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Italian Graduate Studies in a Globalized World

For Italy, globalization as a modern process is neither the beginning nor the end of the story. Italy has always been situated in a complex space, often best understood transnationally, post-nationally, and in a variety of cosmopolitan contexts, from Europe to the Mediterranean.

The graduate program in Italian Studies is committed to the interdisciplinary study of Italian literature and culture. Our faculty work on areas ranging from literature and cinema to medieval and early modern culture to history and critical theory. Recent and current graduate students working in Italian have written on topics ranging from the literature of extracomunitari in Italy, Dante's body in the context of pilgrimage texts, the acquisition of verb morphology, to postmodernism and detective fiction. Prospective graduate students should know that they will receive a training appropriate for an ever-more interdisciplinary profession, and that they will have the resources of a major university, ranging from the European Union Center to the largest public university library in the world, containing world-famous Dante and Tasso collections, alongside equally important collections of Proust, Rilke and Milton.

The graduate program program in Italian Studies at the University of Illinois welcomes applications from students interested in the areas of: Mediterranean studies, migration studies, medieval, early modern and modern literature and culture, and cinema studies.

Inquiries can be directed to Prof. Emanuel Rota.

For administrative information regarding the admissions process, please contact the SLCL Graduate Services.