Nina Bjekovic, a Ph.D. Student, specializes in 19th and 20th-century Italian culture and literature, with particular emphasis on literary works produced during Fascism and the Reconstruction, Italian female playwrights, women writers, gender and feminism, issues of identity and representation, and Critical Theory.
Nina earned her B.A. in Italian at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she also received her M.A. In 2016, Nina co-organized the 2016 Italian Graduate Student Conference, L’Italia e i documentari (Italy and Documentaries), and wrote a book review of Irno Scarani’s collection of poems, Cronache di luce e sangue, which will appear in the 11th issue of Carte Italiane. Nina was also the recipient of the 2016 Cecchetti Award.
Currently, she is researching the literature of prominent authors of the Slovene minority in Northern Italy and investigating the phenomenon of Fascist Italianization. Her scholarly interests also encompass Italian female playwrights, women writers, gender and feminism, issues of identity and representation, and critical theory.
Nina enjoys sharing her passion for Italian language and culture as a Teaching Assistant at UCLA, and she is currently serving as the Graduate Student Representative of UCLA’s Department of Italian.