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Lucia Re

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Lucia Re (Ph. D in Comparative Literature, Yale University) is Professor of Italian with an appointment also in the UCLA Department of Gender Studies. Her principal fields of study and teaching are modern and contemporary literature and culture. Her interests include poetry and the novel, women writers and artists, feminist theory, futurism and the avant-garde, Italy and the Mediterranean, race studies, and literary translation. Her book Calvino and the Age of Neorealism won the 1992 Marraro Prize of the Modern Language Association. For the edition of Amelia Rosselli’s volume of poetry, War Variations (translated with Paul Vangelisti), she was awarded the 2006 PEN USA literary translation award, as well as the Flaiano Prize for International Italian Studies. A new edition of War Variations was published in 2016 (Otis Books), with a new critical introduction (“Amelia Rosselli: A Life in Poetry”). Prof. Re has published more than eighty scholarly articles and essays on authors ranging from Gabriele d’Annunzio to Anna Maria Ortese. She recently completed a scholarly essay for the monograph on contemporary artist Marisa Merz published by the Hammer Museum and the New York Metropolitan Museum in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition (curated by Connie Butler): Marisa Merz: the Sky is a Great Space. Her essay’s title is: “The Mark on the Wall: Marisa Merz and a History of Women in Postwar Italy.” She is currently working on a scholarly article entitled “Immigrant Writing and the Power of Fear,” about the novels of the Algerian-Italian author Amara Lakhous.

Courses Taught

IT 120 | Modern and Contemporary Literature

IT 122 | Italian Theater

IT 124 | Food and Literature in Italy

IT 123 | Modern Italian Cultural Studies

IT 152 | Italy between Europe and Africa

IT M158 | Women, Gender and Sexuality in Italian Culture (same as Gender Studies M158)

IT 220 | Studies in Turn-of-the-Century Literature

IT 221A-221E | Studies in 20th-Century Literature

IT 221C | 20th-Century Narrative to World War II

IT 258A-258B | Seminars: Contemporary Italian Literature

IT 260B | Women in Italian Culture

Books

  • Calvino and the Age of Neorealism book cover
    Calvino and the Age of Neorealism
    Stanford University Press, 1990
  • War Variations (Variazioni Belliche) book cover
    War Variations (Variazioni Belliche)
    Green Integer Press, 2005
  • Italy in the Mediterranean book cover
    Italy in the Mediterranean
    California Italian Studies Journal, 2010

Articles

“Women, Sexuality, Politics, and the Body in the Futurist Avant-Garde during the Great War.” Book chapter in The Avant-garde Body in Spain and Italy, ed. Maria Truglio and Nicolás Fernández-Medina (New York: Routledge Studies in Comparative Literature, 2016), pp 174-209.

“Polifonia e dialogismo nei romanzi di epoca fascista: censura, autocensura e resistenza” 
Paola Masino, ed. Beatrice Manetti (Milano: Mondadori, Scrittrici e intellettuali del ‘900, 2016), pp. 163-175.

“Mater-Materia: Maternal Power and the Futurist Avant-Garde.” Chapter in The Great Mother. Women, Maternity, and Power in Art and Visual Culture, 1900-2015, volume edited and exhibition curated by Massimiliano Gioni (Milan: Skira, 2015), pp. 48-73.

“Women at War: Eva Kühn Amendola (Magamal) – Interventionist, Futurist, Fascist.” Theme Volume on World War One and the Modernist Imagination, ed. Luca Somigli and Simona Storchi Annali d’Italianistica 33 (2015): 275-306.

“Enif Robert, F. T. Marinetti e il romanzo Un ventre di donna: bisessualità, trauma e mito dell’isteria.”California Italian Studies 5.1 (2105): 1-43.

“Eleonora Duse and Women: Performing Desire, Power, and Knowledge.” Italian Studies 70.3 (2015): 347-363.

“ ‘Clouds in Front of my Eyes’: Ortese’s Poetics of the Gaze in ‘Un paio di occhiali’ and Il mare non bagna Napoli.” Chapter in the edited volume Celestial Geographies: A Critical Mapping of Anna Maria Ortese’s Narrative, ed. Flora Ghezzo and Gian Maria Annovi (Toronto University Press, 2015), 35-77.

