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Federica Di Blasio

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Italian Instructor



Research Interests:


My research focuses on representations of migration and the geophilosophical evolution of Italian culture from Fascism to the present. 

My Ph.D. dissertation Local/Global Aesthetics: Cesare Pavese, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Gianni Celati participates in the transnational turn in Italian Studies by adopting different geographic scales (the “local” and the “global”) as frames of reference for an understanding of literature and films. In this work I argue that the perspectives embedded in the aesthetics of these three authors become evident in the ways that their art exposes issues of rootedness and uprootedness, locality and universalism, access to mobility, and attention to the environment. 

Other research interests include translation, language pedagogy, and French literature. 

Selected Publications:


“Film Dubbing and Collaborative Pedagogy,” co-authored with Dr. Viola Ardeni, in The Italianist Film Issue: The Co-laboratory in Italian Screen Studies, vol. 41, n. 2, 2021.

Passeurs: Narratives of Border Crossing in the Western Alps,” Italia senza frontiere (Borderless Italy). California Italian Studies, Vol. 9. 2019.

“La traduction des jeux des mots dans La Disparition de Georges Perec,” in Angelika Zirker & Esme Winter-Froemel (Eds.), Wordplay and Metalinguistic Reflection – New Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015.



Ph.D., Italian, University of California, Los Angeles (2020)

M.A., Comparative and World Literature, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2015)

Laurea Magistrale, Modern Philology, Magna Cum Laude, University of Bologna (2012)

Laurea & Licence (Italian and French Bachelor Degrees), European Modern Literatures, University of Bologna & University of Haute-Alsace (2008)

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