Davida Gavioli

Senior Lecturer in Italian

On leave for spring 2019 semester

Education

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

Selected Publications

"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.

Research Interests

  • 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

Teaching Interests

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