“Melina morde la mela: il linguaggio affamato di Amelia Rosselli.” In “Quadrati, cantoni, cantonate: Topografie poetiche di Amelia Rosselli” (Theme issue on Amelia Rosselli), ed. Chiara Carpita and Emmanuela Tandello. Moderna. Semestrale di teoria e critica della letteratura XV. 2 (2013; published 2015): 43-57.

“Rosa Rosà and the Question of Gender in Wartime Futurism.” Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe, ed. Vivien Greene (New York: Guggenheim Museum Publications, 2014): 184-186 (3 large-format pages, 2,300 words).

“Pasolini vs. Calvino, One More Time: The Debate on the Role of Intellectuals and Postmodernism in Italy Today.” MLN 129 (1) 2014: 99-117.

“Translator Patrick Creagh and the Sound of Italy.” California Italian Studies 4, 1 (2013): 1-2

“Fanalini di coda.” Gruppo 63. Il romanzo sperimentale, Palermo 1965, a cura di Nanni Balestrini: Con il senno di poi. Ed. Andrea Cortellessa (Roma: L’Orma Editore, 2013): 318-324.

Più che l’amore: d’Annunzio’s Bitter Passion and Mediterranean Tragedy.”

Discourse Boundary Creation (Logos Topos Poiesis), ed. Peter Carravetta (New York: Bordighera Press, 2013): 131-147.

“Invisible Sea: Anna Maria Ortese’s Il mare non bagna Napoli.” California Italian Studies 3, 1 (2012): 1-34.

“Barbari civilizzatissimi: Marinetti and the Futurist Myth of Barbarism.” Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 17, 3 (2012): 350-368.

“Rosa Rosà’s Futurist Feminist Novel A Woman with Three Souls: A Critical Introduction.” Italian Futures, ed. Albert Ascoli and Randy Starn, California Italian Studies, vol. 2, 1 (2011): 1-14 (14 pages).

“Italians and the Invention of Race: The Poetics and Politics of Difference in the Struggle over Libya, 1890-1913.” California Italian Studies Journal 1.1 (2010): 1-58.

“Italy in the Mediterranean Today: A New Critical Topography” (co-authored with Claudio Fogu). California Italian Studies Journal, 1.1 (2010): 1-9.

“Language, Gender and Sexuality in the Neoavanguardia.” Neoavanguardia: Italian Experimental Literature and Arts in the 1960s, ed. Paolo Chirumbolo, Mario Moroni, and Luca Somigli (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2010): 171-211.

“Deledda, Duse e la maternità di Cenere.” Chi ha paura di Grazia Deledda? Traduzione Ricezione Comparazione, ed. Monica Farnetti (Roma: Iacobelli, 2010): 162-181.

“‘Effetti di reale’.  Politica e antipolitica degli scrittori da Giovanni Verga a Sibilla Aleramo.”  Gli italiani in guerra vol 2: Le tre Italie: dalla presa di Roma alla Settimana Rossa (1870-1914) ed. Mario Isnenghi and Simon Levis Sullam (Torino: UTET, 2009): 270-285.

“Maria Ginanni vs. F.T. Marinetti: Women, Speed, and War in Futurist Italy.” Annali d’Italianistica, vol. 27 (2009), A Century of Futurism: 1909-2009: 103-124.

“ ‘L’Art du silence’: Eleonora Duse e il cinema muto.” Voci e anime, corpi e scritture. Atti del convegno internazionale su Eleonora Duse, ed. Maria Ida Biggi and Paolo Puppa (Roma: Bulzoni, 2009), 427-444.

“Mina Loy and the Quest for a Futurist Feminist Woman.” Futurist Imperfect–Italian Futurism between Tradition and Modernity, special issue of The European Legacy, vol. 14, n. 7 (December 2009): 799-819.

“Amelia Rosselli e la liberazione del canone.” Semicerchio.  Rivista di poesia comparata, numero XXXVIII (2009): 42-52.

“Nazione e Narrazione: scrittori, politica, sessualità e la ‘formazione’ degli italiani, 1870-1900.” Carte Italiane 2.5 (2009): 1-38.

“A partire da un saggio di Mario Verdone: Benedetta, il viaggio, lo sconfinamento.” Il lettore di provincia, special issue on Mario Verdone edited by Eusebio Ciccotti, XXXIX, 131 (2008): 129-140.

“Painting, Politics and Eroticism in Fausta Cialente’s Egyptian narratives.” Symbolism.  An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics, vol. 8, 2008, special issue on literature and painting, ed. Daniela Carpi, pp. 105-140.

