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Stefania Lucamante

Ordinary Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature

206 McMahon Hall












Stefania Lucamante earned her Laurea in Art History from the University of Cagliari, Italy, studied in the Graduate Program of Art History at the University of Rome, Italy, and received a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the Catholic University of America in 1995.

Teaching and Administration

Lucamante joined the Italian faculty at Georgetown University, where she worked for seven years, first as a lecturer and then as an Assistant Visiting Professor. In 2000 Lucamante accepted a position in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the Catholic University of America where she coordinates the Italian Studies Program. She has also taught a seminar on the Italian Holocaust at the University of Maryland. She has taught both at the undergraduate and graduate level courses ranging from the twentieth century Italian novel to the representations of Rome in film and literature; International women writers' fiction and autobiography, the Holocaust in comparative studies, Italian American studies and social issues in Italian cinema. She has served on the Academic Senate of CUA, she is on the Strategic Plan committee (School of Arts and Sciences), and she is the coordinator of the Italian Studies Program.


Contemporary narrative, Holocaust studies and gender studies are Prof. Lucamante's most important fields of scholarship (more than 30 articles).
Her most recent publication, Quella difficile identità: ebraismo e rappresentazioni letterarie della Shoah (Iacobelli editore, Rome, 2012) was presented in Rome at the National Library (March 8, 2012).
Authored Books:

  • Quella difficile identità: Ebraismo e rappresentazioni letterarie della Shoah. Rome: Iacobelli, 2012.
  •  A Multitude of Women: The Challenges of the Contemporary Italian Novel. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.
  •  Isabella Santacroce. Fiesole: Cadmo, 2002.
  • Elsa Morante e l'eredità proustiana. Fiesole: Cadmo, 1998.

Edited Books:

  • Italy and the Bourgeoisie: The Re-Thinking of a Class. (Farleigh Dickinson University Press, April 2009)
  •  Under Arturo’s Star’: The Cultural Legacies of Elsa Morante. Purdue University Press Romance Language Series, 2005. (Co-editor with Sharon Wood, U of Leicester, England)
  • Italian Pulp Fiction: The New Narrative of the Giovani Cannibali Writers (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2001).

Edited Proceedings:

Memoria collettiva e memoria privata: il ricordo della Shoah come politica sociale, Eds. Stefania Lucamante, Raniero Speelman, Monica Jansen e Silvia Gaiga. Introduction Stefania Lucamante. Italianistica Ultraiectina 3. Utrecht: Igitur Utrecht Publishing & Archiving Services, 2008. Author: Introduction  

Peer-reviewed Articles:

Her articles have appeared in Poetiche, Italica, Narrativa, Leggendaria, Forum Italicum, Quaderni d'Italianistica, Rivista di Studi Italiani, Italian Culture, and Modern Languages Notes. Lucamante has compiled entries for encyclopedias (cfr. Routledge Literary Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies, ed. Gaetana Marrone-Puglia New York: Routledge, 2007, (Giovani Cannibali, I: 373-75) and (Simona Vinci, II: 1993-94); “Grazia Deledda”, Dictionary of Literary Biography: Italian Prose Writers, 1900-1945 Ed. Rocco Capozzi and Luca Somigli. (Thomson Gale: New York, 2002): 103-15; “Fleur Jaeggy”, Who’s Who in Contemporary Women’s Writing. Ed. Jane E. Miller. (Routledge, New York, 2000). Among her articles, "Road Movies and Gas Stations: Monica Stambrini's Benzina as Creation of Alternative Spaces," Quaderni d'Italianistica Vol.XXIV.2 (2008): 111-34; "Proposte per una poetica 'liquida' dell'ideologia e dell'estetica contemporanee: Tiziano Scarpa e la parola 'altrui' della letteratura," Poetiche 3 (2007): 491-535,and "The Privilege of Memory Goes to the Women: Melania Mazzucco and the Narrative of the Italian Migration," Modern Language Notes, Vol. 124, No. 1, January 2009 (Italian Issue), published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. The article can be viewed online at
For an interesting review of A Multitude of Women, see Le italiane assaltano Francoforte.


Prof. Lucamante has given lectures at Princeton University, Wake Forest University, University of Virginia, CUNY, Yale University, Stanford University, Harvard University, University of California-Davis, University of Connecticut-Storrs, Université de Paris, France, in England at Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Wales-Bangor, and University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. She serves as reader for several journals and university presses. She has also been Visiting Professor in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cagliari, Italy (Spring 2011).

Current interests

In collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Embassy, Lucamante has recently organized an international conference entitled “Elsa Morante and the Italian Arts” (October 25-27, 2012). More information.