Senior Lecturer
Italian
O'Rahilly Building
University College Cork
College Road
Cork, Ireland

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My primary areas of research include the modern and contemporary Italian novel, textual representations of space and place, Tuscan writers, Italian women prose writers, travel writing, eco-criticism, literature and the Holocaust, questions of identity and alterity and the text, among others. My publications in these areas include two edited collections of essays, as well as scholarly articles, book chapters, and a monograph entitled Tuscan Spaces: Literary Constructions of Place (U of Toronto P, 2010). Currently I am working on an interdisciplinary project entitled 'Identity and Conflict in Tuscany’ and am developing an international research network on 'Tuscan Studies'. I am interested in supervising PhD students and mentoring Post-Doctoral researchers in these and other, related fields.

I was educated in Canada, Italy and the United States.

I earned my BA in Italian and French from the University of Toronto in 1989 and spent my third year abroad at the Università degli Studi di Firenze. I did my graduate work in Italian literature at the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), where I obtained my MA in 1992 and my PhD in 1996, and spent three semesters at the Charles S. Singleton Centre, Villa Spelman, Florence. While completing my dissertation, I taught Italian language at Duke University in Durham, NC in the Department of Romance Studies for two years, as Visiting Lecturer.


I took up my post in the Italian Department at University College Cork in 1996 and have been Senior Lecturer since 2008. I was Associate Dean and Head of the Graduate School of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (CACSSS) from Jan 2011 to Sept 2013. The Graduate School delivers doctoral training, oversees postgraduate funding and runs a variety of activities that enhance the research culture of the College. 

 

I am currently a member of the steering committee for UCC's Athena Swan bronze application. Since Sept 2015 I am director of UCC's BA International programme of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences in which students spend their third year studying at a foreign university.

Research Interests

-Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Italian Literature

-Tuscan Writers

-Space and Literature

-Travel Writing

-Twentieth-Century Italian Women Writers

-Ecocriticism

-Literature and the Holocaust

 

My research centres on questions of space, place and identity in the text, in particular in twentieth-century works set in Tuscany. My monograph, Tuscan Spaces: Literary Constructions of Place (U of Toronto P, 2010) examines the role of spatial representation and questions of identity and alterity in a variety of authors, Italian and non-Italian, including Federigo Tozzi, Aldo Palazzeschi, Vasco Pratolini, E. M. Forster, Dario Argento, Frances Mayes, David Leavitt and Mark Mitchell, and Elena Gianini  Belotti. The book has been reviewed in the journals Annali d’Italianistica (501-03),  Studies in Travel Writing, the Journal of Modern Italian StudiesForum Italicum, and Corriere della Sera, among others.

My other primary area of interest is Travel Writing, and I have co-edited a volume, Mediterranean Travels: Writing Self and Other from the Ancient World to Contemporary Society (Legenda, 2011), to which I contributed a chapter on the role of food and identity in contemporary American travel narratives set in Central Italy (Nabhan and Mayes). I have also co-edited a volume of essays on gender and Italian culture, entitled Gendered Contexts: New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies (Peter Lang, 1996). I have also published articles and book chapters in my areas of specialization.

My current research revolves around the concept of identity and sites of conflict in Tuscany. I am finishing a monograph entitled Subverted Sites: Textual Representations of Conflict in Tuscany, which includes chapters ranging from Palazzeschi; Fallaci; Tabucchi; Nesi; Origo; and Ondaatje; to Harris and Scott's Hannibal and Giuttari's Monster of Florence. The book proposal has received interest from both Legenda and McGill-Queen's University Press (forthcoming 2016).

In addition, I co-organized (with Prof Claire Honess, Leeds) an interdisciplinary conference on this theme entitled  ‘Identity and Conflict in Tuscany’, funded by the Society for Italian Studies, the UCC Strategic Research Fund, the Department of Italian (UCC) and Leeds University, School of Modern Languages. I also co-organized a follow-up conference at the Monash University Prato Centre, entitled 'Tuscan Territories: Rural-Urban Dynamics.' The conferences will result in co-edited volumes (one under review with Firenze University Press; the other in progress) and served to start up an international research network on Tuscan Studies.


Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Italian Vistas - Mobilities, Texts, and Inter-Texts of Nineteenthy-Century Italian and Anglophone Women Travel Writers.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1430-SEP-17€72,000.00
Identity and Conflict in TuscanyOther: Not Listed01-JAN-1301-SEP-14€6,185.00
Italian Contemporary Narrative and the Theme of Femminicidio.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1430-SEP-18€88,885.00

Books

YearPublication
(2010)Tuscan Spaces: Literary Constructions of Place.
Ross, Silvia; (2010) Tuscan Spaces: Literary Constructions of Place. Toronto: University of Toronto P. Globe icon [Details]

