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Davida A. Gavioli

Senior Lecturer in Italian

Contact Information

Romance Languages And Literatures

Riley House - 101

Teaching this semester

ITAL 1103. Accelerated Elementary Italian

Davida Gavioli
Three class hours per week, plus one hour of weekly drill and conversation sessions with a teaching fellow. Covers in one semester what is covered in two semesters in the 1101-1102 sequence. Study of the basic forms, structures, and vocabulary. Emphasis on listening comprehension and spoken Italian. For students with an advanced knowledge of a Romance language or by permission of instructor.

ITAL 2408. Introduction to Contemporary Italy: Dalla Marcia alla Vespa

Davida Gavioli
In the recent past, Italy has experienced violent political, economic, and cultural changes. In short succession, it experienced fascist dictatorship, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and Civil War, a passage from monarchy to republic, a transformation from a peasant existence to an industrialized society, giving rise to a revolution in cinema, fashion, and transportation. How did all this happen? Who were the people behind these events? What effect did they have on everyday life? Answers these questions, exploring the history and the culture of Italy from fascism to contemporary Italy, passing through the economic boom, the Years of Lead, and the mafia. Students have the opportunity to relive the events of the twentieth century, assuming the identity of real-life men and women. Along with historical and cultural information, students read newspaper articles, letters, excerpts from novels and short stories from authors such as Calvino, Levi, Ginzburg, and others, and see films by directors like Scola, Taviani, De Sica, and Giordana.

Davida Gavioli


Ph. D. in Italian and Comparative Literature, The Pennsylvania State University
Laurea in Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bergamo (Italy)

Italian Language
Twentieth-century Italian Literature and Film
Contemporary Literary Theory
Italian, American, and Francophone Women Writers
Gender Theory and Feminist Literary Criticism

Contemporary Italian Women Novelists
The Literature of Migration
Motherhood in cross-cultural perspective
Relationship between Italian, American, and French feminist thought
Minority American Women Writers
North African Women Writers
Foreign Language Teaching and Technology

"Alba de Cespedes' Quaderno proibito and the (Im)possibility of a Maternal Text," Writing Beyond Fascism: Cultural Resistance in the Life and Works of Alba de Cèspedes. Ed. Carole Gallucci, Ellen Nerenberg. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh-Dickinson University Press, 2000.

"'Ma cos'è questa verità storica? ... Una verità convenzionale': Francesca Sanvitale's Il figlio dell'impero," Gendering Fictions: Feminist Revisions of Italian History. Ed. Maria Marotti, Gabriella Brooke. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1999.

"Motherhood." Reader's Guide to Women's Studies. Ed. E. Amico. Chicago and London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998.

"Mother-Daughter Relationship." Reader's Guide to Women's Literature. Ed. E. Amico. Chicago and London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998.

"Joyce Carol Oates." Reader's Guide to Literatures in English. Ed. Mark Hawkisn-Dady. Chicago and London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1996.

"In Search of the Mother's Lost Voice: Francesca Sanvitale's Madre e figlia and Carla Cerati's La cattiva figlia," Gendered Contexts : New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies. Ed. Laura Benedetti, Julia Hairston and Silvia Ross. New York: Peter Lang, 1996. 201-11.

"A Reversal of Perspective: The Mother's Voice in Edith Wharton's The Mother's Recompense." Rivista annuale dell'Associazione Italiana di Studi Nord-Americani 5 (1994): 65-80.