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Bryn Mawr College
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Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899

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Roberta Ricci

Associate Professor and Chair
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Office: Thomas Hall 134
Office phone: 610 526-5048
Office fax: 610 526-7479

Roberta Ricci received her Ph.D. in Italian Literature from Johns Hopkins University, MD, after a Laurea in Lettere Moderne summa cum laude from the University Pisa in Philology. Her scholarly interests concern mostly philological issues connected with the varianti d’autore, paratextuality, commentary, reception, readership, authorship, in reference to the manuscript tradition of early modern Italian literature. She is now working as co-editor for a special interdisciplinary issue of NIS 2016 dedicated to the Italian Renaissance, to which she will also contribute, and on Poggio Bracciolini. For the project on Bracciolini she has been awarded the Renaissance Society 2013 Summer Grant, the BMC Faculty Grant, and the Goodhart Gordan Fellowship at BMC. Ricci describes her research in the below post and video:

Since her arrival on campus, Roberta Ricci has created six  new courses: ITAL 380 Modernity, Neurosis, and Psychoanalysis: Crossing National Boundaries in 20th Century Italy and Europe , ITAL 307 The Best of Italian Literature, ITAL 235 The Italian Women's Movement (Cross-Listed with Gender and Sexuality and Film Studies), ITAL 299 Grief, Sexuality, Identity: Emerging Adulthood (Cross-Listed with Gender and Sexuality and Film Studies), and ITAL 255 Uomini d'onore in Sicilia (Cross-Listed with Film Studies) (see the article on the Alumane Bulletin, August 2011), and ITAL 229 Food in Italian Literature, Culture and Cinema (Cross-listed with Film Studies).

Outside the college, she has served as a member of the juries to select recipients of NEH Summer Institute grants and wrote entries on Italian authors for the Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism series. She serves as referee in the Nuova Rivista di Letteratura Italiana published by the University of Pisa and she is a member of the Comitato Scientifico for the series "Voci Di Repertorio", Pacini-Fazzi Press, Lucca. She is a member of the Comitato scientifico for the Series Muliphein, Cenacolo di Ares Press. She has also been invited to serve for a two-year term on the Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Program Committee, 2015-2017.


Scrittura, riscrittura, autoesegesi: voci autoriali intorno all’epica in volgare. Boccaccio, Tasso
2011, pp. 260, € 23,00, Pisa, ETS Press  978-884672575-2 book

For her book, entitled “Scrittura, riscrittura, autoesegesi: voci autoriali intorno all’epica in volgare. Boccaccio, Tasso” --ETS Press, Pisa, 2011--Roberta Ricci has been awarded national grants (NEH, Renaissance Society of America), as well as fellowships (Bogliasco Foundation) and summer research grants from Bryn Mawr College (Faculty Grant, Center for International Studies). This study examines the presence and connections of four different literary codes --that of the author who writes, the author who comments his own work, of the reader, and of the literary critic—in two poems remarkable for their place within the cultural panorama of early-modern Italian literature: Boccaccio’s Teseida and Tasso’s Gerusalemme Liberata. In the history of the epics in Tuscan vernacular, Boccaccio’s public, prolix, and learned glosses written in the third person, on one hand, and Tasso’s private, complex, and ambivalent letters addressed to the intellectuals working at the Curia Romana, on the other, not only continue to raise philological, chronological, and theoretical issues connected to the genre par excellence, but also open a fruitful line of investigation on the authorial process of artistic invention and on literary self-consciousness. The book has received a total of five reviews in American and Italian peer reviewed journals: Renaissance Quarterly, Symposium, Rassegna della letteratura italiana, Studi italiani, and NIS.

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Primo Levi Levi Book Cover
2014, pp. 200, $24,00, New York, MLA Press, B00P60DYC0

The first part of this volume provides instructors with an overview of the available editions, anthologies, and translations of Levi’s work and identifies other useful classroom aids, such as films, music, and online resources. In the second part, contributors describe different approaches to teaching Levi’s work. Some, in presenting Survival in Auschwitz, The Reawakening, and The Drowned and the Saved, look at the place of style in Holocaust testimony and the reliability of memory in autobiography. Others focus on questions of translation, complicated by the untranslatable in the language and experiences of the concentration camps, or on how Levi incorporates his background as a chemist into his writing, most clearly in The Periodic Table.

Conference Brings Scholars to Campus to Discuss Poggio Bracciolini's Legacy Symposium

A symposium on Florentine Humanist Poggio Bracciolini brought more than 60 guests to campus on April 8 and 9, including Bryn Mawr College President Emeritus and Italian Renaissance Scholar Nancy Vickers. In addition to faculty from nearly every major local university, speakers came from New York University, Johns Hopkins University, and as far away as Europe. “The conference was excellent with many distinguished scholars presenting new contributions on Bracciolini, this extraordinary figure, and a wonderful way to show our strong intellectual tradition in the humanities here at Bryn Mawr College,” says symposium organizer and Associate Professor of Italian Roberta Ricci. Ricci, who has two articles published on Bracciolini’s literary work and his innovative script, plans to publish the proceedings of the symposium. The conference was held in honor of Goodhart, who was a member of the class of 1935. 

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