Edited Books

YearPublication
(2015)Identity and Conflict in Tuscany
Ross, Silvia; Honess, Claire (Ed.). (2015) Identity and Conflict in Tuscany Identity and Conflict in Tuscany. Florence: Firenze University Press, under review. [Details]
(2014)Modern Language Notes, Special Issue in Honor of Eduardo Saccone
Ross, Silvia and Mark Chu (Ed.). (2014) Modern Language Notes, Special Issue in Honor of Eduardo Saccone Modern Language Notes, Special Issue in Honor of Eduardo Saccone. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. [Details]
(2011)Mediterranean Travels: Writing Self and Other from the Ancient World to Contemporary Society
Patrick Crowley, Noreen Humble, Silvia Ross (Ed.). (2011) Mediterranean Travels: Writing Self and Other from the Ancient World to Contemporary Society Mediterranean Travels: Writing Self and Other from the Ancient World to Contemporary Society. Oxford: Legenda. [Details]
(1996)Gendered Contexts: New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies
Ross, Silvia, Laura Benedetti and Julia Hairston (Ed.). (1996) Gendered Contexts: New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies Gendered Contexts: New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies. New York: Peter Lang. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'Palazzeschi's vecchie inglesi and the Performance of Difference in Stampe dell'800'
Ross, Silvia (2014) 'Palazzeschi's vecchie inglesi and the Performance of Difference in Stampe dell'800'. Mln-Modern Language Notes, 129 (3S):140-150 [Details]
(2014)'In memoriam Eduardo Saccone (1938-2008)'
Ross, Silvia and Mark Chu (2014) 'In memoriam Eduardo Saccone (1938-2008)'. Mln-Modern Language Notes, 129 (3S):1-6 [Details]
(2014)'Review of: The Poetics of the Margins: Mapping Europe from the Interstices, Ed. by Rossella M. Riccobono'
Ross, Silvia (2014) 'Review of: The Poetics of the Margins: Mapping Europe from the Interstices, Ed. by Rossella M. Riccobono'. Modern Language Review, 109 (4):1059-1061 [Details]
(2014)''Globalizzazione e alterita'. I cinesi di Edoardo Nesi''
Ross, Silvia (2014) ''Globalizzazione e alterita'. I cinesi di Edoardo Nesi''. Narrativa nuova serie, 35/36 :143-155 [Details]
(2013)'‘Space, Place and Italian Literature: Writing a Region’'
Ross, Silvia (2013) '‘Space, Place and Italian Literature: Writing a Region’'. Italian Studies, 68 (3):448-459 [Details]
(2012)'‘Travel, Conflict and Alterity: Representations of World War II Italy in Eric Newby and Iris Origo’'
Ross, Silvia (2012) '‘Travel, Conflict and Alterity: Representations of World War II Italy in Eric Newby and Iris Origo’'. Studies In Travel Writing, 16 (2):149-162 [Details]
(2009)''Home and Away: Mayes, Leavitt, and Mitchell's Tuscany and the Italian 'Other'''
Ross, Silvia; (2009) ''Home and Away: Mayes, Leavitt, and Mitchell's Tuscany and the Italian 'Other'''. Studies in Travel Writing, 13 (1):43-58 [Details]
(2007)''Subverting Stereotypes of Aging in Elena Gianini Belotti's Adagio un poco mosso''
Ross, Silvia; (2007) ''Subverting Stereotypes of Aging in Elena Gianini Belotti's Adagio un poco mosso''. Italica, 84 (2-3):422-437 [Details]
(2005)''The Fascist Body Politic and Florentine Space: The Signora in Vasco Pratolini's Cronache di poveri amanti''
Ross, Silvia; (2005) ''The Fascist Body Politic and Florentine Space: The Signora in Vasco Pratolini's Cronache di poveri amanti''. Italian Studies, 60 (1):60-70 [Details]
(2004)'Review of Italian Environmental Literature: An Anthology'
Ross, Silvia; (2004) 'Review of Italian Environmental Literature: An Anthology'. Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 9 (4):504-506 [Details]
(2003)''Mio cugino Aldo: Una testimonianza su Palazzeschi''
Ross, Silvia; (2003) ''Mio cugino Aldo: Una testimonianza su Palazzeschi''. The Italianist, 23 (i):163-174 [Details]
(2003)''Calvino and Animals: The Multiple Functions of Marcovaldo's Poisonous Rabbit''
Ross, Silvia; (2003) ''Calvino and Animals: The Multiple Functions of Marcovaldo's Poisonous Rabbit''. Spunti e Ricerche, 18 (*):29-40 [Details]
(2001)''Tuscan Environments and Italian Identities in Gary Paul Nabhan and Frances Mayes''
Ross, Silvia; (2001) ''Tuscan Environments and Italian Identities in Gary Paul Nabhan and Frances Mayes''. Cahiers de l Universite de Perpignan, 32 (Arts et Identité Rég):171-185 [Details]
(2000)''From Start to Finish: Intertextual Roads of Reading between Manzoni, Tozzi and Calvino''
Ross, Silvia; (2000) ''From Start to Finish: Intertextual Roads of Reading between Manzoni, Tozzi and Calvino''. Annali d'italianistica, 18 (*):293-308 [Details]
(1998)''Resistance and the Carnivalesque in Vasco Pratolini's Cronache di poveri amanti''
Ross, Silvia; (1998) ''Resistance and the Carnivalesque in Vasco Pratolini's Cronache di poveri amanti''. Italian Culture, XVI (*):183-196 [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2017)''The Space of the Older Woman in Elena Gianini Belotti’s Fiction''
Ross, Silvia (2017) ''The Space of the Older Woman in Elena Gianini Belotti’s Fiction'' In: Storchi, Simona; Spunta, Marina (eds). Women and the Public Sphere in Modern and Contemporary Italy. Leicester: Troubadour. [Details]
(2015)'‘Romany Alterity in Florence: Tabucchi’s Gli zingari e il Rinascimento’'
Ross, Silvia (2015) '‘Romany Alterity in Florence: Tabucchi’s Gli zingari e il Rinascimento’' In: Ross, Silvia; Honess, Claire (eds). Identity and Conflict in Tuscany. Florence: Firenze University Press. [Details]
(2015)''Introduction: Identity and Conflict in Tuscany''
Ross, Silvia; Honess, Claire (2015) ''Introduction: Identity and Conflict in Tuscany'' In: Ross, Silvia; Honess, Claire (eds). Identity and Conflict in Tuscany. Florence: Firenze University Press. [Details]
(2014)''Promoting Understanding of Petrarch's Canzoniere through Popular Music''
Ross, Silvia; (2014) ''Promoting Understanding of Petrarch's Canzoniere through Popular Music'' In: Christopher Kleinhenz and Andrea Dini (eds). Approaches to Teaching Petrarch's Canzoniere and Petrarchism. NY: MLA Book Publications. [Details]
(2011)''Eating Italian: Consuming the Other's Culture in Travel Writing by Frances Mayes and Gary Paul Nabhan''
Ross, Silvia; (2011) ''Eating Italian: Consuming the Other's Culture in Travel Writing by Frances Mayes and Gary Paul Nabhan'' In: Changing Conceptions of the Other: Travel Writing in the Mediterranean from the Ancient World to Contemporary Society. Oxford: Legenda. [Details]
(2011)''The Mediterranean Turn''
Crowley, Patrick; Noreen Humble; Silvia Ross (2011) ''The Mediterranean Turn'' In: Mediterranean Travels: Writing Self and Other from the Ancient World to Contemporary Society. Oxford: Legenda. [Details]
(2007)''The Myth of the Etruscans in Travel Literature in English''
Ross, Silvia; (2007) ''The Myth of the Etruscans in Travel Literature in English'' In: Myths of Europe. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi. [Details]
(2003)''Remembering Betrayal: The Roman Ghetto's Pantera Nera (Black Panther) in Elena Gianini Belotti and Giuseppe Pederiali''
Ross, Silvia; (2003) ''Remembering Betrayal: The Roman Ghetto's Pantera Nera (Black Panther) in Elena Gianini Belotti and Giuseppe Pederiali'' In: Cultural Memory: Essays on European Literature and History. Berne: Peter Lang. [Details]
(2002)''Aldo Palazzeschi''
Ross, Silvia; (2002) ''Aldo Palazzeschi'' In: Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 264: Italian Prose Writers, 1900-1945. Detroit: Gale Research. [Details]
(2001)''Forster's Florence and the Stendhal Syndrome''
Ross, Silvia; (2001) ''Forster's Florence and the Stendhal Syndrome'' In: The Poetics of Place: Florence Imagined. Florence: Olschki. [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2003)'Biennial Conference of the Society for Italian Studies (UCC, 4-6 July 2004)' in Bulletin of the Society for Italian Studies.
Ross, Silvia and Chu, Mark; (2003) 'Biennial Conference of the Society for Italian Studies (UCC, 4-6 July 2004)' in Bulletin of the Society for Italian Studies. *, *. [Details]
(2000)'Environmental Values (UCC, 23-25 June 2000)' in Bulletin of the Society for Italian Studies.
Ross, Silvia; (2000) 'Environmental Values (UCC, 23-25 June 2000)' in Bulletin of the Society for Italian Studies. *, *. [Details]

