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Saskia Ziolkowski, Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor

Saskia Ziolkowski

Website: https://sites.duke.edu/saskiaziolkowski/

I work on Italian literature and culture from a comparative perspective, especially in terms of the connections between Italy and German-language countries. My research topics include modernism, the novel, animal studies, world literature, Jewish studies, migration, literary history, and issues of identity. My book Kafka’s Italian Progeny (University of Toronto Press, awarded the American Association of Italian Studies 2020 Book Prize in Literary Studies) explores Franz Kafka’s sometimes surprising connections with key writers — from Massimo Bontempelli, Lalla Romano, and Italo Calvino to Antonio Tabucchi, Paola Capriolo, and Elena Ferrante — who have shaped Italy’s literary landscape. I am currently working on a monograph on  Jewishness in modern Italian literature and co-directing the Global Jewish Modernism Lab.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  205 Language Ctr, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-2436
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  http://saskiaziolkowski.com

Teaching (Spring 2023):

  • ITALIAN 330.01, GLOBAL ITALY Synopsis
    Old Chem 101, Tu 05:15 PM-06:30 PM
  • ROMST 337.01, AMERICA FROM ABROAD: LIT & CIN Synopsis
    Social Sciences 124, TuTh 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
    (also cross-listed as ENGLISH 237.01, ITALIAN 337.01, JEWISHST 337.01, LIT 337.01)
  • ROMST 381S.01, MAPPING JEWISH MODERNISM Synopsis
    Languages 114B, TuTh 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
    (also cross-listed as ENGLISH 382S.01, GERMAN 381S.01, ITALIAN 381S.01, JEWISHST 381S.01, LIT 386S.01)
  • ROMST 711S.01, MAPPING JEWISH MODERNISM Synopsis
    Languages 114B, TuTh 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
    (also cross-listed as GERMAN 711S.01, ITALIAN 711S.01, JEWISHST 711S.01)
Office Hours:

Spring 2023
Languages 217A 
Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 p.m. and by appointment (zoom is also an option). 

Education:

Ph.D.Columbia University2009
A.B.Princeton University2001
Specialties:

Italian
Research Interests:

Cultural and Literary Connections between Italy and German-speaking Countries, Modernism, Translation Studies, Jewish Studies, and Issues of Identity, (especially as they relate to modern Italian literature).

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Ziolkowski, S, Superman in Italy: The power of refugee artists, in Migrants Shaping Europe, Past and Present Multilingual Literatures, Arts, and Cultures, edited by Solterer, H; Joos, V (October, 2022), pp. 96-130, Manchester University Press, ISBN 152616616X  [abs]
  2. Ziolkowski, SE, For a Jewish Italian Literary History: from Italo Svevo to Igiaba Scego, Italian Culture, vol. 40 no. 2 (January, 2022), pp. 131-153 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Ziolkowski, S, “From Deportation to the Laocoön, An Archival Fiction,” Review of Hans von Troth, Pollak’s Arm (trans. Elisabeth Lauffer), Reading in Translation (2022)
  4. Ziolkowski, S, “Turin's Skies, Women’s Bodies, and Foreign Lands,” Review of Marina Jarre’s Distant Fathers (trans. Ann Goldstein), Reading in Translation (2021)
  5. Ziolkowski, S, Thomas Bernhard, Italo Calvino, Elena Ferrante, and Claudio Magris: From Postmodernism to Anti-Semitism, in Thomas Bernhard's Afterlives (October, 2020), pp. 183-206, Bloomsbury Publishing USA, ISBN 1501351524  [abs]


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