“Futurism, Film, and the Return of the Repressed: Learning from Thaïs.” MLN Italian Issue 123, 1 (2008): 125-150.

“Two Poems by Amelia Rosselli” translated by Lucia Re and Diana Thow, introduction by Lucia Re. Italy 1968. Representations in Italian Culture. Carte Italiane 4 (2008): 317-321.

“Calvino e l’enigma della fotografia,”  in Calvino e l’Italianistica attuale, ed. Franca Bizzoni and Mariapia Lamberti (Mexico City: Catédra Autonoma de Mexico, 2007): 115-128.

“Frammenti di un discorso amoroso: Documento 1966-1973 e la poetica dell’eros in Amelia Rosselli.”  Quaderni del circolo Rosselli, 3 (2007): 53-65.

“Amelia Rosselli: Poesia e Guerra.” Carte Italiane 3 (2007): 71-104.

“Il futurismo tra letteratura, guerra, e cinema: Thaïs di A. G. Bragaglia (1917).” Dalla letteratura al cinema e ritorno.  (Acta Universitatis Plackianae Olumucensis, Facultas Philosophica. Philologica 88) Romanica Olomucensia, XVI, ed. by Alessandro Marini, Jiri Spicka, Lenka Kovácová, University of Olomuc, Czech Republic, 2006: 33-49.

“Fame, cibo e antifascismo nella Massaia di Paola Masino.” In Il cibo e le donne nella cultura e nella storia:  prospettive interdisciplinari, edited  by Giuseppina Muzzarelli and Lucia Re (Bologna: CLUEB, Biblioteca di Scienze umane, 2005): 165-182.

“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 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.

“D’Annunzio, Duse, Wilde, Bernhardt: Author and Actress Between Decadence and Modernity,” in Italian Modernism: Italian Culture Between Decadentism and Avant-Garde ed. Luca Somigli and Mario Moroni (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2004): 86-129.

“Futurism, Seduction, and the Strange Sublimity of War.”  Italian Studies LIX (2004): 83-111.

“Language, Gender and Sexuality in the Italian Neo-Avant-Garde.”  MLN  119 (2004): 135-173.

“Valentine de Saint-Point, Ricciotto Canudo, F. T. Marinetti: Eroticism, Violence and Feminism from Prewar Paris to Colonial Cairo.” Quaderni d’Italianistica 24, 2 (Fall 2003): 37–69.

“Alexandria Revisited: Colonialism in the Egyptian Works of Enrico Pea and Giuseppe Ungaretti.”  A Place in the Sun: Italian Colonial Culture and the Crisis of National Identity, ed. Patrizia Palumbo, University of California Press, 2003: 163-96.

“Diotima’s Dilemmas:  Authorship, Authority, Authoritarianism” in Italian Feminist Theory and Practice: Equality and Sexual Difference, eds. Rebecca West and Graziella Parati, Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2002: 50-74.

“Ariosto and Calvino: The Adventures of a Reader,” in Ariosto Today.  Contemporary Perspectives, ed. by Donald Beecher, Roberto Fedi and Massimo Ciavolella, University of Toronto Press, 2003: 211-233.

“Sphinxes Without Secrets:  Wilde and the Myth of the Actress.”  The Importance of Being Misunderstood: Homage to Oscar Wilde, eds. Giovanna Franci and Giovanna Silvani.  Bologna: Patron, 2003:  63-78.

“Neorealist Narrative:  Experience and Experiment.”  The Cambridge Companion to the Italian Novel, ed. Peter Bondanella and Andrea Ciccarelli.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2003: 104-124.

“D’Annunzio, Duse, Wilde, Bernhardt: il rapporto autore/attrice fra decadentismo e modernità.”  MLN vol. 117, 1 (January 2002): 115-152.

“Passion and Sexual Difference:  The Gendering of Writing in 19th-Century Italian Culture.”  Making and Remaking Italy:  The Cultivation of National Identity around the Risorgimento, eds. Albert Ascoli and Krystina Von Hennenberg.  Oxford: Berg, 2001: 155-200.

“Amorous Distances:  Calvino, Antonioni, and Pavese’s Tra donne sole.”  La donna nel cinema italiano/Women in Italian Cinema, ed. Tonia Riviello (Rome: Edizioni Croce, 2001): 91-115.