Articles

YearPublication
(2008)'Workshops for Humanities Doctoral Students'.
Ross, Silvia; (2008) 'Workshops for Humanities Doctoral Students'. Articles [Details]
(2008)'Graduate Conference in Italian Studies'.
Ross, Silvia; (2008) 'Graduate Conference in Italian Studies'. Articles [Details]
(2006)'Postgraduate Studies in the Department of Italian'.
Ross, Silvia; (2006) 'Postgraduate Studies in the Department of Italian'. Articles [Details]

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2015)NEMLA,
Ross, Silvia (2015) 'Ondaatje’s Tuscany: Cross Cultural Intersections in a (Post-Modern) Warzone'. [Oral Presentation], NEMLA, Toronto, ON , 30-APR-15 - 02-MAY-15. [Details]
(2015)Dante Public Lecture Series 2015,
Ross, Silvia (2015) 'Dante and Conflict: Florence Then and Now'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Dante Public Lecture Series 2015, University College Cork , 03-FEB-15 - 03-FEB-15. [Details]
(2014)Genius loci: Galileo and Florence,
Ross, SIlvia (2014) 'Florence as Locus of Evil Genius: Conflict, the Monster of Florence, and Hannibal'. [Oral Presentation], Genius loci: Galileo and Florence, Florence University of the Arts, Florence , 07-NOV-14 - 08-NOV-14. [Details]
(2014)Tuscan Territories: Rural-Urban Dynamics,
Ross, Silvia (2014) 'True Crime in the Tuscan Hills: Textual Accounts of the Monster of Florence in Giuttari & Lucarelli and Preston & Spezi'. [Oral Presentation], Tuscan Territories: Rural-Urban Dynamics, Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Italy , 19-JUN-14 - 20-JUN-14. [Details]
(2014)AAIS Convention,
Ross, Silvia (2014) ‘Silvia Avallone’s Acciaio and the Industrialized Spaces of the Tuscan Coast’. [Oral Presentation], AAIS Convention, Zurich, Switzerland , 23-MAY-14 - 25-JUN-14. [Details]
(2013)La Littérature Italienne à l’Époque de la Globalisation,
Ross, Silvia (2013) ‘Globalizzazione e alterità. I cinesi di Edoardo Nesi’. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], La Littérature Italienne à l’Époque de la Globalisation, Université Paris Ouest, Nanterre La Défense , 16-MAY-13 - 18-MAY-13. [Details]
(2013)Identity and Conflict in Tuscany,
Ross, Silvia (2013) ‘Romany Alterity in Florence: Tabucchi’s Gli zingari e il Rinascimento’,. [Oral Presentation], Identity and Conflict in Tuscany, University College Cork , 13-MAY-13 - 13-MAY-13. [Details]
(2013)Rua de Saudade, Conference on Antonio Tabucchi,
Ross, Silvia (2013) ‘Tabucchi’s Florence and the Rom’. [Oral Presentation], Rua de Saudade, Conference on Antonio Tabucchi, University College Cork , 22-MAR-13 - 22-MAR-13. [Details]
(2013)EUA Conference on Doctoral Education,
Ross, Silvia; Adam, Fredric; Kelly, Alan (2013) ‘Doctoral Education in the 21st Century: The Impact of the Structured PhD on the Multi-Disciplinary Dilemma’. [Oral Presentation], EUA Conference on Doctoral Education, Turin, Italy , 17-JAN-13 - 18-JAN-13. [Details]
(2013)Italian Studies in Ireland One-Day Research Colloquium,,
Ross, Silvia (2013) ‘Identity and Conflict in Tuscany: A Collaborative Research Project’. [Oral Presentation], Italian Studies in Ireland One-Day Research Colloquium,, Trinity College Dublin , 02-FEB-13 - 02-FEB-13. [Details]
(2013)Florence: A City of Many Appetites,
Ross, Silvia (2013) ‘Food and Identity: Consuming the Tuscan Other’s Culture in Frances Mayes’s Travel Writing’. [Oral Presentation], Florence: A City of Many Appetites, Florence University of the Arts, Florence , 08-NOV-13 - 09-NOV-13. [Details]
(2012)CSIS Conference,
Ross, Silvia (2012) ‘Palazzeschi’s vecchie inglesi and the Performance of Difference in Stampe dell'800’. [Oral Presentation], CSIS Conference, Waterloo, ON , 24-MAY-12 - 26-MAY-12. [Details]
(2012)AAIS Convention,
Ross, Silvia (2012) ‘Chinese ‘Others’ in Prato: Edoardo Nesi’s Storia della mia gente’. [Oral Presentation], AAIS Convention, Charleston, SC , 03-MAY-12 - 05-MAY-12. [Details]
(2012)Italian Studies in Ireland One-Day Research Colloquium,
Ross, Silvia (2012) ‘Mediterranean Travels: Food and Identity in Gary Paul Nabhan’s Italy’. [Oral Presentation], Italian Studies in Ireland One-Day Research Colloquium, UCC , 03-FEB-12 - 03-FEB-12. [Details]
(2012)Postgraduate Conference, Graduate School, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences,
Ross, Silvia (2012) conference for research postgraduates in the Humanities and Social Sciences. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Postgraduate Conference, Graduate School, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC , 10-NOV-12 - 10-NOV-12. [Details]
(2011)‘Re-presentations of 9/11: A Workshop’,
Ross, Silvia (2011) ‘Oriana Fallaci’s The Rage and the Pride: 9/11, Terror and the Monument’. ‘Re-presentations of 9/11: A Workshop’, University College Cork , 10-SEP-11 - 10-SEP-11. [Details]
(2011)'Re-presentations of 9/11’ Study Day,
Ross, Silvia (2011) Workshop on 10th anniversary of 9/11 as part of CACSSS Research Showcase. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 'Re-presentations of 9/11’ Study Day, University College Cork, , 10-SEP-11 - 10-SEP-11. [Details]
(2011)Postgraduate Conference, Graduate School, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences,
Ross, Silvia (2011) conference for research postgraduates in the Humanities and Social Sciences. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Postgraduate Conference, Graduate School, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC , 12-NOV-11 - 12-NOV-11. [Details]
(2011)Workshop on ‘Identities’,
Ross, Silvia (2011) ‘Florentine Identity and the Other: Antonio Tabucchi’s Representation of the Romany Community’. [Oral Presentation], Workshop on ‘Identities’, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, University College Cork, , 13-SEP-11 - 13-SEP-11. [Details]
(2011)Society for Italian Studies Conference,
Ross, Silvia (2011) ‘Graduate Studies in Italian: Present and Future’. [Oral Presentation], Society for Italian Studies Conference, St. Andrew’s University, Scotland , 06-JUL-11 - 09-JUL-11. [Details]
(2011)Canadian Society for Italian Studies Conference,
