• Roberto Dainotto

  • Professor of Romance Studies, Italian Studies
  • Romance Studies
  • 217A Languages Building
  • Campus Box 90257
  • Phone: (919) 660-3108
  • Fax: 919-684-4029
  • Office Hours: On Sabbatical Leave.
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    It is said in his legend that Professor Dainotto's PhD from New York University was in Comparative Literature, and only when he was struck by an illumination under the statue of Washington Duke, possessed by the spirit of JB our Founder, he started pronouncing burning words in Italian and was appointed Assistant Professor in that Field. The image of Garibaldi spake unto him and said: "Roberto, go and spread Italian words, that manyfold students can hear." And he went and taught, as thou can see, on Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Italian literature and culture, and fascism and Reconstruction, and Mediterranean Studies and European Unions; and he wrote in European History Quarterly, SubStance, Nepantla, Critical Inquiry, Segno, NAE, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Annali d'italianistica, Italian-Americana, and in collections in Italy and abroad. On a time, he wrote about excrements, which scholars naturally abhor, but it reminded him of sublime ecstasies, and anon he wrote that for Postmodern Culture; wherefore he went to publish Il racconto americano (Einaudi Scuola) and Place in Literature (Cornell UP, 2000), to which Europe (in Theory) did follow.

    Let us devoutly pray this teacher, Professor Dainotto, to be our instructor and soccur and aid us in our adversities and curricula, and help, that we may after this short life at Duke come into everlasting life in the other world called real.

  • Specialties

    • Italian
    • Modern and Contemporary
    • European Studies
    • Historicism
    • Poetics
    • Space Studies, Urban Studies
    • Theory of the Novel
    • Marxism
    • The Enlightenment in a Global Perspective
  • Research Description

    Modern and contemporary Italian culture. His publications include Place in Literature: Regions, Cultures, Communities (Cornell UP, 2000), Europe (in Theory) (Duke UP, 2007), and the edited volume Racconti Americani del ‘900 (Einaudi, 1999). His research interests include the Italian historicist tradition (Vico, Cuoco, Manzoni, Labriola and Gramsci), the formation of national identity between regionalism (including the so-called “Southern Question” and “Jewish Question”) and European integration; Italian cinema.
  • Current Projects

    The Philosophy of Praxis from Labriola to Gramsci., Vincenzo Cuoco's epistolary novel "Platone in Italia*, The narrative of Luciano Bianciardi., The Italian-American represented in Italian Culture.
  • Teaching

    • ITALIAN 380.01
      • ITALIAN CINEMA
      • Languages 305
      • TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    • ITALIAN 380P.01
      • ITALIAN CINEMA-PRECEPT
      • TBA
      • -
    • ITALIAN 590S.01
      • TOPICS ITALIAN STUDIES
      • Perkins 070
      • Th 01:25 PM-03:55 PM
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Comparative Literature,
      • New York University,
      • 1995
      • MA,
      • New York University,
      • 1990
      • Laurea, cum laude,
      • Foreign Languages and Literatures,
      • University of Catania, Italy,
      • 1986
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Laura Shannon Prize for Best Book in European Studies,
      • Nanovich Institute for European Studies,
      • November 2010
      • Arts & Science Faculty Research Grant,
      • December 2006
      • Andrew Mellon Assistant Professor,
      • 2004-2005
      • Franklin Humanities Center Fellowship,
      • 2004-2005
  • Selected Publications

      • (2007).
      • Europe (in Theory).
      • Duke University Press.
      • (Winner of the 2010 Laura Shannon Prize of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.)
      • (2003).
      • Asimmetrie mediterranee. Etica e mare nostrum.
      • NAE
      • ,
      • 3
      • ,
      • 3-18.
      • (2003).
      • The Gubbio Papers: Historic Centers in the Age of the 'Economic Miracle'.
      • Journal of Modern Italian Studies
      • ,
      • 8
      • (1)
      • ,
      • 67-83.
      • (2000).
      • Place in Literature: Regions, Cultures, Communities.
      • Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
      • R. Dainotto.
      • (2008).
      • Historical Materialism as New Humanism: Antonio Labriola’s ‘In Memoria del Manifesto dei Comunisti’ (1895).
      • Annali d'Italianistica
      • ,
      • 25
      • ,
      • 265-282.
      • (2002).
      • The Canonization of Heinrich Heine and the Construction of Jewish-Italian Literature.
      • In Stanislao Pugliese (Eds.),
      • The Most Ancient of Minorities: History and Culture of the Jews of Italy
      • (pp. 131-138).
      • Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press.
      • R. Dainotto.
      • (Fall, 2007).
      • Of the Arab Origin of Modern Europe: Giammaria Barbieri, Juan Andrés, and the Origin of Rhyme.
      • Comparative Literature
      • ,
      • 58
      • (4)
      • ,
      • 271-292.
      • (2001).
      • The Importance of Being Sicilian: Italian Cultural Studies, sicilitudine and je ne sais quoi.
      • Italian Cultural Studies
      • Graziella Parati and Ben Lawton (Eds.),
      • ,
      • 201-219.
      • Boca Raton: Bordighera Press.
      • (2005).
      • Goethe's Backpack.
      • SubStance
      • ,
      • 105
      • (33)
      • ,
      • 6-22.
      • [web]
      • (2001).
      • Tramonto and Risorgimento: Gentile's Dialectics and the Prophecy of Nation.
      • In Alberto Ascoli and Krystyna von Henneberg (Eds.),
      • Making and Unmaking Italy: The Cultivation of National Identity around the Risorgimento
      • (pp. 241-256).
      • Oxford: Berg..
      • (2001).
      • La città e il represso. Moderno, postmoderno, e l' immaginario del(la) capitale.
      • In Fausto Carmelo Nigrelli (Eds.),
      • Golem. Il futuro che passa
      • (pp. 49-72).
      • Roma: ManifestoLibri..
      • (2000).
      • Die Rhetorik des Regionalismus. Architektonischer Ort und der Geist des Gemeinplatzes.
      • In Vittorio Magnano Lampugnani (Eds.),
      • Die Architektur, die Tradition und der Ort: Regionalismen in der europaäischen Stadt
      • (pp. 15-30).
      • Stuttgart: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt.
      • R. Dainotto.
      • (2006).
      • The Discreet Charm of the Arabist Theory.
      • European History Quarterly
      • ,
      • 36
      • (1)
      • ,
      • 7-29.
      • (2005).
      • The `Other' Europe of Michele Amari: Orientalism from the South.
      • Nineteent-Century Contexts
      • ,
      • 26
      • (4)
      • ,
      • 18-27.
      • (2000).
      • Vico's Beginnings and Ends: Variations on the Theme of Origins of Language.
      • Annali d'Italianistica
      • ,
      • 18
      • ,
      • 13-28.
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