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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. She routinely presents her research at the annual conferences of the American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS), the Modern Language Association (MLA, national and regional chapters), the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), and the Sixteenth Century Society (SCSC). 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