Ross, Silvia (2011) ‘Others in Florence: Tabucchi’s Rom’. [Oral Presentation], Canadian Society for Italian Studies Conference, Venice , 24-JUN-11 - 26-JUN-11. [Details]
(2010)'Religion and Heresy', SIS Interim Conference,
Ross, Silvia; (2010) 'Terror and the Monument: Oriana Fallaci's La rabbia e l'orgoglio'. [Oral Presentation], 'Religion and Heresy', SIS Interim Conference, Venice , 16-APR-10 - 17-APR-10. [Details]
(2010)‘Roundtable in Honour of Eduardo Saccone’, Renaissance Society of America Annual Convention,
Ross, Silvia and Walter Stephens (2010) Roundtable in memory of Professor Saccone with four presenters. [N/A], ‘Roundtable in Honour of Eduardo Saccone’, Renaissance Society of America Annual Convention, Venice, , 08-APR-10 - 10-APR-10. [Details]
(2010)Graduate Conference in Italian Studies’,
Ross, Silvia (2010) one-day conference for MPhil/PhD students in Italian Studies. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Graduate Conference in Italian Studies’, UCC , 27-FEB-10 - 27-FEB-10. [Details]
(2010)Ordnance: War, Architecture and Space,
Ross, Silvia; (2010) 'The Villa as Conflict Zone in World War II Italy: Iris Origo's War in Val d'Orcia'. [Oral Presentation], Ordnance: War, Architecture and Space, University College Cork , 16-SEP-10 - 18-SEP-10. [Details]
(2009)Metropolitan Desires,
Ross, Silvia; (2009) 'Aldo Palazzeschi's Florence: Sexuality and Liminal Spaces in The Sisters Materassi'. [Oral Presentation], Metropolitan Desires, Manchester Metropolitan University , 08-SEP-09 - 09-SEP-09. [Details]
(2009)Graduate Conference in Italian Studies,
Ross, Silvia (2009) Conference for MPhil/PhD students in Italian Studies. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Graduate Conference in Italian Studies, UCC , 21-FEB-09 - 21-FEB-09. [Details]
(2009)Con(tra)vention: Crime and the Boundaries of Genre,
Ross, Silvia; (2009) `True Crime in Tuscany: Textual Accounts of the Monster of Florence in Giuttari & Lucarelli and Preston & Spezi'. [Oral Presentation], Con(tra)vention: Crime and the Boundaries of Genre, University College Cork , 26-JUN-09 - 27-JUN-09. [Details]
(2009)American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS) Convention,
Ross, Silvia; (2009) 'Rural and Urban Spaces: Vertigo and Legendary Psychasthenia in Tozzi's Tuscany'. [Oral Presentation], American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS) Convention, New York, NY , 07-MAY-09 - 10-MAY-09. [Details]
(2008)Joint AAIS/AATI Convention,
Ross, Silvia; (2008) Travel in the Mediterranean: Representing the Other. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Joint AAIS/AATI Convention, Taormina, Sicily , 22-MAY-08 - 25-MAY-08. [Details]
(2008)Giornata di studi in honour of Prof. Eduardo Saccone,
Ross, Silvia; (2008) Conference organizer. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Giornata di studi in honour of Prof. Eduardo Saccone, UCC , 19-MAY-08 - 19-MAY-08. [Details]
(2008)Plenary speaker, Annual Meeting of the Teachers of Italian in Ireland,
Ross, Silvia; (2008) 'Seminario su Lia Levi, Una bambina e basta'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Plenary speaker, Annual Meeting of the Teachers of Italian in Ireland, Dublin , 15-NOV-08 - 15-NOV-08. [Details]
(2008)Graduate Conference in Italian Studies,
Ross, Silvia (2008) Colloquium for MPhil/PhD students in Italian Studies. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Graduate Conference in Italian Studies, UCC , 01-MAR-08 - 01-MAR-08. [Details]
(2008)Joint AAIS/AATI Convention,
Ross, Silvia; (2008) 'Eating Italian: Consuming the Other¿s Culture in Travel Writing by Frances Mayes and Gary Paul Nabhan'. [Oral Presentation], Joint AAIS/AATI Convention, Taormina, Sicily , 22-MAY-08 - 25-MAY-08. [Details]
(2008)Giornata di studi in honour of Prof. Eduardo Saccone,
Ross, Silvia; (2008) 'Palazzeschi: Sexuality, Alterity and Space in Le Sorelle Materassi'. [Oral Presentation], Giornata di studi in honour of Prof. Eduardo Saccone, University College Cork , 19-MAY-08 - 19-MAY-08. [Details]
(2007)UCC Seminar on `Postgraduate Training in Arts, Humanities, Commerce and Social Science,
Ross, Silvia; (2007) 'Professional Training of Research Postgraduates'. [Invited Oral Presentation], UCC Seminar on `Postgraduate Training in Arts, Humanities, Commerce and Social Science, Cork , 27-JUN-07 - 27-JUN-07. [Details]
(2005)Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference, ,,
Ross, Silvia; (2005) Subverting Stereotypes of Aging in Elena Gianini Belotti’s Adagio un poco mosso. [Oral Presentation], Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference, ,, Salford/Manchester/Manchester Metropolitan Universities , 07-JUL-05 - 10-JUL-05. [Details]
(2005)MLA [Modern Languages Association],
Ross, Silvia; (2005) 'Travel Writing in and out of Italy: Representations of the Other': panel organized for the Division of 17th, 18th, and 19th C Italian Lit. [Conference Organising Committee Member], MLA [Modern Languages Association], Washington, DC , 27-DEC-05 - 30-DEC-05. [Details]
(2005)Panel on `Travel Writing in and out of Italy: Representations of the Other',
Ross, Silvia; (2005) Session organizer and chair. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Panel on `Travel Writing in and out of Italy: Representations of the Other', MLA Convention, Washington, DC , 27-DEC-05 - 30-DEC-05. [Details]
(2004)Critical and Cultural Trajectories,
Ross, Silvia; (2004) Up at the Villa: Tuscan Abodes and Italian Otherness in Contemporary American Travel Literature. [Invited Oral Presentation], Critical and Cultural Trajectories, University of Essex, Colchester, UK , 30-JUN-04 - 03-JUL-04. [Details]
(2003)The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, UCC,
Ross, Silvia; Chu, Mark and Rascaroli, Laura; (2003) 'The Development and Delivery of a Team Taught Course and the Portfolio Experience'. [Oral Presentation], The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, UCC, UCC , 23-MAY-03 - 24-MAY-03. [Details]
(2003)Teaching Portfolio Presentations,
