Adel Faitaninho has been awarded the Department's first TF Teaching Award for...
Associate Professor of Italian
BA, University of Oregon
MA, Case Western Reserve University
PhD, Yale University
- 718 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 502C
The Novel in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Italy
An examination of the modern novel in Italy: Foscolo, Capuana, D'Annunzio, Bassani, and Calvino. The development of the novel in Italy is discussed along with related questions of narrative perspective, cultural ideologies, and historical context.2013SPRGCASLI450 A1, Jan 17th to May 2nd 2013
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Holocaust Literature and Film (in English translation)
Questions of representation in literature and film about the Holocaust, including testimonial and fictive works by Wiesel and Levi, Ozick, and others; films include documentaries and feature films. Discussions of the Holocaust as historical reality, metaphor, and generative force in literature. Also offered as CAS RN 385.2013SPRGCASXL281 A1, Jan 17th to May 2nd 2013
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Research and Teaching
Professor Harrowitz’ research and teaching interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italian literature, science and literature, and Holocaust Studies. She is a specialist in Primo Levi and is currently writing a book on Levi, science and Jewish identity. She has published Antisemitism, Misogyny and the Logic of Cultural Difference: Matilde Serao and Cesare Lombroso (1995), has edited Tainted Greatness: Antisemitism and Cultural Heroes (1995), and co- edited with Barbara Hyams Jews and Gender: Responses to Otto Weininger(1996). Her work includes articles on Primo Levi, Giorgio Bassani, Carlo Levi, and Margherita Sarfatti among others.
She teaches courses on modern Italian literature and on fascism and the Holocaust in Italy, often including film as part of the curriculum. She also teaches courses in the comparative literature program on Holocaust literature and film, and on Primo Levi and Holocaust literature.