Matteo Favaretto holds a Laurea in Classics from the University of Padua, a Ph.D. in Italian literature from the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, and a Ph.D. in Italian literature from Royal Holloway, University of London. At Notre Dame, he will be working on a project entitled "Repertorio dei prosimetri in volgare dalle Origini al 1500," funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship. After two years at Notre Dame, Dr. Favaretto will spend a year at Ca' Foscari completing the project.
Catherine Bloomer (Fall 2020)
Catherine Bloomer is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Italian and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, where she obtained her M.A. and M.Phil. in Italian literature. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from The New School and a B.A. in Italian and English literature with a concentration in Creative Writing from Barnard College. As a Research Visitor at the University of Notre Dame, she will focus on her dissertation that treats disability in Dante’s works and times.
Luca Naponiello (Fall 2020)
Luca Naponiello is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Italian and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. His research interests include 20th-century literature with a particular focus on folktales, ecocriticism, and narratology. As a Research Visitor at Notre Dame, he will work on his dissertation, in which he investigates ecological concerns in Italo Calvino’s work and the agency of natural elements in his Fiabe italiane. He studied Modern Philology at the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, the oldest continually operating university in the world. During his undergraduate career, he spent an academic year at the University of Warwick as an Erasmus fellow. Before moving to the United States, he taught Latin and Italian in several high schools in the Bologna area. He is currently the rapporteur for the Columbia University Seminar in Modern Italian Studies.