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Department of Modern Languages
The University of Mississippi

Elisa Modolo, Ph.D.

Elisa ModoloInstructional Assistant Professor and Director of Basic Italian Language

Ph.D. in Italian, University of Pennsylvania
Office: Bondurant E206 (office hours online by appointment)
Phone: 662-915-7713 (please email instead of call)

Ph.D. in Italian Studies, University of Pennsylvania (2015)
M.A. in Liberal Arts, University of Pennsylvania (2010)
M.A. in Italian Literature and Philology, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (2007)
B.A in Italian Literature, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (2005)

Research Interests:
Renaissance and Baroque Italian Culture, Translation Theory, Venetian Literature and Language, Comparative Literature, Cinema Studies, Women and Gender Studies

Metamorphosis of the Metamorphoses: Italian re-writings of Ovid between Renaissance and Baroque: My thesis reveals the role of Italian textual and visual rewritings of the Metamorphoses in shaping the reception of the classics and in brewing the new poetics during the crucial period when Renaissance morphs into Baroque

Recent Publications:

Articles and Book Chapters

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Doctoral Studies.” Inside Higher Ed, 08 June 2021.

8 Motivational Tips for Dissertation Writing.” Inside Higher Ed, 01 September 2020.

“L’abito non fa la monaca, or the insider’s voice: Arcangela Tarabotti’s Revised Representation of the Nun” book chapter in the edited collection Female Identity and Its Representations in the Arts and Humanities, ed. Silvia Giovanardi Byer and Angela Porcarelli, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, June 2017, 51-75.

“Manutius and Bembo: The ‘Fellowship of the Book’ in Renaissance Venice” divulgation article invited by Simon Fraser University Publishing and Library for the Aldus @ SFUProject (2016).

“Il «disarmonico fragore» del plurilinguismo nella poesia di Luisa Zille” in Letteratura e dialetti, edited by Fabrizio Serra. Pisa-Roma, vol. 7, 2014, 33-46.

“The Intertwining of Exile, Identity, and Memory in Satrapi and Paronnaud’s Persepolis” in Sin Frontera: Revista Académica y Literaria, University of Florida, Spring 2010, 1-15.

Awards and Honors:
Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching, awarded by the students of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Coastal Carolina University (2018 – 2019)
Excellence in Teaching Award, Romance Languages, awarded by the coordinator of Language Pedagogy at the University of Pennsylvania (2016 – 2017)
Dissertation Research Fellowship, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania (2014 – 2015)
Henry Salvatori Research Grant, Center for Italian Studies, University of Pennsylvania (Summer 2011)
Dean’s Summer Fellowship, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania (Summer 2010)

Web Resources:
Italian Program
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