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Italian Studies, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Lara Santoro

Lecturer of Italian

Contact Information

Location: Herter Hall 303
Phone: (413) 545-4951
Email: santoro AT


Laurea, magna cum laude, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy, 1999
MA, Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Delaware, 2004
PhD, Italian Literature, Rutgers University, 2011

Selected Publications

Book Chapter:

  • "'Nothing Romantic about It': Gender and the Legacy of Crime in Abel Ferrara's The Funeral." In Mafia Movies: A Reader, ed. by Dana Renga, Toronto and New York: Toronto University Press, 2011. Pp. 157-64.


  • Giuseppe Impastato, "Lunga è la Notte" — Selected Poetry. Journal of Italian Translations 5.2 (2010): 110-19.

Teaching Experience

Rutgers University, Department of Italian, Adjunct Instructor, 2009-2012, Teaching Assistant, 2004-2007
Columbia University, Department of Italian, Adjunct Lecturer, 2008-2009
University of Delaware, Department Foreign Languages and Literatures, Teaching Assistant, 2002-2004

Research interests

20th- and 21st-century Italian Literature and Culture; Mafia studies; Gender and Violence in Italian and Italian-American cinema; Theory and Practice of Translation.