Ross, Silvia and Crowley, Patrick; (2003) 'Postgraduate Supervision'. [Oral Presentation], Teaching Portfolio Presentations, UCC , 05-MAR-03 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2003)MLA [Modern Languages Association],
Ross, Silvia; (2003) 'Nature and Animals in 17th, 18th, 19th C Italian Literature': organized session for the Division of 17th, 18th, 19th C Italian Lit. [Conference Organising Committee Member], MLA [Modern Languages Association], San Diego, CA , 27-DEC-03 - 30-DEC-03. [Details]
(2003)*,
Ross, Silvia; (2003) ‘Florence, the Stendhal Syndrome, and Dario Argento’. [Invited Oral Presentation], *, European Studies Research Institute, University of Salford , 25-OCT-03 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2003)Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference,
Ross, Silvia; (2003) The Fascist Body Politic and Florentine Space: the Signora in Vasco Pratolini’s Cronache di poveri amanti. [Oral Presentation], Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference, University College Cork , 04-JUL-03 - 06-JUL-03. [Details]
(2003)Biennial Conference of the Society for Italian Studies,
Ross, Silvia and Chu, Mark; (2003) Conference Co-organizer. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Biennial Conference of the Society for Italian Studies, University College Cork , 04-JUL-03 - 06-JUL-03. [Details]
(2002)Teaching Portfolio Presentations,
Ross, Silvia; (2002) 'Towards Student Understanding in Teaching Dante'. [Oral Presentation], Teaching Portfolio Presentations, UCC , 19-FEB-02 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2002)Italian Department Research Seminars,
Ross, Silvia; (2002) 'Revisiting the Shoah in Italy: Two Contemporary Literary Responses to Betrayal'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Italian Department Research Seminars, UCC , 07-FEB-02 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2002)Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia,
Ross, Silvia; (2002) 'Elena Gianini Belotti e lo spazio della donna anziana'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia, Dipartimento di Italianistica e Filologia Romanza, , 08-MAY-02 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2002)Royal Irish Academy Modern Languages Symposium on 'Travel Literature',
Ross, Silvia; (2002) 'Home and Away: Contemporary Anglophone Travel Writers in Italy'. [Oral Presentation], Royal Irish Academy Modern Languages Symposium on 'Travel Literature', National University of Ireland, Galway , 08-NOV-02 - 09-NOV-02. [Details]
(2002)Teaching Portfolio Presentations,
Ross, Silvia; (2002) 'Medieval Pop, or, Student Understanding of Petrarch's Poetry'. [Oral Presentation], Teaching Portfolio Presentations, UCC , 22-NOV-02 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2002)*,
Ross, Silvia; (2002) 'Aldo Palazzeschi's Stampe dell'800'. [Invited Oral Presentation], *, Dipartimento di Italianistica, Università di Udine , 06-MAY-02 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2002)'Myths of Europe', 8th Pisa-Leicester Colloquium of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on 'European Literatures in Transition',
Ross, Silvia; (2002) 'The Myth of the Etruscans in Travel Literature in English'. [Oral Presentation], 'Myths of Europe', 8th Pisa-Leicester Colloquium of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on 'European Literatures in Transition', Università di Pisa, Italy , 13-SEP-02 - 15-SEP-02. [Details]
(2002)Italian Department Research Seminars,
Ross, Silvia; (2002) 'Picturing Italy and Italians in Contemporary Travel Writing in English'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Italian Department Research Seminars, UCC , 14-NOV-02 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2001)Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference,
Ross, Silvia; (2001) 'Aldo Palazzeschi's Florence: From Futurism to Realism'. [Oral Presentation], Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference, University of Exeter , 30-MAR-01 - 01-APR-01. [Details]
(2001)'ECRIRE AU FEMININ', Journée internationale d'étude, CERCLI - Centre d'Études et de Recherches sur la Culture et la Littérature de l'Italie,
Ross, Silvia; (2001) 'Lo spazio della donna anziana in Elena Gianini Belotti'. [Invited Oral Presentation], 'ECRIRE AU FEMININ', Journée internationale d'étude, CERCLI - Centre d'Études et de Recherches sur la Culture et la Littérature de l'Italie, Université de Rennes 2-Haute Bretagne , 12-MAY-01 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2001)AAIS [American Association for Italian Studies] Convention,
Ross, Silvia; (2001) 'Marcovaldo's White Rabbit: Animals and Nature in Italo Calvino'. [Oral Presentation], AAIS [American Association for Italian Studies] Convention, Philadelphia , 19-APR-01 - 22-APR-01. [Details]
(2001)Congresso AATI [American Association of Teachers of Italian],
Ross, Silvia; (2001) 'Memory and the Shoah: The Roman Ghetto's Pantera Nera in Elena Gianini Belotti and Giuseppe Pederiali'. [Oral Presentation], Congresso AATI [American Association of Teachers of Italian], Treviso-Venezia, Italy , 28-MAY-01 - 01-JUN-01. [Details]
(2000)Environmental Values,
Ross, Silvia and Rowlands, Mark; (2000) *. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Environmental Values, UCC , 23-JUN-00 - 25-JUN-00. [Details]
(2000)AAIS [American Association for Italian Studies] Convention,
Ross, Silvia; (2000) 'The Space of the Older Woman in Elena Gianini Belotti'. [Oral Presentation], AAIS [American Association for Italian Studies] Convention, New York , 13-APR-00 - 16-APR-00. [Details]
(2000)'Writing the Environment',
Ross, Silvia; (2000) 'From Self-Improvement to Home-Improvement: Representations of Italian Environments in Gary Paul Nabhan and Frances Mayes'. [Oral Presentation], 'Writing the Environment', University of East London, Docklands Conference Centre, London , 06-SEP-00 - 08-SEP-00. [Details]
(2000)Conference on Cross-Currents in Literature: 'The Sublime and the City',