“The Poverty of Women’s Poetry: A Genealogy of Silence.” Quaderni di YIP (Yale Italian Poetry, 1 (2001): 125-137.

“Futurism and Fascism, 1914-1945.”  Cambridge History of Women’s Writing in Italy, edited by Letizia Panizza and Sharon Wood.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000: 190-204.

“Calvino e il cinema: la voce, lo sguardo, la distanza.” Quaderni di Italianistica 20, 1-2 (1999): 91-102.   Reprinted in  Italo Calvino Newyorchese, ed. Anna Botta and Domenico Scarpa (Cava dei Tirreni: Avagliano Editore, 2002): 77-91.

“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: 31-46.

“Calvino and the Value of Literature.”  MLN 113 (1998): 121-137.

“Textos literarios y textos arquitectonicos: Las ciudades invisibles de  Italo Calvino.”  Nómada: Creación Teoría Crítica 2, 3 (1997) : 101-108.    Italian translation:  “Testi letterari e testi architettonici:  Le città invisibili di Italo Calvino.”  Cultura della conservazione e istanze del progetto, eds. Francesco Alberti and Sandro Scarrocchia, Florence, Alinea, 1998: 31-40.

“Amelia Rosselli and the Aesthetics of Experimental Music.”  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.

“Feminist Thought in Italy: Sexual Difference and the Question of Authority.” Michigan Romance Studies XVI (1996): 61-86.                        

“Questioni di genere.  Teoria e critica femminista tra Stati Uniti e Italia.”  (On gender theory and gender studies in Italy and in the United States). Intersezioni XVI, 2 (1996): 357-374.                                                                     

“Fascist Theories of ‘Woman’ and The Construction of Gender.”  Mothers of Invention: Women, Italian Fascism, and Culture. Ed. Robin Pickering Iazzi, Minneapolis: U. of Minnesota Press, 1995. 76-99.

“Poetesse italiane contemporanee e teoria del revisionismo mitico.”  I Quaderni del Battello Ebbro 14-16 (1995): 29-32 [Italian version of part of “Mythic Revisionism”].

“Mythic Revisionism: Women Poets and Philosophers in Italy Today.” Quaderni d’Italianistica  14, 1 (Spring 1993): 75-109.                     

“Mythic Revisionism:  Women Poets and Philosophers in Italy Today” in Italian Women Writers From the Reinassance to the Present: Revising the Canon, ed. Maria Marotti, College Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996. 187-233 [Expanded version].

“Scrittura della metamorfosi e metamorfosi della scrittura: Rosa Rosà e il futurismo.”  Les Femmes-Ecrivains en Italie (1870-1920): ordres et libertés, ed. Emanuelle Genevois.  Special issue of Chroniques Italiennes Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle 39/40 (1994): 311-327.

“Variazioni su Amelia Rosselli.”  Il Verri 3, 4  (1993): 131-150. [Italian version of “Poetry and Madness”]                                 

“Amelia Rosselli.”  Twentieth-Century Italian Poetry: An Anthology , eds. John  Picchione and Lawrence Smith, Toronto: University of  Toronto Press, 1993.  450-54; 461.

“Utopian Longing and The Constraints of Racial and Sexual Difference in Elsa Morante’s La Storia.” Italica 7, 3 (1993): 361-375.                               

“(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.

“Poetry and Madness.” (On Amelia Rosselli) Shearsmen of Sorts: Italian Poetry 1975-1993, ed. Luigi Ballerini, special issue of  Forum Italicum (1992) : 132-152.

“Futurism and Feminism.” Annali d’Italianistica 7 (1989): 253-272.    

“Per una lettura testualista del corpus dannunziano.” Annali d’Italianistica 5 (1987): 42-59.                                                                                        

“Gabriele D’Annunzio’s Theater of Memory: Il Vittoriale degli italiani.” The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts 3 (Winter 1987): 6-51.       

“Baudelaire’s Oppositional Poetics: The Allegorical Rhetoric of Correspondences.” Francofonia XI (1986): 111-30.                                          

“The Debate on the Meaning of Literature in Italy Today.” Quaderni d’ italianistica VII, 1 (1986): 96-111 (English version of “Il dibattito’).                                                                       

“Il dibattito sul senso della letteratura oggi in Italia.” (On the debate following the twentieth anniversary of the Gruppo 63”) Rivista di estetica XXVI, 19-20 (1985): 189-99.                                                                      

“Il dialogismo e il problema della conoscenza storica nella narrativa  di P.M. Pasinetti.”  (On the problem of historical knowledge in P.M. Pasinetti’s narrative”) Italian Quarterly XXVI, 102 (1985): 47-99.

