ABD., University of Pennsylvania
Office: Thomas Hall
Office phone: 610 526-
Office fax: 610 526-7479
Norman Rusin graduated cum laude in Communication Sciences and Journalism at the University of Trieste in 2007, and was appointed Cultore della materia in Italian Language and Literature. The same year he won the International Journalism Prize “Maria Grazia Cutuli”. His Italian dissertation analyzed journalistic language, focusing on language of embedded war reporters, through a semiotic perspective, based on Louis Hjelmslev’s linguistic theory.
Norman Rusin’s interests range from cinema to gender, and from journalism to literature. He is particularly interested in and fascinated by the Italian emigrant culture and its relationship with hosts’ cultures. He is completing his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is writing his dissertation on Italo Svevo as a Mittel-European writer and journalist. In this research, Mr. Rusin analyzes Italo Svevo’s newspaper articles, published for L’Indipendente (1880-1890) and for La Nazione and Il popolo di Trieste (1919-1928), in order to explore the author’s literary self at the border with two kingdoms—the Italian and the Austro-Hungarian—absorbing and proposing West-, North-, and Mittel-European cultural inputs, while translating and discussing the broader social discourse to which he belonged.Outside academia, Mr. Rusin is particularly interested in jazz and blues music, and sports, especially running.