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Mrs Michela Valmori

  • Overview



    • MA in Teaching Italian as an L2, University for foreigners of Siena, 2020

    Visiting posts

    • Visiting Distinguished Lecturer, University of Notre Dame, 12-2017 to 05-2018

    Professional activities

    Co-founder of Strade Dorate "Osservatorio di Letteratura e Cultura della Diaspora Italiana ed Italofona"

    Istituto di Cultura Italiana di Chicago, Presentation: “The Culture of Italian American Emigration” – When we were the Immigrants.

    Calandra Institute, NY, “The horror of female genital mutilations”

    A prototype of "Italian e-learning Project” at Alma Mater Studiorum.

    Professional memberships

    • IASA – Italian American Studies Association
      AAIS – American association for Italian studies MLA – Modern Languages Association
      AATI – American Association of Teachers of Italian

    Honours and awards

    • Fulbright Distinguished Lecturership, Fulbright Commission - Italy, September 2017
  • Research


    Research overview

    In my PhD thesis, I outline readings of Italian American gender violence literary texts through the psychoanalytical standpoint of Melanie Klein. Insights into the workings of literature offered by her conceptual framework have not yet been fully investigated, and her dynamics of literary experience could therefore help forge a challenging new critical approach. The Kleinian theoretical framework provides the critic with the possibility to investigate texts from a new perspective which sheds new light on the concepts of fear, sadism, death-drive and violence against female corporeality. Klein’s empirical observations and conclusions on the patterns of aggression on gendered corporeality will contribute to illuminating the stances of Italian American patriarchy and violence, as well as investigating the onslaughts and brutalization inflicted on the female body.

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Teaching modules

    • Italian 4 (Level 4) (ARCL104S4)