Alberto Iozzia

  • Visiting Assistant Professor

Contact

1328 Cathedral of Learning
ali24@pitt.edu

Education

PhD, Rutgers University

Research Interests

19th-21st Italian literature and film; second language pedagogy; Italian theater (with a focus on Sicilian comedy and the Italian Teatro di Narrazione); contemporary Anglophone literature and film (particularly science fiction and apocalyptic narrative); postmodernism and culture.

Alberto’s book project, Apocalypse Next, expands the chronological focus of his Ph.D. dissertation to include a discussion of contemporary apocalyptic rhetoric in populist and reactionary movements in Europe and the US. Tracing the links between apocalyptic fiction and politics, the project analyzes the inherently political nature of apocalyptic fiction as well as the apocalyptic charge of today’s political discourse.

Alberto has co-edited a special edition of the peer-reviewed journal Italian Quarterly dedicated to Italian apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic narrative.

Selected publications

“Cataclisma: l’apocalisse dei sensi di Massimo Bontempelli” Italian Quarterly (2018).
“Palermo’s Vastasate: Staging a Multilingual Reality. Class-Conflict and Linguistic Barriers in 18th-Century Sicilian Farces.” International Studies in Humour 5:1 (2016), pp. 50–63.

Teaching

ITAL 0080   Renaissance Italy: Italian Icons, From Dante to Bruno
ITAL 2701   Italian Science Fiction Literature
ITAL 1060   Special Topics: Italian Post-Apocalyptic Cinema
ITAL 1041   Italian Theatrical Workshop [Fall 2020]
ITAL 0089   History of Italian Cinema [Spring 2021]

Awards

Best Comedy Film Award, Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, 2019

William E. Roney Award for Innovative Teaching, Rutgers University, 2017

Joseph and Marie Laggini Scholarship, Rutgers University, 2015

Short Movie Corner Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival, 2011