, and its geographical specificity as a “place” between Europe and the Mediterranean. Her analysis of literary and cinematic narratives of migration includes works such as Fuocoammare by Gianfranco Rosi.
Federica is also interested in critical theory and participates in the Critical and Experimental Theory Program at UCLA. She has been reflecting upon biopolitics; the relationship between ethics and ontology; and aesthetics and politics. In 2015 she earned a M.A. degree in Comparative and World Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before moving to the US, she studied modern and contemporary literature at the University of Bologna in Italy, as well as at the University of Tours, in France. Her prior research centered on wordplay and translation in La Disparition by Georges Perec.