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Hermann W. HallerHermann W. Haller

Queens Hall 330C1

Hermann W. Haller is Professor of Italian at Queens College and at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Bern, after studying Romance Philology, Italian and French language and literature at the Universities of Bern, Florence, Paris. He is the author of Der deiktische Gebrauch des Demonstrativums im Altitalienischen (1973), Il Panfilo veneziano. Edizione critica con introduzione e glossario (1982), The Hidden Italy. A Bilingual Edition of Italian Dialect Poetry (1986), Una lingua perduta e ritrovata: l'italiano degli italo-americani (1993), The Other Italy: the literary canon in dialect (1999), La Festa delle Lingue. La Letteratura dialettale in Italia (2002), Tra Napoli e New York. Le macchiette italoamericane di Eduardo Migliaccio (2006), the critical edition of John Florio's A Worlde of Wordes (2013), and of more than one hundred articles, book chapters, and reviews. His research interests are mainly in Italian linguistics, the relations between language and literature, Italian dialect literature. He was a NEH fellow (1994-95), and received the International Dino Campana Award (1990) and the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione MLA Publication Award (1998). He was elected in 2006 as a Member of the Accademia della Crusca (Socio Corrispondente Straniero).

Eugenia Paulicelli

Eugenia Paulicelli
Eugenia Paulicelli, Professor
PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Queens Hall 330C2

Eugenia Paulicelli, is the Founder and Director of Italian Cinema – CUNY (IC-CUNY). She is Professor of Italian, Comparative Literature and Women’s Studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her multidisciplinary research has been supported by several grants (Mellon Mays, the Italian Foreign Ministry, Mellon Fellowship, The Center for the Humanities, several PS-CUNY, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Queens College) and international awards such as the Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor, University of Bristol, 2013; the 2019 Italian Ambassador of Fashion and Design, Johannesburg South Africa; Special Award Moda Movie, Cosenza 2017; “Outstanding Achievement in the academic field of Fashion Studies” from the Office of the President Borough of Queens, City of New York, 2017; “Ambasciatore Awards,” 2017 and others. She has given lectures as key-note or guest professor in the US (Villanova University, Yale, Harvard, Montclair University, Wellesley College, Parsons, The New School of Design, Columbia, NYU ; FIT, the MET) in Europe (Stockholm, London, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Venice, Bari, Florence, Padua, Gröningen, Paris and others) , South Africa and China. She is editor, co-editor and author of several books, book chapters, special issues journals, and articles on the history and theory of fashion, cinema, and literature. Her books:

  • Italian Style. Fashion & Film from Early Cinema to the Digital Age. Bloomsbury Academic: London & New York, 2016 and paperback edition, 2017.
  • Rosa Genoni: La moda è una cosa seria. Milano Expo 1906 e la Grande Guerra (Fashion is a Serious Business: The Milan World Fair of 1906 and the Great War), in English and Italian, Preface by John Davis; Afterword by Eleonora Fiorani, Milan: Deleyva Edizioni, 2015 and 2017.
  • Writing Fashion in Early Modern Italy. From Sprezzatura to Satire.  Ashgate: Aldershot, 2014; paperback edition, Routledge, 2016.
  • Moda e Letteratura nell’ Italia della prima modernità. Dalla Sprezzatura alla Satira, Trad. di Samantha Maruzzella, Meltemi Press: Milano, 2019
  • The Fabric of Cultures. Systems in the Making, Queens College: 2019
  • Film, Fashion, and the 1960s, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017; co-editor with Louise Wallenberg); co-author of introduction and author one of the chapters.

She has been working on video production starting with The Fabric of Cultures exhibition, 2017 and the reproduction of Rosa Genoni’s 1908 Tanagra Dress, “Dress In Motion - The Tanagra Dress Reframed video by Massimo Mascolo and Claudio Napoli and with the same co-authors she is currently developing a series of videos on “The New Made in Italy” (2019) that are based on her ongoing research on Italian excellence in fashion, design and industry.

