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Department of

Languages, Cultures and Literatures

Loredana Di Martino, PhD

Director of Italian/Italian Studies
Associate Professor

Loredana Di Martino joined the faculty in 2010. She teaches Italian language, culture, and literature, as well as interdisciplinary courses in Italian and Italian American studies. Previously, she held positions at Georgetown University and at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary Italian literature, the intersection between literature and philosophy, critical theory, and cultural studies. She is also Chapter advisor for GKA (The National Italian Honor Society) and faculty advisor for USD’s Italian Language and Culture Organization (ICLO).


Ph.D., University of Washington, Comparative Literature
Dottorato di Ricerca, Scuola Europea di Studi Avanzati, Linguistics and Literature
M.A., University of Washington, Italian Studies

Scholarly and Creative Work

Professor Di Martino has published articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on modernism, postmodernism, and contemporary Italian fiction and philosophy, as well as the book Il caleidoscopio della scrittura. James Joyce, Carlo Emilio Gadda e il romanzo modernista (2009). She has written on authors such as Carlo Emilio Gadda and Umberto Eco, as well as on contemporary crime and hybrid fiction writers, and the philosophers of pensiero debole and nuovo realismo. Her current research examines the Italian contribution to the global re-emergence of the discourse of realism, focusing on works spanning from the Nineties to the present day, which offer alternatives to notions of reality as manufactured by the collusion between the neo-liberal state and the media.

Teaching Interests

Professor Di Martino teaches a wide range of courses, from introductory and intermediate language and culture classes, to preceptorial and upper-division courses in Italian and Italian American Studies (“Of Love, War and (Missed) Revolutions: The Invention of Italy and its Aftermath”; “Crime Made in Italy: History and Culture of the Italian Mafia(s)”; “Italian Style, American Streets: The Italian American Experience”, “Italian Culture Through Film,” “Italian Literature of Migration”, etc.). She strives to engage her students by creating a learning environment that encourages reflection, creativity, and collaboration, and by involving students in extra-curricular activities (field experiences, international guest lectures, workshops, film screenings, etc.) that broaden their understanding of Italy beyond disciplinary or geographic confines. Professor Di Martino uses different types of media and technologies to expose students to authentic cultural contexts, and foster active learning and collaboration.