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Cara Takakjian

Undergraduate Program Director & Chief Undergraduate Advisor for Italian Studies, Coordinator of Thatcher House Italian Program, Lecturer

315 Herter Hall

BA, Italian and English, Georgetown University
MA, Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
PhD, Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Research Areas

  • 20th- and 21st-century Italian popular and youth culture
  • Film and Visual Culture, particularly the relationship between text and image
  • Ethnographic film and literature
  • 20th- and 21st-century Italian literature


  • "Listening to the Invisible: Re-establishing Personhood in Migrant Documentary Film." Luci e ombre 2.4 (2014): [link].
  • "Bound and Dreaming: Female Empowerment through Sado-Masochistic Fantasy in Guido Crepax's Valentina.” ImageTexT 7.4 (2014): [link].
  • "Gipi and the Continuation of the Neorealist Tradition in Italian Graphic Novels.” The International Journal of Comic Art 14.2 (2012): 332-47.
  • "Creating Unity through Disunity: Futurism as Paradoxical Movement.” InThe Future of Text and Image: Collected Essays on Literary and Visual Conjunctures. O. Amihay and L. Walsh, eds. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2012. 309-23.
  • "Consuming Humanity." Review of Susan Sontag's On PhotographyThe Romance Sphere (2011): [link].
  • "The Photographic Effect of History in La Storia." L'anello che non tiene. Journal of Modern Italian Literature 20-21.1-2 (2009): 118-28.