Miriam Aloisio,
Michael Subialka &
Rebecca West

Miriam Aloisio currently teaches Spanish at the University of Colorado Boulder. She completed her BA in Interpretation and Translation of English and German from the University of Milan. Aloisio then earned an MA in Italian Studies from the University of Virginia and a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago with a dissertation on environmental commitment in Luigi Malerba’s writing. Her areas of research and teaching include the twentieth- and twenty-first- century novel with a particular focus on postmodern novels, cinematic adaptation, the avant-garde, culture and language. She has collaborated on translations of several literary texts, and she has published and presented on the work of Alessandro Manzoni, Italo Svevo, Elsa Morante, Giorgio Manganelli, Italo Calvino and Luigi Malerba, among others.

Michael Subialka is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian at the University of California, Davis. He taught previously at St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, where he was the Powys Roberts Research Fellow in European Literature, and at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. A scholar of European modernism working at the intersection of literature and philosophy, he has also translated work by Italian authors, including Luigi Pirandello, Benedetto Croce and Bertrando Spaventa. He currently serves as editor of PSA, the journal of the Pirandello Society of America.

Rebecca West is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Service Professor Emerita at the University of Chicago where she taught Italian literature and cinema studies for 40 years. She specializes in twentieth-century Italian literature, with an emphasis on individual poets and prose writers, such as Eugenio Montale, Giorgio Manganelli, Italo Calvino, and Luigi Malerba. Her book Eugenio Montale: Poet on the Edge, won the Modern Language Association's Marraro Prize in 1981 as the year’s outstanding book on Italian literature, and her 2000 book Gianni Celati: The Craft of Everyday Storytelling won the MLA’s Scaglione Prize. Among many other critical essays and articles, Prof. West also wrote the preface to Italian Environmental Literature (Italica Press, 2003). She has published many articles on Malerba, and still aspires to writing a book-length study of this endlessly fascinating writer.

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