Loredana Di Martino, PhD

Loredana Di Martino
Phone: (619) 260-2746
Office: Founders Hall 144A

Director and Associate Professor, Italian

  • 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

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).

Scholarly Work

In her current research, Dr. Di Martino explores how the recent cultural production coming out of Italy has joined worldwide efforts to reconceptualize experience in a way that can restore agency to human and non-human subjects. From historical works aimed at challenging cultural amnesia and decolonizing the imaginary from monolithic fictions of national belonging that promote exclusion, to hybrid narratives that cross the borders between fiction and non-fiction in an effort to expose the collusion between neoliberal power and the media, and works focused on restoring the gendered body to politics in an effort to develop a sense of being and belonging rooted in a fluid and interdependent notion of subjectivity, Italian and Italophone authors and thinkers have been actively contributing to the contemporary transcultural discourse of social resistance. Dr. Di Martino’s publications include peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on contemporary Italian fiction and philosophy, modernism, postmodernism, and gender studies. In addition, she co-edited the volume Encounters with the Real in Contemporary Italian Literature and Cinema (2017) and authored the manuscript Il caleidoscopio della scrittura. James Joyce, Carlo Emilio Gadda e il romanzo modernista (2009). 

Areas of Interest

Dr. 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.