Danila Cannamela

Assistant Professor of Italian

Office: Lovejoy 306 [ campus map ]
Phone: 207-859-4405
Fax: 207-859-4405


Ph.D., Italian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., Experiential Marketing, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milano
M.A., Laurea Specialistica in Lettere Moderne, Università degli Studi di Milano
B.A., Laura Triennale in Lettere, Università degli Studi di Milano

Areas of Expertise

  • Modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture
  • Noir, pulp, sci-fi literature
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Gender Studies
  • Italian cinema
  • Posthumanism
  • Ecopoetics

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
IT125 AItalian I
IT125 BItalian I
IT126 BItalian II
IT128 AItalian through Film and Visual Culture
IT244 APastoral Cookbook: Classic Recipes and New Cooking Techniques

Current Research

My second book-length project ("Sour Beauty") explores how pastoral beauty has evolved into contemporary Italian ecopoetics.

Additionally, I have been conducting research on constructs of gender, nature, and sense of place in Italian culture, through the lens of queer ecology, trans studies, and feminist environmentalism.




The Quiet Avant-garde: Crepuscular Poetry and the Twilight of Modern Humanism. University of Toronto Press, 2019.

Peer-Review Articles
“I am an atypical mother”: Motherhood and maternal language in Giovanna Cristina Vivinetto’s poetry." Forum Italicum 55.1:86–108 (2021).

“Neither Utopia nor Juvenile Transgression: Retracing the Link between the ’77 Movement, Autonomy, and Literature.” Italian Studies 76.1:96–111 (2021).(co-authored)

“Italian Ecopoetry, or the Art of Reading through Negativity.” Modern Language Notes
135.1 (2020): 302–326.

“A Fairy-Tale Noir: Rewriting Fairy Tales into Feminist Politics of Exposure.” Quaderni d’Italianistica 39.2 (2018): 85-110.

“Six Memos for Teaching Italian L2: Creativity, Storytelling and Visual Imagination in the Language Classroom.” E-JournALL 6.1 (2019). Web.

“Fabio Mollo’s Il padre d’Italia: A Visual Journey through Queer Ecology, Eco-Masculinity, and Fatherhood.” gender/sexuality/italy 6.1, 2019: 85-103. Web.

“Through the Eyes of the Beast: Feminist ‘Dark Ecologies’ in Alda Teodorani’s Belve.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.(online preview: https://academic.oup.com/isle/advance-article/doi/10.1093/isle/isz054/5531626?guestAccessKey=4601f83c-b809-497a-93b2-275c6d72014e).

“‘La poesia dopo la fine della poesia’: Visionary Realism and the Ethics of Playful Care in Aldo Nove’s Twenty-First-Century Poetry.” California Italian Studies 8.1 (2019). https://escholarship.org/uc/item/5p5669r3.

“The Pharmakeia of Blood: Misuse, Abuse, and Reuse in the Young Cannibals’ Narrative of Violence.” Annali d’Italianistica 35 (2017): 421–46.

“What is a ‘Little Thing’?: Crepuscular Still Lifes and the Italian Avant-Garde.” Modernism/modernity 24.4 (2017): 841–866.

“A Farewell to Youth: The Slippery Modernity of Rapsodia Satanica and Addio Giovinezza.” Journal of Italian Media and Cinema Studies 5.3 (2016): 287–303.

“From Si sbarca a New York, by Fausto Maria Martini.” Italica 93.1 (2016): 147–64.

“The Song of the ‘Tubercular Muse’: Rereading Crepuscular Poetry through and beyond the Experience of Disease.” Mosaici 4 (2015). Web.

“La ghirlanda di stelle di Raoul dal Molin Ferenzona: un’antologia neo-alessandrina tra le opere dei corazziniani poeti ‘fuori della legge.’” Otto/Novecento 28.2 (2014): 45–64.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

“Paths of Constructive Destruction: Retracing the Avant-garde Legacy in Aldo Nove’s Experimental Writing." Deconstructing the Model in 20th and 20st- Century Italian Experimental Writings. Eds. Beppe Cavatorta and Federica Santini. New Castle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 119–135.

“When Appearance Matters: A ‘Cover-Reading’ of Briciole by Alessandra Arachi.” Starvation, Food Obsession and Identity: Eating Disorders in Contemporary Women’s Writing. Eds. Petra M. Bagley, Francesca Calamita and Kathryn Robson. Oxford, UK: Peter Lang. 187–210.

“Un novecentesco ‘sapere di non sapere’: il problema della conoscenza nella poesia crepuscolare.” Il pensiero della poesia: Da Leopardi ai contemporanei. Letture dal mondo di poeti contemporanei. Eds. Cristina Caracchini and Enrico Minardi. Firenze: University of Firenze Press. 71–86.

“Childhood Passion in Sergio Corazzini’s Poetry: Rereading the Figure of ‘the Little Boy who Cries’ in his Cultural Context.” Narrating the Passions: New Perspectives from Modern and Contemporary Literature. Eds. Simona Corso and Beth Guilding. Oxford, UK: Peter Lang. 163–76.


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