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Achille Castaldo, Teaching Assistant

Achille Castaldo

Please note: Achille has left the "Romance Studies" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

My areas of specialization are Modern and Contemporary Italian and French Literature, Aesthetics of Cinema, and Literary theory. My work focuses on the rhetorical forms through which literature and cinema are able (or imagined) to be politically effective in the materiality of conflicts.

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Typical Courses Taught:


Italian Studies
French Studies
Film, Media and Visual Studies
Theory of the Novel
Modernity and Modernism

Aesthetics • Cinema Studies • Literature, Modern--20th century--History and criticism--Theory, etc • Literature--Philosophy

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Castaldo, A, Literature as Document, in Literature as Document, vol. 90 (February, 2019), pp. 121-132, Brill | Rodopi, ISBN 9789004384248 [doi]
  2. Castaldo, A, Beyond the suffering of being. Desire in Giacomo Leopardi and Samuel Beckett, Italian Studies, vol. 74 no. 1 (January, 2019), pp. 103-105, Informa UK Limited [doi]
  3. Castaldo, A, Ideological figuration in Rohmer’s first two Moral Tales: ‘voice of memory’, clinamen of the image, and colonial fantasies, Studies in French Cinema (2018) [doi]  [abs]
  4. Castaldo, A, Filmare il dipinto. La Madonna del parto di Piero della Francesca filmata da Valerio Zurlini e Andrej Tarkovskij, L’Avventura, International Journal of Italian Film and Media Landscapes, vol. 1 no. 1 (2016), pp. 3-20  [abs]
  5. Castaldo, A, Sguardo su un mondo in rovina: percorso nell’opera espressionista di Marcello Gallian, Critica Letteraria, vol. 43 no. 167 (January, 2015), pp. 255-269  [abs]

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