Nancy Harrowitz

Nancy Harrowitz
Title
Head of Italian Section,
Associate Professor of Italian
Office
718 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 401B
Email
nharrow@bu.edu
Phone
617-353-6207
Education
BA, University of Oregon
MA, Case Western Reserve University
PhD, Yale University

Research and Teaching

Professor Harrowitz’ research and teaching interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italian literature, and Holocaust Studies. She is a specialist in Primo Levi and has recently published a book entitled, Primo Levi and the Identity of a Survivor. She has also 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 on Holocaust literature and film, and on Primo Levi and  Holocaust literature. She is directing the new Holocaust and Genocide Studies minor, as well as co-chairing the Conversations on Race Initiative.