“Frustrating Reading: Problematic Journeys in Kafka, Calvino, and Buzzati,” Seventeenth Annual Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, “Textual Journeys: Departure, Danger, Discovery,” University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, March 2011.
“Kafka and Italy: A New Perspective on the Italian Literary Landscape,” Franz Kafka for the Twenty-first Century. Eds. Ruth Gross and Stanley Corngold. Rochester: NY: Camden House, 2011. 237-249.
“Svevo’s uomo senza qualità: Musil and Modernism in Italy,” Gender and Modernity in Central Europe: The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and its Legacy. Ed. Agatha Schwarz. Ottawa: University of Ottawa, 2010. 83-101.
“‘So, then people do come here in order to live’: Interiority in the Novels of Rainer Maria Rilke and Scipio Slataper,” The Comparatist. Vol. 33: (May 2009) 109—131.
See the paper on Project Muse.
Many of the most important twentieth-century Italian authors are Jewish or part Jewish, including Italo Svevo, Giorgio Bassani, Umberto Saba, Elsa Morante, Natalia Ginzburg, Alberto Moravia, and Primo Levi. This class will cover a selection of these authors’ writings (and others) as well as address what the phrase “Jewish Italian Authors” means (or could mean). Topics will include humor, love, and the difficulty of representing the Shoah, among others. We will examine the impact of these authors’ Jewishness on their works, as well as the problems of discussing whether these authors’ religious and ethnic background influences their writing. In addition, the course will explore the effect important historical events had on these authors and their works. While covering some canonical works of twentieth-century Italian literature, the course will also provide a unique perspective on modern Italian literature. Teaching at the University of California at Berkeley, Fall 2011.