Ross, Silvia; (2000) 'Florence and the Sublime: The Stendhal Syndrome in Literature and Film (Stendhal, Forster, Ivory, Argento)'. [Oral Presentation], Conference on Cross-Currents in Literature: 'The Sublime and the City', School of Language and Literature, UCC , 28-APR-00 - 30-APR-00. [Details]
(2000)International Regional Studies Colloquium on 'Arts et Identité Régionale/The Arts and Regional Identity',
Ross, Silvia; (2000) 'Tuscan Environments and Italian Identities in Gary Paul Nabhan and Frances Mayes'. [Invited Oral Presentation], International Regional Studies Colloquium on 'Arts et Identité Régionale/The Arts and Regional Identity', Université de Perpignan, France , 21-SEP-00 - 23-SEP-00. [Details]
(2000)Royal Irish Academy Modern Languages Symposium on 'Cultural Memory',
Ross, Silvia; (2000) 'Remembering Betrayal: The Roman Ghetto's 'Pantera Nera' (Black Panther) in E. Gianini Belotti and G. Pederiali'. [Oral Presentation], Royal Irish Academy Modern Languages Symposium on 'Cultural Memory', NUI Dublin , 10-NOV-00 - 11-NOV-00. [Details]
(2000)City and Identity: The Italian City in the Industrial Era, ASMI Conference,
Ross, Silvia; (2000) 'Industrial Florence in Vasco Pratolini's La costanza della ragione'. [Oral Presentation], City and Identity: The Italian City in the Industrial Era, ASMI Conference, University College London , 24-NOV-00 - 25-NOV-00. [Details]
(2000)MLA [Modern Languages Association] Convention,
Ross, Silvia; (2000) 'The Notte dell'Apocalisse in Cronache di poveri amanti: Novel and Film'. [Oral Presentation], MLA [Modern Languages Association] Convention, Washington, DC , 27-DEC-00 - 20-DEC-00. [Details]
(1999)Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference,
Ross, Silvia; (1999) 'Calvino's Ecologies: The Environment in Le città invisibili'. [Oral Presentation], Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference, University of Bristol , 09-APR-99 - 11-APR-99. [Details]
(1998)VII Annual Conference on Cross-Currents in Literature: 'Space in Literature and Film',
Ross, Silvia and Hegarty, Paul; (1998) *. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], VII Annual Conference on Cross-Currents in Literature: 'Space in Literature and Film', School of Language and Literature, UCC , 24-APR-98 - 26-APR-98. [Details]
(1998)AAIS [American Association for Italian Studies] Convention,
Ross, Silvia; (1998) 'The Construction of Space in Gianna Manzini'. [Oral Presentation], AAIS [American Association for Italian Studies] Convention, Chicago , 02-APR-98 - 05-APR-98. [Details]
(1997)AAIS [American Association for Italian Studies] Convention,
Ross, Silvia; (1997) 'Resistance and the Carnivalesque: Florentine Festivals in Vasco Pratolini's Cronache di poveri amanti'. [Oral Presentation], AAIS [American Association for Italian Studies] Convention, Winston-Salem, NC , 20-FEB-97 - 23-FEB-97. [Details]
(1997)Royal Irish Academy Symposium on 'Intertextuality: Continuities & Discontinuities',
Ross, Silvia; (1997) 'From Start to Finish: the Roads between Calvino, Tozzi and Manzoni'. [Oral Presentation], Royal Irish Academy Symposium on 'Intertextuality: Continuities & Discontinuities', Trinity College Dublin , 07-NOV-97 - 08-NOV-97. [Details]
(1997)VI Annual Conference on Cross-Currents in Literature: 'Metafiction',
Ross, Silvia and Cox, Fiona; (1997) *. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], VI Annual Conference on Cross-Currents in Literature: 'Metafiction', School of Language and Literature, UCC , 25-APR-97 - 26-APR-97. [Details]
(1997)Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies Annual Colloquium: 'Interdisciplinarity',
Ross, Silvia; (1997) 'Literature and Cultural Geography: Festivals in Vasco Pratolini's Florence'. [Plenary Lecture], Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies Annual Colloquium: 'Interdisciplinarity', University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada , 23-OCT-97 - 24-OCT-97. [Details]
(1996)MLA [Modern Languages Association] Convention,
Ross, Silvia; (1996) 'The Psychoanalysis of Space: Tozzi and Palazzeschi'. [Oral Presentation], MLA [Modern Languages Association] Convention, Washington D.C , 27-DEC-96 - 20-DEC-96. [Details]
(1996)AAIS [American Association for Italian Studies] convention,
Ross, Silvia; (1996) 'The Street as Cultural Microcosm: Locality and Chronology in Pratolini's Cronache di poveri amanti'. [Oral Presentation], AAIS [American Association for Italian Studies] convention, St. Louis, MO , 12-APR-96 - 14-APR-96. [Details]
(1995)AAIS [American Association for Italian Studies] Convention,
Ross, Silvia; (1995) 'Forster's Florence and the Stendhal Syndrome'. [Oral Presentation], AAIS [American Association for Italian Studies] Convention, Tempe, Arizona , 22-APR-95 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1993)Singleton Center for Italian Studies Seminars,
Ross, Silvia; (1993) 'Landscape and Literature: Tozzi's Tuscany'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Singleton Center for Italian Studies Seminars, Charles S. Singleton Center for Italian Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, Florence, Italy , 21-JUN-93 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1992)Gendered Contexts 2,
Ross, Silvia; (1992) *. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Gendered Contexts 2, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD , 13-NOV-92 - 14-NOV-92. [Details]
(1990)Gendered Contexts,
Ross, Silvia; (1990) *. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Gendered Contexts, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD , 16-NOV-90 - 17-NOV-90. [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2003President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Team-taught course IT1201 UCC
1994Dean's Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University Dean of Arts and Science, Johns Hopkins University
1989Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship, Italian, Johns Hopkin
1989Prof DO Robson Graduate Scholarship, U of Toronto
1989JJ McClaren Gold Medal, U of Toronto

