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Giulia Ricco, Student

Giulia Ricco

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

My research focuses on Italian and Brazilian literature and intellectual history, with an emphasis on fascism, migration, and documentary novels. In my dissertation, titled “Fascist Fiction: Inventing the Lesser Evil in Italy and Brazil,”  I explore the global, violent, and long-lasting impact of fascist rhetoric and practices in Italy and BrazilMy scholarship has appeared in the peer-reviewed journals Forum Italicum, Mester, and the edited volume Emerging Dialogues on Machado de Assis. I am currently co-editing a special issue of Cultural Dynamics titled “Contemporary Epistemologies of Militarization in the Global South” and issue 138 of Radical History Review, dedicated to fascisms and anti-fascisms after 1945.

This academic year I am the recipient of two competitive instructional fellowships: the first in support of an interdisciplinary undergraduate seminar I designed called “Global Fascism,” in which we study fascist cultural productions from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Brazil and the US; and the second for implementing the use of digital pedagogies in a project-based learning class on environmental justice in Durham, NC being taught at the Duke Human Rights Center. I am originally from Italy where I obtained both my B.A. (2010) and M.A. (2012) at the University of Bologna, in Foreign Languages and Literature, with an emphasis in English and Portuguese.

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MAUniversità degli Studi di Bologna2012
BAUniversità degli Studi di Bologna2010

Comparative Studies: Translation, Travel Narratives, Trans-Culturality
Areas of Interest:

Representation of Violence
Politics of Memory
Meta-fictional Narrative and Cinema
20th-21st C. Brazilian Literature
20th-21st C. Italian Literature


Comparative studies • Fascism • Law and literature • Literature • Literature and history • Memory in literature • Migration • Political violence in literature

Recent Publications

  1. Ricco, G, Framing Violence: Reader and Narrator in Pai contra Mãe, in Emerging Dialogues on Machado de Assis (June, 2016), SPRINGER, ISBN 1137541741  [abs]

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