Giovanni Spani

Visiting Assistant Professor

Spring 2009

  • Introduction to Contemporary Italy: Dalla Marcia alla Vespa (ITAL 208)
  • Introduction to the Study and Criticism of Medieval and Early Modern Italian Literature (ITAL 309)
Phone (207) 721-5169
Title Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian
Department ROMANCE LANGUAGES
Work Location 116 Kanbar Hall
E-Mail gspani@bowdoin.edu
Giovanni Spani Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian Department of Romance Languages Bowdoin College

Education

Indiana University Ph.D., Italian Literature 2007
Indiana University M.A., Italian Literature 2002
University of Padua Laurea in Scienze Politiche 1998

Research Interests

Italian literature of the Middle Ages, Medieval and contemporary Italian history and historiography, Italian culture and modern Italian literature.

Publications

Albanese Nicholas, Giovanni Spani, Philip Balma, and Ermanno Conti, Streetwise Italian Dictionary / Thesaurus: The User-Friendly Guide to Italian to Italian Slang and IdiomsStreetwise Italian Dictionary / Thesaurus: The User-Friendly Guide to Italian to Italian Slang and Idioms. New York: McGraw-Hill (2005).

[Streetwise Italian Dictionary / Thesaurus provides Italian students with today’s most accurate, accessible, and up-to-date reference to current Italian slang and idiomatic expressions. More than 2,500 terms and expressions are conveniently arranged into alphabetical topics, and then – unlike most resources of its type – marked for register to prevent the embarrassment of inappropriate usage. Extensive example sentences, together with their English translations, provide helpful context. Valuable for all, but particularly those planning travel to Italy, this comprehensive reference reveals the true language of Italy].

Academic Appointments

Bowdoin College: Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian (2008 - )
Middlebury College Summer School: Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian (2008)
Middlebury College: Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian (2007-2008)
Trinity College: Graduate Fellow in Italian (2003-2007)
Indiana University: Associate Instructor of Italian (2000-2003)
Indiana University Study Abroad Program in Florence: Associate Instructor (2001)