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
American Association for Italian Studies */
Modern Languages Association */
Society for Italian Studies */
American Association of Teachers of Italian */
NEMLA */
Canadian Society for Italian Studies */

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Departmental Graduate Studies Committee, Italian, UCC Coordinator1998 / 2015
College Executive Management Committee, UCC role of Associate Dean, Graduate School, CACSSS2011 / 2013
Graduate Studies Committee, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC Chair2011 / 2013
Graduate School Executive, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC Member2008 / 2010
Examination Appeals Committee, UCC appointed representative for CACSSS2010 / 2013
Academic Council Graduate Studies Committee, UCC elected member 2008-2011; representative 2011-2013;2008 / 2013
Interfaculty Board of the MA in Women’s Studies, UCC Chair2009 / 2010
Research Sabbatical Committee, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC member (while Associate Dean for Graduate Studies)2011 / 2013
Modern Languages Association Executive Committee of the Division on Seventeenth-, Eighteenth-, and Nineteenth-Century Italian Literature Secretary, 2004; Chair, 20052002 / 2006
Library Committee of the Faculty of Arts, UCC elected member2000 / 2003

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Senior Lecturer (since 2008); Lecturer (since 1996)01-OCT-96 / 01-SEP-15
Duke University Visiting Instructor in Italian01-SEP-94 / 30-JUN-96
University of Victoria Visiting Instructor, Dept of Hispanic and Italian Studies01-JUN-96 / 01-AUG-96
Johns Hopkins University Instructor01-JAN-94 / 01-JUN-94
Johns Hopkins University Instructor01-SEP-89 / 01-JUN-93

