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Department of

Languages and Literatures

Lodovica Guidarelli, PhD

Adjunct Asst. Professor, Italian

Lodovica Guidarelli joined the Department of Languages and Literatures in 2011. She previously held positions at the University of California, San Diego, San Diego Mesa College, and Colby College. She has taught all levels of Italian language, as well as upper-division literature and interdisciplinary courses. Her areas of expertise include modern and contemporary Italian literature, visual arts, and cinema. She is interested in the interaction between words and images as they engage in the discourse on the representation of reality and truth.


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Italian
B.A. and M.A., Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italian

Scholarly and Creative Work

Guidarelli’s research has an interdisciplinary nature as it focuses on modern and contemporary Italian writing, visual arts, and cinema. In her dissertation Le forme del vero: letteratura e pittura dal Verismo alla Scuola Metafisica, she discusses the collaboration between Italian writers and painters of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The four pairs of writers and painters she includes in her work are Giovanni Verga and the Macchiaioli, Gabriele d’Annunzio and Francesco Paolo Michetti, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and Umberto Boccioni, and Alberto Savinio and his brother Giorgio de Chirico. In this project, she investigates how the theoretical writings and the "fictional works" of these four couples of writers and painters contributed to shaping the broader philosophical discourse on "truth" and "reality."

Teaching Interests

Guidarelli has taught a variety of courses, which include all levels of Italian language, as well as interdisciplinary courses on Italian literature, visual arts, and cinema. In addition, she is teaching Italian 201 for the Second Year Experience Abroad Program in Florence. In any of these courses, her priority is to engage students with the Italian language and culture in a meaningful and accessible way. To this end, she incorporates different types of media such as videos, films, music, images, and authentic texts. She also incorporates creative and collaborative activities, and she encourages students’ participation in local Italian cultural events.