US Literature and Italian Culture: A Long Romance (1763-1980)


Cristina Giorcelli
University of Rome III

US Literature and Italian Culture: A Long Romance (1763-1980)

This paper attempts to point out the powerful insights and the spirit of adventure of the US literature in the Italian culture, that were sometimes manifested by Italian critics and publishers alike, from (roughly) the end of the eighteenth century to the end of the twentieth century. Today, the great US literary masterpieces are, by and large, part of the Italian heritage, as indicated by the many translations, scholarly books and intelligent, innovative essays that keep being produced and published.


US literature; Italian culture

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Published : 2017-11-30

GiorcelliC. (2017). US Literature and Italian Culture: A Long Romance (1763-1980). Review of International American Studies, 10(2). Retrieved from

Cristina Giorcelli
Facolta' di LETTERE e FILOSOFIA Università degli Studi Roma T  Italy

Cristina Giorcelli is Professor Emeritus of American Literature at the University of Rome Three. Her fields of research are: mid- and late-nineteenth-century fiction and Modernist poetry and fiction. She is co-founder (1980) and co-director of the quarterly journal Letterature d’America. She has edited twelve volumes on clothing and identity (Abito e Identità), out of which the University of Minnesota Press has published four volumes under the title Habits of Being, coedited with Paula Rabinowitz. She was President of the Italian Association of American Studies (1989–1992) and Vice-President of the European Association for American Studies (1994–2002).

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