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Caterina Mongiat-Farina

Caterina Mongiat Farina has been the Italian Program director since 2010. Dr. Mongiat Farina's teaching and research interests include Italian language and culture at all levels; early modern Italian literature; history of Italian language and the questione della lingua; the Italian coming-of-age novel; rhetoric and translation. She is the author of Questione di lingua. L’ideologia del dibattito sull’italiano nel Cinquecento (Longo, 2014) and the co-translator of Umberto Eco’s classic manual How to Write a Thesis (MIT, 2015). Her articles appeared in Rinascimento, Italica, Strumenti critici, and other journals. Dr. Mongiat Farina is currently conducting research on animal metaphors in Italo Calvino.

Curriculum Vitae​


  • PhD Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
  • MA Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
  • Laurea quadriennale in Lettere, 110/110 e lode, Universit di Padova, Italy


  • Early modern Italian literature
  • History of Italian language and the sixteenth century questione della lingua
  • Contemporary coming-of-age novel
  • Rhetoric
  • Language and ideology, identity, and gender
  • Semiotics (Food and Fashion)
  • Translation