University of Pittsburgh

 

Faculty

 

Lina Insana

Chair, Department of French and Italian

Associate Professor of Italian

Jewish Studies Program Executive Committee

Office: 1332 Cathedral of Learning
Tel: 412-624-6269
E-mail: insana@pitt.edu

 

Education

PhD, Romance Languages and Literatures, U of Pennsylvania (2000)
MA, Italian Language and Literature, U of Pittsburgh (1996)
BA, Political Science and Italian, U of Pittsburgh (1991)

Research Interests & Fields of study

Holocaust literature and film; Sicilian literature; Italian American literature; literature of Fascism and resistance; Italian detective fiction; images of southern Italy in European literature

Teaching

Undergraduate

Graduate

Selected Publications

"Atti deliberati--e omissioni--di memoria." in Il Memoriale italiano ad Auschwitz. Eds. Sandro Scarrocchia and Giuseppe Arcidiacono. [forthcoming]

"Translation Matters: Primo Levi, Translation, and the Transmission of Holocaust Tesimony." MLA Approaches to Teaching the Writings of Primo Levi. Eds. Nicholas Patruno and Roberta Ricci. NY: MLA, 2014.

Arduous Tasks: Primo Levi, Translation, and the Transmission of Holocaust Testimony. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2009.

"In Levi's Wake: Adaptation, Simulacrum, Postmemory." Italica 86.2 (2009): 212-38.

"Strega Nona’s Ethnic Alchemy: Stregheria, Magic Pasta, and That Amazing, Disappearing ‘N.’" MELUS 31.2 (2006): 207-43.

"Traumatic Translation: the Ancient Mariner’s voyage from English to Italian—and back again."  Journal of Italian Translation 1.1 (2006): 23-35.

"Fascist Appropriations: The case of Jolanda de Blasi’s Le scrittrici italiane." Strong Voices, Weak History: Women Writers of the Middle Ages and Renaissance in England, France, and Italy. Eds. P. J. Benson and V. Kirkham. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2004. 314-40.

"Redefining dulce et utile: Boccaccio’s defense of literature on economic terms." Heliotropia 2.1 (2004), 5 August 2004.

Translation

"Winter Evenings," "Learn a Trade for a Rainy Day," and "Dear Hope," short stories by Marchesa Colombi, in Writing to delight: Nineteenth-Century short stories by Italian Women. Eds. Antonia Arslan and Gabriella Romani. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2006.

Honors and Awards

U of Pittsburgh A&S Type II Research Grant, Summer 2012

University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center Internal Fellow, Fall 2010

2009 American Association of Italian Studies 20th

Century Book Award, for Arduous Tasks: Primo Levi, Translation, and the Transmission of Holocaust Testimony (U of Toronto Press)

Modern Language Association's 2007 Aldo & Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies, for Arduous Tasks: Primo Levi, Translation, and the Transmission of Holocaust Testimony (U of Toronto Press)

U of Pittsburgh A&S Type I Research Grant, Summer 2004

Professional Service

Senate Library Committee, August 2003-April 2009

Faculty Mentor, University Honors College Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Spring 2005, Spring 2010

Faculty Mentor, First Experiences in Research Program, Spring 2005

Heinz Regional History Center, Italian American Program Advisory Board, September 2004-present (Advisory Board Chair since January 2007)

Professional Affiliations

MLA, AAIS, AATI, AIHA, MELUS, AJS

 

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