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Sebastiano Bazzichetto
Laurea / Laurea Specialistica – Università degli Studi di Padova
Diploma Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori – Padova

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Sebastiano Bazzichetto’s research mainly focuses on Italian Baroque poetry of the first half of the 17th century. He is also interested in Baroque theatre and melodramma and Decadent literature.

mail: sebastiano.bazzichetto@mail.utoronto.ca   

                                                                                                                               

Johnny L. Bertolio
Laurea / Laurea specialistica – Università degli Studi di Pisa
Diploma di Licenza Scuola Normale Superiore – Pisa

Johnny L. Bertolio graduated in Classics from the Scuola Normale Superiore (2012), with a dissertation on Leonardo Bruni’s translation of Plato’s Phaedrus, and from the University of Pisa (2011), with a dissertation on Bruni’s De interpretatione recta. His areas of research extend from early Humanism to the late Renaissance, and include a particular interest in Leopardi, as well as attention to the reception of classics in Italian literature.

mail: johnny.bertolio@mail.utoronto.ca

Davide De Luca
HON BA / MA University of Toronto

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Davide De Luca is a native of Toronto. His ancestral roots lie in Cosenza, Italy. Growing up in the same home as his dialectophone paternal grandmother, Davide became fluent in cosentino at a very young age and he quickly developed a passion for this dialect in particular and Italian (especially Southern Italian) dialects in general. This lifelong passion has also become the inspiration for Davide’s doctoral work. His research focuses specifically on the use and formation of the indicative past tense in Northern Calabria (i.e. the Province of Cosenza).

mail: davide.deluca@utoronto.ca

Francesca Facchi
Laurea / Laurea Specialistica – Università di Pavia
Diploma Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori – Pavia

Francesca Facchi’s areas of research are Italian popular literature in the Post-Unification period, and Twentieth Century Literature, both poetry and prose. She has worked extensively on Eugenio Montale’s correspondence, and she is currently researching on the origins of Italian Crime Fiction in the Nineteenth century, combining a philological approach with an interdisciplinary one.

Valentina Fulginiti 
Laurea / Laurea Specialistica – Università di Bologna

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Valentina focuses on 20th century literature (narrative and theatre), with a particular emphasis on linguistics and stylistic analysis. She is currently completing a thesis on the self-translation between Italian and dialects in the works of Luigi Pirandello, Luigi Capuana, and Salvatore di Giacomo. She has worked on translation, adaptation, and bilingual writing. Her other focus of interest is the stylistic analysis of contemporary novel, with particular emphasis on cross-cultural representations and on the political use of bodies. For a complete cv and publication lists, you can check her profile on Academia.

Joanne Granata
Honours BA / MA University of Toronto

Joanne Granata is a fourth year doctoral candidate (ABD). Joanne Granata’s research focuses on Renaissance theatre, specifically late Renaissance comedy, with a focus on Francesco Antonio Rossi’s Capriccio. In addition to Renaissance theatre her research interests include philology, Italian Canadian studies, and pedagogy.

mail: joanne.granata@utoronto.ca

Leila Anna Ouji
Honours BA / MA University of Toronto

LeilaBorn in Toronto of Italian and Iranian heritage, Leila developed a fascination with the interaction, conflict and collaboration between East and West at an early age. This led her towards her doctoral work on Orientalism in Dante and the overall perception of Islam through the Christian lens. In addition to her research on Dante, Leila is also interested in concepts of salvation and ecclesiastical corruption in medieval and early renaissance texts, particularly in that of Boccaccio.

mail: leila.ouji@mail.utoronto.ca

Wanda Santini
Laurea / Laurea Specialistica / Dottorato – Università degli Studi di Pavia
Diploma Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori – Pavia

wandaWanda’s main research interest is Twentieth Century Literature (novel and poetry) with a particular focus on linguistic and stylistic aspects; she has published articles on Calvino, Eco, Fenoglio and Bianciardi and she is currently writing a thesis on the narrative of Tommaso Landolfi. Her other focus of interest is the relation between Italian literature and religion: she has worked extensively on Mario Pomilio’s novel Il quinto evangelio (at Fondo Manoscritti in Pavia) with a philological approach, exploring its intertextuality and the connections with Vatican II; she has also conducted research on medieval religious prose and language.

mail: wanda.santini@mail.utoronto.ca

Anne-Marie Sorrenti
BA in Humanistic Studies McGill University / MA  Italian Studies  University of Toronto
JD (Juris Doctor), University of Toronto.

AMS (2)Anne-Marie Sorrenti is completing her dissertation on the concepts of public and private in the writings of the polymath humanist writer, architect and art theorist Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472). Her areas of research interest include the history of innovation, literature in relation to the other arts, law and literature, Italian cinema, and Early Modern women writers.  She practised entertainment law in Toronto for several years before returning to the study of Italian Literature. Her travel writing has been published in the Globe and Mail.

mail: annemarie.sorrenti@utoronto.ca

Christina Vani 
BA Concordia University, Montréal / MA University of Toronto

christinaChristina graduated with great distinction from Concordia University in late 2009, where she majored in Italian and minored in Spanish and Professional Writing. Her studies included advanced courses in Translation (in Spanish and Italian), History of the Italian Language, and Italian Civilisation. She led an Italian conversation group and was the youth representative for the Giovani Laziali. Christina worked for one year in the field of medical publishing as a copyeditor in Montréal, Québec. In 2011, she spent two months volunteering with the Art Monastery Project, an American arts non-profit, in Labro, Italy. Upon her return, she began her MA at U of T, where she focussed on courses on the Italian language, such as Italian Dialectology and the Questione della Lingua; Registers and Subcodes; Italian Language after Unity; and Lexicography. When she completed the MA programme, Christina was offered a six-month contract to re-join the Art Monastery Project in the capacity of Assistant to the Executive Director, a position that she occupied from June to December 2012. Invigorated from her sojourn in Italy, Christina initiated the PhD programme at U of T in January 2013. She has yet to solidify her thesis topic; nevertheless, her research interests include Dialectology, Translation, Philology, Linguistics, and Pedagogy. She is a Jackman Junior Fellow and in the past was awarded the Carmine Di Michele Scholarship. Christina speaks English, French, and Spanish in addition to Italian and is passionate about writing, vegan cooking, live music, slam poetry, and meditation.

mail: christina.vani@mail.utoronto.ca