Laura Di Bianco

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Assistant Professor of Italian Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies in Italian

Program: Italian
Gilman 435
Wednesday 3:00 - 5:00pm

Laura Di Bianco holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from The Graduate Center, City University of New York (2014).

Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of Italian studies, film studies, women’s and gender studies and ecocriticism.

After earning her laurea at the University of “Roma Tre” in Film History and Criticism, she worked at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy’s national film school, as an iconographic researcher, curator and production coordinator for numerous documentary films, photo exhibitions and publications. Prior to joining the Hopkins faculty in 2016, she taught classes of film, literature, and language at different institutions such as CUNY, Hunter College, Fordham University and The New School University.

She has published articles in academic journals and volumes such as The Italianist Film and Italian Women Filmmakers and the Gendered Screen and is the reviews editor for the online journal “Gender| Sexuality| Italy.” She is currently working on her first book project—Le città delle donne. Female Authorship in Contemporary Italian Cinema, which investigates the representation of urban space and women’s subjectivity within the oeuvre of Italian women filmmakers such as Francesca Comencini, Alice Rohrwacher, Marina Spada, Roberta Torre, Alina Marazzi, Eleonora Danco, Irene Dionisio, and others. Her second book project – Crumbling Beauty – deals with ecological crisis in Italy, as represented in literary and cinematic production from the sixties to the present days.

Undergraduate courses

Italian Journeys: Landscapes of Memories and Desires (fall 2016)

Italian Eco-cinema: Inconvenient Truths from 1945 to 2015 (spring 2017)

Italian Cinema: The Classics, the Forgotten, and the Emergent (fall 2017)

Vagabonds and Ramblers: Space & Place in Women’s Cinema (spring 2018)


Graduate seminars

First-person Cinema: Ethics and Aesthetics of Italian Documentary Filmmaking (fall 2017)

Dissolving Margins: Space and Female Subjectivity in the Work of Elena Ferrante (spring 2017)

Flânerie and Female Authorship in Contemporary Italian Cinema (fall 2016)

Crumbling Beauty: Environmental Crisis in Italian Literature and Cinema (spring 2018)

Selection of Classes Taught at Other Institutions

Screening Contemporary Italian Literature (fall 2015)

Food and the Construction of Italian Identity (fall 2015)

Feast Your Eyes. Food and Film (fall 2013, 2014, 2015)

Modern Italian Novel (spring 2015)

Italian Literature from Middle Ages to the 16th Century (fall 2014).

Practical Film Analysis. Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria” (spring 2012)

Post-War Italian Women Writers (spring 2010)

“Gomorrah: Imma’s Dream of Domination” in The Italianist Film, 36:2, 312-317, August 5, 2016.

“Francesca Comencini: Women Outside the Polis” in Italian Political Cinema. Public Life, Imagery and Identity in Contemporary Italian Cinema. New York: Peter Lang, March 26, 2016.

“Francesca Comencini: Le città delle donne” in Le donne del cinema italiano: una mappa in divenire, e­ds. Lucia Cardone, Cristina Jandelli and Chiara Tognolotti. Barcelona: Quaderni del CSCI n. 11, November 2015.

“Naples’ City Views, Flat Space and Suspension of Time: Francesca Comencini’s Adaptation of Valeria Parella’s Lo spazio bianco.” Luci e Ombre, January 2014.

“Women in the Deserted City: Urban Space in Marina Spada's Cinema.” Italian Women Filmmakers and the Gendered Screen, ed. Maristella Cantini. New York and London: Palgrave, 2013.

“L’immagine salvifica dell'immigrato. Into paradiso di Paola Randi e Mozzarella stories di Edoardo De Angelis.” Italy A\R Migrazioni nel\del Cinema Italiano, ed. Vito Zagarrio. Barcelona: Quaderni del CSCI n. 8, 2012.

“Come l'ombra di Marina Spada.” Italy A\R Migrazioni nel\del Cinema Italiano, ed. Vito Zagarrio. Barcelona: Quaderni del CSCI n. 8, 2012.

“Toward an Italian Ecocinema: Raising Environmental Consciousness in the Bel Paese,” forthcoming, May 2018.