- Visiting Assistant Professor
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PhD, Rutgers University
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.
“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.
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]
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