- Visiting Assistant Professor
Contact1328 Cathedral of Learning
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, Last Time the World Ended: Making Sense of Modern Italy through Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, examines the recent history of Italy by revisiting the literary and cinematic works of speculative fiction that have anticipated, represented, or followed the cultural and social transformations capable of shaping the nation. The book retraces some of the defining moments of modern Italy's political and intellectual life and analyzes the works of fiction that made sense of them through the metaphor of the end of the world.
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