“Gabriele D’Annunzio’s Novel Le Vergini delle Rocce: ‘Una cosa  naturale vista in un grande specchio.’”  Stanford Italian Review III,  2 (1983):  241-271.

“Petrarch’s Rhetorical Reticentia as Politics.” Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association IV (1983): 17-32.               

“Il romanzo di Mussolini.” (On Mussolini’s historical novel, L’amante del cardinale). Il Cavallo di Troia 3 (1982): 131-45.

Reviews

Antonio Porta: Piercing the Page”  (review article) Alfabeta 2 4, 33 (2013): 26.

“Futurism and the Feminine: New Perspectives” (review article). Futurist Imperfect–Italian Futurism between Tradition and Modernity. Special issue of The European Legacy, vol. 14, n. 7 (December 2009): 877-880.

“Biancamaria Frabotta, La viandanza.”  MLN Italian Issue, 116, 1 (2001): 207-9.

“Rebecca West, Gianni Celati.” Quaderni di Italianistica   XXI, 1 (2000): 154-56.

“Paolo Valesio, Dialogo coi volanti.” MLN Italian issue, 115, 1 (2000): 153-55.

“Kathryn Hume. Calvino’s Fictions: Cogito and Cosmos.”  Modern Fiction Studies 40, 1 (1994): 194-95.        

La poesia di Vittorio Sereni  by L. Baffoni Licata” Italica, 66, 2 (1989):207-209.

The Voyeur by Alberto Moravia.” The New York Times Book ReviewMarch 29, 1987, p. 15.

Bloodstains by Giuliana Morandini.” The New York Times Book ReviewNovember 8, 1987, pp. 26-27.

“The Favorite Malice.  Ontology and Reference in Contemporary  Italian Poetry.” Ed. Thomas Harrison.  Differentia I (1986).

“Modernità in rovina nel cinema di Francia.” Segnocinema V, 16 (1985).

“La rosa in USA.” (On Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose). AlfabetaVI, 67 (1984).

Books, Edited Volumes and Journals, Translations

War Variations (Variazioni Belliche). Poems by Amelia Rosselli, bilingual edition. Translation from Italian into English (with Paul Vangelisti), revised and updated with a new critical introduction by Lucia Re. Los Angeles: Otis Books/Seismicity Editions, 2016, pp. 5-371.

“Dacia Maraini’s Norma 44. An English Language Translation.” Translation by Lucia Re and Monica Streifer, notes by Lucia Re. California Italian Studies 4, 1 (2013): 1-39.

“Rosa Rosà’s A Woman with Three Souls in English translation,” translation by Lucia Re with Dominic Siracusa, notes by Lucia Re. Italian Futures, ed. Albert Ascoli and Randy Starn, California Italian Studies, vol. 2, 1 (2011): 15-40

Italy in the Mediterranean. California Italian Studies Journal, Vol, 1 (1) 2009-2010. Volume edited with an introduction by Lucia Re and Claudio Fogu (952 pages; contributions by 49 scholars).

California Italian Studies Journal, Vol, 1 (2) 2010. Open Theme Issue. Edited with an introduction by Lucia Re and Claudio Fogu.

Il cibo e le donne nella cultura e nella storia:  prospettive interdisciplinari. Edited with an introduction by Giuseppina Muzzarelli and Lucia Re (Bologna: CLUEB, Biblioteca di Scienze umane, 2005), pp. 1-239.

War Variations (Variazioni Belliche). Poems by Amelia Rosselli, bilingual edition. Translation from Italian into English (with Paul Vangelisti), with a critical introduction and notes by Lucia Re. Los Angeles and Copenhagen: Green Integer Press, 2005: 5-382.

Calvino and the Age of Neorealism: Fables of Estrangement.  Stanford University Press, 1990: 1-419.  Winner of the 1992 MLA Marraro Prize.

Borges: una biografia letteraria (Borges: A Literary Biography) by Emir Rodriguez Monegal. Milan: Feltrinelli, 1982: v-472. Translation from English into Italian. Winner of the 1982 Comisso Prize.