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Norma Bouchard

Professor of Italian Literary and Cultural Studies


Ph.D. Indiana University, 1996

Areas of Expertise

Mediterranean 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 Information

Office/Hours: Oak Hall 222
Phone: 860-486-3314


Norma Bouchard (PhD, 1996, Comparative Literature, Indiana University) is 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.  She has published a number of essays, chapters, and translations.  Among her book length 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), Italy and the Mediterranean: Words, Sounds, and Images of the Post-Cold War Era (Palgrave 2013), and Italy @ 150: National Discourse at the Sesquicentennial 1861-2011 (2012).  Her latest publication is From Otium and Occupatio to Work and Labor, a collection of essays on work and labor in Italian culture, from the pre-industrial era to the Industrial Revolution and beyond (2014).  She is Vice-President elect of the American Association of Italian Studies and has served as Associate Editor of Italica (Bibliography). She is currently Book Review Editor for Italian Culture, Associate Editor of Annali d'Italianistica, Associate Editor of Media and Cultural Studies for Italica and serves as juror and current chair for the MLA Book Translation Award.