The Catholic University of America

Dr. Stefania Lucamante

Department of Modern Languages

I was born in Augusta, Sicily from Apulian parents. At six, I moved to Cagliari, Sardinia, where I grew up and studied before moving to Rome for my graduate studies. I also lived in Milan and Berlin, Germany, before moving to the United States of America. After a curatorial training at the Hirshhorn Museum, I studied Comparative Literature at The Catholic University of America.  In 2000, I came back at CUA after teaching for seven years at Georgetown University. Currently, I am an Associate Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, teach undergraduate courses in culture, literature, and film studies, and advise students for the Rome Study Abroad Program. I am also a member of the Academic Senate. While doing my graduate studies in Art History at the University of Rome, I met a professor of Modern Art History who truly helped me to cope with the stress of graduate school and taught me how to appreciate Caravaggio without thinking, for once, of grades!  Another important mentor was Dr. Virgil Nemoianu, who directed my Ph.D. dissertation here in DC. My crazy idea was probing the influence that a novel by a French writer, Marcel Proust, had upon the genesis of the first novel by an Italian woman writer, Elsa Morante. He liked it!

My main research and teaching interests are in the literature and culture of modern and contemporary Italy, with a special focus on Women’s Studies, the genre of the novel, literary and visual representations of the Holocaust, and contemporary critical literary theory. I have authored four books, edited three plus selected proceedings from a conference, published over 25 peer-reviewed articles and over just as many book reviews. I serve on the executive board of the American Association of Teachers of Italian. I live in Washington, DC with my husband Bill and have two boys, Lamberto and Stefano. The older is finishing his degree in Politics and French here at CUA, while the younger is a Senior at the Lycée Rochambeau in Bethesda and has recently accepted an offer at the University of St.Andrews, Scotland. In my free time, I enjoy reading novels, watching movies, listening to many kinds of music, having friends over for dinner, and travelling. When I am particularly tense, or am thinking of a new scholarly project, I bake and iron wildly.