She has also curated exhibitions and is the founder of the partly digital project  The Fabric of Culture. Systems in the Making and author of the book of the same title. This is a project that aims at the understanding of global fashion and its implication with the environment, climate change and social justice. In addition, the project aims at a deeper understanding of the relationship between craft and technology, identifying the art of making and mapping alternative modes of production that highlight the crafts and local traditions around the world and in Italy in collaboration with organizations that focus on integrating and requalifying immigrant women and communities.

She is the founder and coordinator of the Concentration in Fashion Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY. See her interview with:

At Queens College she is the Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in Italian. For more information about her work : and Academia.edi.

Karina Feliciano AttarKarina Feliciano Attar

Queens Hall 205D

Karina Feliciano Attar is Assistant Professor of Italian. She received her BA in Italian and Russian from Cambridge University in 1994. After graduation, she worked in the editorial division of the Hutchinson imprint of Random House, UK, and then moved to New York to enter the graduate program in Italian Studies at Columbia University (PhD, 2005). Currently, she teaches undergraduate level language and literature courses, as well as graduate level courses at Queens College, and serves as the undergraduate advisor for Italian and as coordinator of the Italian language program. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Scandalous Liaisons: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Italian Novella and has published articles on novellas by Salernitano, Fortini, and Giraldi.

Morena Corradi Morrena Corradi

Queens Hall 205E

Morena Corradi is Associate Professor of Italian at Queens College. She holds a Laurea in Modern Languages and Literatures from the University of Bologna, a MA in Italian from the University of Washington, and a PhD in Italian Studies from Brown University. Her research interests are 19th-century fantastic literature and theory, nationalism, cultural studies, 19th-century printed media, narrative theory. Her teaching areas include 19th and 20th century Italian literature, contemporary Italian culture and society, nation-building. She is the author of articles on the Milanese Scapigliatura, and on post-unification political and literary journals. She has published the monograph Spettri d’Italia: scenari del fantastico nell’Italia postunitaria (Longo Editore, 2016).

Anthony Julian TamburriTiberio Snaidero Attar

Calandra Italian American Institute
25 West 43 St, NYC

Anthony Julian Tamburri is Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute and Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures. Since 1990, he has migrated between Italian and Comparative Studies. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He is co-founder of Bordighera Press, and past president of the Italian American Studies Association and the American Association of Teachers of Italian. He is the author of more than a dozen books, which include: Semiotics of Re-reading: Guido Gozzano, Aldo Palazzeschi, and Italo Calvino (2003); Narrare altrove: diverse segnalature letterarie (2007); Una semiotica dell'etnicità: nuove segnalature per la scrittura italiano/americana (2010); Re-viewing Italian Americana: Generalities and Specificities on Cinema (2011); Re-reading Italian Americana: Generalities and Specificities on Literature and Criticism (2014); Scrittori Italiano[-]Americani: trattino sì trattino no (2018); and Un biculturalismo negato: la letteratura “italiana” negli Stati Uniti (2018) . He is the executive producer of Italics, Television for the Italian American Experience, produced in collaboration with CUNY TV. In 2000, he received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from his alma mater, Southern Connecticut State University; in the same year, Italy conferred on him the honor of Cavaliere dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.


Adjunct Faculty

Marina Colajanni-Guthenberg Queens Hall 205L

Rosalia Conoscenti Queens Hall 205L

Alberto Gelmi Queens Hall 205L

Nicola Lucchi
Nicola Lucchi Queens Hall 330G

Nicola Lucchi received his PhD in Italian Studies from New York University in 2016. His main research interests are 20th century Italian art and literature, industrial history, history of labor, as well as the representations and negotiations of Italian culture in the United States. He has published articles and book chapters on Eugenio Montale, on Bruno Munari, and on Italian Futurism. He is currently working on his first monograph, dedicated to the cultural impact of the automotive company Fiat on Italian society during the interwar years. At Queens College, Nicola teaches language courses as well as courses on modern Italian literature, art, and on the history of Italian design.

Iuri Moscardi Queens Hall 205L

Leonardo Nolé Queens Hall 205L

Nicole Paronzini Queens Hall 205L

Paola Rodriguez Queens Hall 205L

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Spring 2021 Course Information

Department Chair:
Gerasimus Katsan
Queens Hall 200
718-997-5980 (phone)
718-997-5072 (fax)

Italian Advisor:
Eugenia Paulicelli
Queens Hall 330C2


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