Giulio Genovese

PhD Candidate, Italian Studies

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Giulio’s main academic interest focuses on Dante, and especially on Dante’s reception in the 20th and 21st centuries across several media (film, literature, theatre, music). He has also focused on contemporary Italian women writers, in particular Elsa Morante, Claudia Durastanti and Elena Ferrante.

His dissertation deals with how Dante and his authority as “national” poet were used during the socio-political changes occured in Italy after the 1968 movements; in particular, his work seeks to investigate how Dante was both embraced and rejected according to the ideological goals of the several parties in question (intellectuals, filmakers, magazine editors, musicians).

At Penn he has also served as representative for the Graduate Student Government of the School of Arts and Sciences (SASgov) and co-organized a departmental reading group (“Masterpieces of Italian Literature”). Giulio has also served as Graduate Assistant for the American Association of Italian Studies and is currently co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal “Bibliotheca Dantesca”. For the 2021-2022 academic year, he is a Visiting Instructor in the Transnational Italian Studies Department at Bryn Mawr College.

Before coming to the United States, Giulio obtained his bachelor degree at the University of Bologna (2015) and his master degree at the Università della Svizzera italiana (2017), both times working on Dante and his immediate reception in the 14th century.



  • “Hidden authoriality in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels” in Ferrante Unframed. Authorship, Reception and Feminist Praxis in the Works of Elena Ferrante (Florence: Società editrice fiorentina, 2021), 89-100.
  • “Alberto Casadei. ‘Dante. Storia avventurosa della Divina Commedia dalla selva oscura alla realtà aumentata’ Milan: il Saggiatore, 2020”, Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies: Vol. 3, 2020, 186-188.
  • “Staging Dante Today: A Three-Day Residency Of Teatro Delle Albe At The University Of Pennsylvania”, Bibliotheca Dantesca: Journal of Dante Studies: Vol. 2, 2019, 161-167.

Teaching experience:

  • Intermediate Italian I (Fall 2019)
  • Intermediate Italian II (Spring 2020)
  • Elementary Italian I (Fall 2020)
  • Elementary Italian II (Spring 2021)



  • 2021 PAMLA Graduate Student Scholarship
  • 2021 Salvatori Research Award, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2020-2021 Department of Romance Languages, Certificate of Excellence in Teaching, University of Pennsylvania


Conference Participation:

  • “Convergence Culture: Marco Martinelli and Ermanna Montanari’s staging of Dante”, La Mondialisation De Dante I: Europe, online, October 7-8 2021.
  • “Leonardo Sciascia and Elio Petri’s Todo modo: Uses of Dante during the anni di piombo”, American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS) Conference, online, May 28-June 6, 2021.
  • “Elena Ferrante’s Storia del nuovo cognome on TV: Vivere ancora and the 23 days of Lila and Nino”, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Conference, online, March 11 – March 14 2021.
  • “The Authorial Voice through Centuries and Media. Von Trier using Dante to Explain Von Trier”, Italian Graduate Conference at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ,  22-23 November 2019.
  • “Hidden Authoriality in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels”, Canadian Association for Italian Studies Conference (CAIS), Orvieto, June 13 – June 16 2019.


Panels Organized:

  • “Adaptation of Italian Literature” with Samantha Gillen, American Association for Italian Studies Conference (AAIS), online, May 28-June 6 2021.
  • “Multimedial Ferrante”, Canadian Association for Italian Studies Conference (CAIS), Sorrento, June 4 – June 7 2020 (cancelled due to Covid-19).
Office Hours
Mon. 5-6pm; Weds. 5-6pm