Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Laurea in Lettere Moderne summa cum laude from the University Pisa in Philology
Areas of Focus:
Philology, Paleography, History of the Manuscript, Medieval, Renaissance Studies, Film Studies, Comparative Literature.
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 Insiders and Outsiders, ITAL 235 The Italian Women's Movement (Counts toward Gender and Sexuality and Film Studies), ITAL 306 Youth in Italian Literature and Cinema (Counts toward Gender and Sexuality and Film Studies), and ITAL 255 Uomini d'onore in Sicilia (Counts toward Film Studies) (see the article on the Alumane Bulletin, August 2011), and ITAL 229 Food in Italian Literature, Culture and Cinema (Counts toward Film Studies).
Outside the college, she has served as a member of the juries to select recipients of NEH Summer Institute grants, on the Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Program Committee, 2015-2016, and wrote entries on Italian authors for the Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism series. She now serves as referee in the Nuova Rivista di Letteratura Italiana published by the University of Pisa, as a member of the Comitato Scientifico for the series "Voci Di Repertorio", Pacini-Fazzi Press, Lucca, and as a member of the Comitato scientifico for the Series Muliphein, Cenacolo di Ares Press.
For Scrittura, riscrittura, autoesegesi: voci autoriali intorno all’epica in volgare. Boccaccio,
Tasso --ETS Press, Pisa, 2011--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). The book has received reviews in Renaissance Quarterly, Symposium, Rassegna della letteratura italiana, Studi italiani, and Nemla Italian Studies.
Mindful of recent studies on gender and feminist scholarship, cities and space, marginal groups, and broader critical articulation of public and private life in the analysis of constructing identity, this monographic volume reflects closely upon such textual and cultural intersections. The bulk of the essays elaborates on questions connected with geo-political issues, pluralism, diversity, and ongoing social and moral interactions, reflecting on how strongly they resonate in early-modern time and today.
Ricci has also contributed with an essay titled: Umanesimo letterario, riforma grafica: Poggio Bracciolini editore, filologo e copista, pp. 2-38, Renaissance Dialogue. 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:http://news.brynmawr.edu/2013/07/30/italian-chair-roberta-ricci-travels-to-italy-to-study-the-work-of-poggio-bracciolini/
Approaches to Teaching the Works of Primo Levi
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
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. “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. The conference was held in honor of Goodhart, who was a member of the class of 1935.
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