Professor of Italian & Film Media; Section Head, Italian Program
Faculty & Staff/ Film/Media/ Full Professor
- Telephone: 874-4721
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office: Swan Hall 106
Professor Sama teaches a wide range of courses from low- and high-intermediate Italian language and culture courses to advanced courses in Italian literature and film. She specializes in Italian dramatic cinema from Neorealism to the present; genocide in Italian literature & film; Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron; and Venetian women writers, including Veronica Franco (1546-91), Moderata Fonte (1555-92), Luisa Bergalli Gozzi (1703-79) and Elisabetta Caminer Turra (1751-96).
RECENT COURSE OFFERINGS
ITL 103 Intermediate Italian I
ITL 205 & 206 Conversation and Composition
ITL 315 Italian Cinema
ITL 392 Italian Literature in Translation (20th- and 21st-century authors)
ITL 450 Italian Women Writers: Renaissance to the Enlightenment
ITL 455 Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron
Catherine Sama explores the ways in which Italian women of the eighteenth-century created spaces for themselves in literary and artistic professions by drawing on male patronage, networking with other women, and carefully negotiating of the gendered boundaries of their society. Her work focuses on three Venetian women: the journalist-publisher, Elisabetta Caminer Turra (1751-96), the poet-playwright Luisa Bergalli Gozzi (1709-1779), and the artist Rosalba Carriera (1763-1757). Her current book project is a scholarly edition of Rosalba Carriera’s correspondence in English translation for the “Other Voice in Early Modern Europe” series edited by Margaret King and Al Rabil (Toronto Series).
Italy’s Eighteenth Century: Gender and Culture in the Age of the Grand Tour, edited by Paula Findlen, Wendy Roworth, and Catherine M. Sama (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009).
Elisabetta Caminer Turra, Selected Writings of an Eighteenth-Century Venetian Woman of Letters. Edited, translated and with an introduction by Catherine M. Sama (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003)
“‘On Canvas and on the Page’:” Women Shaping Culture in Eighteenth-Century Venice,” in Italy’s Eighteenth Century: Gender and Culture in the Age of the Grand Tour, edited by Paula Findlen, Wendy Roworth, and Catherine M. Sama (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009), 125-150; 383-393.
“Luisa Bergalli e le sorelle Carriera: un rapporto d’amicizia e di collaborazione professionale,” in Luisa Bergalli poetessa drammaturga traduttrice critica letteraria, edited by Adriana Chemello (Mirano-Venice: Eidos, 2008), 59-75.
“Liberty, Equality, Frivolity! An Italian Critique of Fashion Periodicals.” Eighteenth-Century Studies vol. 37, no. 3 (2004): 389-414.
“Becoming Visible: a Biography of Elisabetta Caminer Turra (1751-96) During Her Formative Years.” Studi veneziani N.S. LXIII (2002): 349-388.
“‘Il secolo delle donne’: scrittrici del Settecento,” in La galassia sommersa. Suggestioni sulla scrittura femminile italiana, edited by Antonia Arslan and Saveria Chemotti (Padua: il Poligrafo, 2008), 81-93.
American Association of University Women American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship, 2001-2002
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant, 1993, 1991
Fulbright Dissertation Research Grant, 1990-1991