Davida Gavioli

Senior Lecturer in Italian

Teaching this semester

ITAL 1101. Elementary Italian I, A

Three class hours per week, plus weekly drill sessions and language laboratory assignments. Study of the basic forms, structures, and vocabulary. Emphasis is on listening comprehension and spoken Italian.

ITAL 2203. Intermediate Italian I, A

Three class hours per week and one weekly conversation session with assistant. Aims to increase fluency in both spoken and written Italian. Grammar fundamentals are reviewed. Class conversation and written assignments are based on contemporary texts of literary and social interest.


  • 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