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1996Johns Hopkins University Ph.D.
1992Johns Hopkins University M.A.
1989University of Toronto B.A.

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Publication Of The Modern Languages Association Referee-
Italian Studies Referee-
Studies In Travel Writing Referee-
Quaderni D Italianistica Referee-
Aigne Referee-
Pages Referee01-MAY-08 -

Outreach Activities

 Description


‘Florence—Beauty and the Beast: Conflict in the Cradle of the Renaissance’, Cork Lifelong Learning Festival, University College Cork, 21 March 2013, PUBLIC LECTURE


Other Activities

 Description

Editorial Advisory Board Member for Firenze University Press, series titled: Studi di italianistica moderna e contemporanea nel mondo anglofono/Studies in Modern and Contemporary Italianistica in the Anglophone World (2012-)

Reviewer for: -University of Toronto Press Italian Studies series; -Peter Lang series ‘Italian Modernities’, edited by Robert Gordon and PierPaolo Antonello (Cambridge); -Cambridge Scholars Press

External Examiner for PhD Thesis, Rutgers University, Michele Monserrati Looking for Japan in Contemporary Italy (August 2012)

External reviewer for promotion applications (tenure; professorship): University of Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, S. Africa; Franklin and Marshall College, USA

External reviewer for SSHRC, evaluation of research project proposals in Italian, 2007 to present

External Examiner for Cork Institute of Technology Italian programme, 01/01/2001-31/12/2005

Reviewer of applications for postgraduate scholarship of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2003)

Special expert committee meeting convened by the IRCHSS regarding ERIH (European Reference Index for the Humanities), 11 May 20016

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
English FluentFluentFluent
Italian FluentFluentFluent
French FunctionalFunctionalFunctional

Teaching Interests

I teach Italian literature and culture at a wide range of levels, from first-year undergraduates to graduate students. 
My teaching areas include:

-modern and contemporary Italian prose (Calvino; Pratolini);-Italian Women Writers (Aleramo; Duranti; Manzini; Gianini Belotti; Maraini);-the Italian short story;-representations of Italy in Travel Writing in English (Mayes; Nabhan);-Futurism (including art, poetry, prose, manifestos etc.);-narratives and reader response criticism (Tambling; Iser; Eco; Bal).-Literature of the Holocaust (in particular Primo Levi)-Cultural Capitals (a section on Florence)

I also deliver postgraduate research training and have either devised or contributed to the following modules: Professional Training of Research Postgraduates in the Humanities and Social Sciences (career development);

-Narratives;-Getting Started with Graduate Research and Generic Skills;-Professional Training of Research Postgraduates in the Humanities-Negotiating Knowledges (for Master's Students in Languages and Literature);-Rethinking the Mediterranean (for Master's Students in Languages and Literatures)


I am also very invested in postgraduate training, and run doctoral workshops and have organized Master Classes on specific topics, e.g. 'Autobiography'; 'Space/Place/Text'; 'Travel, Migration and Alterity'. I contribute regularly to the MA in Women's Studies, with lectures on 'Motherhood in Italian Literature'. In addition, I teach on the MA in Modern Languages and Cultures, and have supervised many Taught Master's students on topics in Italian Studies and Women's Studies.

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2012Michał Czorycki University College CorkPhDThesis title: Journeys on the Periphery: The Travel Writing of Claudio Magris and Paolo Rumiz, IRCHSS Postgraduate Scholar (tuition fees + stipend 16,000 euro per annum, renewed 3 years)
2009Barry Ryan University College CorkPhDSpatializing the Italian Resistance in Calvino, Fenoglio and Viganò; Leen Scholar (12,000 euro per annum); President’s PhD Scholar
2008Gianluca Cinelli University College CorkPhDMemoria, storia e soggettività. Un’analisi ermeneutica delle opere autobiografiche di Primo Levi, Nuto Revelli, Rosetta Loy e Mario Rigoni Stern; President’s PhD Scholar (fees covered for two yrs); Special Award Faculty of Arts (2,500 euro); College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences PhD Scholar (10,000 euro plus fees).
2008David Best University College CorkPhDRepresentations of Rurality in Twentieth-Century Central Italian Literature (Tombari, Cassola, Volponi, Petri); IRCHSS Postgraduate Scholar (12,700 euro per annum), renewed all three years.

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Mandolini Nicoletta Doctoral Degree
O Leary Valerie Martina Doctoral Degree
Sanese Mariangela Doctoral Degree
Viscardi Martina Teresa Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2017Futurism: Word and Image IT3310Futurism: Word and Image
2017City, Region and Nation in Italian Literature and Film IT6214City, Region and Nation in Italian Literature and Film
2017Travel Writing LL3002Travel Writing
2017Professional Training of Research Postgraduates in the Humanities & Social Sciences PG7002Professional Training of Research Postgraduates in the Humanities & Social Sciences