Associate Professor of Italian Literary and Cultural Studies
EducationPh.D. Indiana University, 1996
Areas of ExpertiseMediterranean Studies, Italian American Studies, 19th and 20th century Italian Culture, Modernism and Postmodernism, Critical Theory, Theories of Nationalism, Migrant and Postcolonial Writing in Italy, Film
Contact InformationOffice/Hours: Oak Hall 222
Norma Bouchard (PhD, 1996, Comparative Literature, Indiana University) is Associate Professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies. She teaches courses in 19th and 20th century Italian Culture and Literature, from the Risorgimento to Migrant and Postcolonial Writers, Italian American Studies, Film, Critical Theory, and Mediterranean Studies. Among her publications are The Politics of Culture and the Ambiguities of Interpretation: Umberto Eco's Alternative (Lang, 1998), Celine, Gadda, Beckett: Experimental Writers of the 1930s (Florida UP, 2000), Risorgimento in Modern Italian Culture: Revisiting the 19th century Past in History, Narrative, and Cinema (Farleigh Dickinson UP, 2005), Reading and Writing the Mediterranean: Essays by Consolo (Toronto UP, 2006), Italian Cultural Studies: Negotiating Regional, National and Global Identities, Annali d'Italianistica 24 (2006), Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean (Fordham UP, 2011, Race and Ethnic Studies series) as well as critical essays and translations. She has recently edited a journal issue on the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification, Italy @ 150: National Discourse at the Sesquicentennial 1861-2011 (2012) and is completing two monographs, Writing, Screening, and Sounding Beyond the Nation: Italy and the Mediterranean after the Cold War into the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming 2013) and Cultural Interventions: Umberto Eco's Historic Imaginary (FUP, forthcoming 2014). Her current project, entitled From Otium and Occupatio to Work and Labor (forthcoming in 2014), is an edited collection of essays that examine the spatial and temporal articulations of work and labor in Italian culture, from the pre-industrial era to the Industrial Revolution and beyond. She is Vice-President elect of the American Association of Italian Studies and has served as Associate Editor of Italica. She is currently Book Review Editor for Italian Culture and Associate Editor of Annali d'Italianistica.