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Maria Teresa Maenza, Ph.D.

Coordinator Italian Program

Hitchcock 107

Phone: (402) 280-2759

Modern Languages and Literatures

Fax: (402) 280-3703

Creighton University 
2500 California Plaza 
Omaha, NE 68178

E-Mail: 
mtv37435@creighton.edu

Education:

  • Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. IL. Italian Literature, Women's Studies.
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. M.A.  Italian
  • Università di Catania, Italy.  Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere.
    Major in English Language and Literature. Minor in French.

Teaching:

  • Beginning Italian
  • Intermediate Italian
  • Advanced Italian
  • Geography, Art and Traditions of Italian Regions
  • Survey of Italian Literature
  • Cultural Changes in Contemporary Italy
  • Italian History and Society in Italian Cinema
  • Italian Novel in the 19th century (Independent Study)

Interests:

  • Italian Women Writers (Aleramo, Fallaci, Cerati, Sapienza)
  • Feminist Theories: The Thought of Sexual Difference
  • Sicilian Writers
  • Italian Cultural Studies (Cinema, Society, History, Art)

Recent Academic Activity:

“Fuori dall’ordine simbolico della madre: Goliarda Sapienza e Luce Irigaray” in “QUEL SOGNO D’ESSERE” di GOLIARDA SAPIENZA. Percorsi critici su una delle maggiori autrici del Novecento Italiano, ed. Giovanna Providenti. (Roma, Aracne, 2012)

“Goliarda Sapienza. Biography, Bibliography, and Criticism” entry for the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (2012)

“Tahar Lamri's I sessanta nomi dell'amore (2006). The limits of the Italian Language in Expressing Love" in 2009 – European Studies Conference Selected Proceedings. (June, 2010). (online)

Giovanna Providenti, La porta è aperta. Vita di Goliarda Sapienza. Catania: Villaggio Maori Edizioni, 2010. Pp. 209. Review published in Annali d'italianistica 29 (2011)

Stefania Lucamante. A Multitude of Women. The Challenges of the Contemporary Italian Novel. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2008.Pp. 324. Review published in Annali d'italianistica 27 (2009)

 

Talks

“Da Goliarda a Modesta (o forse al contrario): una vita oltre il confine.” Borders and Boundaries: Italian Women Writers of the 19th, 20th, and 21st century, 21-22 March 2011, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

“Pinocchio: Universal Metaphor and Allegory of the Italian Identity in Post-Unitarian Italy (1861)” 2011-2012 Lecture Series CU at Joslyn. September18, 2011

“Pasolini lo aveva capito come stavano le cose: vita di un poliziotto nel film La meglio gioventù di Marco Tullio Giordana.” AAIS (the American Associatio for Italian Studies) 30th Annual Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 22- 25, 2010

“Heroic but not Free from Love: Bernardo Strozzi, Erminia among the Shepherds.” 2009-2010 Lecture Series CU at Joslyn. February 21, 2010.

"Tahar Lamri's I sessanta nomi dell'amore (2006). The limits of the Italian Language to Say Love." 34th Annual European Studies Conference, University of Nebraska at Omaha, October 1-3, 2009.

"Carnevale romano." A presentation based on Miel's Carnival in Piazza Colonna regarding the traditions of Carnival in Roman society during the 16th and 17th centuries. 2008-2009 Lecture Series CU at Joslyn. February 8, 2009.

"Quali femminismi per la gioia di Modesta: l'arte della gioia di Goliarda Sapienza." NEMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) 39th Annual Convention, Buffalo, New York, April 10-13, 2008.


Literary Translation:

  • Mueller, Joan: Francis. The Saint of Assisi. Allen, Texas: Thomas More Publishing, 2000.
    Translation from English to Italian: Storia di Francesco il Santo di Assisi.
    Padova: Messaggero di Sant'Antonio Editrice, 2001.