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Danila Cannamela

Assistant Professor - Italian/Section coordinator
Degree
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Master Universitario Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Italy
M.A. Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
B.A. Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Office
OEC 320K
Hours
MW: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. and by appointment.
Phone
(651) 962-5185
Fax
(651) 962-5266
Mail
#5027

I teach Italian language, literature, and culture. My courses have a particular emphasis on authentic materials and experiential learning, employing team games, songs, Skype conversations with native Italian speakers, and in-class discussions about films. I enjoy using technology as a learning tool, especially micro-blogging and digital storytelling. In addition, I serve as the adviser of the St. Thomas Italian club.

My book, The Quiet Avant-Garde: Crepuscular Poetry and the Twilight of Modern Humanism (Spring 2019), explores how Italian avant-garde movements have redefined the relationship between the human and the nonhuman. My research interests include twentieth- and twenty-first-century Italian ecopoetics, the cross-genres of eco-noir science fiction and fairy-tale noir, as well as ecofeminist and queer perspectives on the constructs of gender and nature.

https://stthomas.academia.edu/DanilaCannamela 

 

Selected publications

Book:

The Quiet Avant-Garde: Crepuscular Poetry and the Twilight of Modern Humanism (forthcoming University of Toronto Press, 2019).

Peer reviewed articles and essays:

What is a ‘Little Thing’?: Crepuscular Still Life as a Modernist Bridge to Avant-Garde Italian Poetry,” Modernism/modernity (forthcoming, November 2017)
 
“A Farewell to Youth: The Slippery Modernity of Rapsodia Satanica and Addio Giovinezza,” Journal of Italian Media and Cinema Studies 5.3 (forthcoming, July 2017).
 
“From Si sbarca a New York, by Fausto Maria Martini,” Italica 93.1 (2016): 147-64.
 
“The Song of the ‘Tubercular Muse’: Rereading Crepuscular Poetry through and beyond the Experience of Disease,” Mosaici. Learned Online Journal of Italian Poetry 4 (2015). Web. 
 
La ghirlanda di stelle di Raoul dal Molin Ferenzona: un’antologia neo-alessandrina tra le opere dei corazziniani poeti ‘fuori della legge,’” Otto/Novecento 2 (2014): 45-64. 

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ITAL 111 - 01 Elementary Italian I M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 319

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

OEC 319

Course Registration Number:

20880 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Danila Cannamela

Pronunciation, essentials of grammatical structures, aural-oral practice, writing, reading of simple Italian prose, introduction to the cultures of the Italian-speaking world.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ITAL 112 - 01 Elementary Italian II M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 OEC 319

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 0920

Location:

OEC 319

Course Registration Number:

20681 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Danila Cannamela

Continuation of ITAL 111. Emphasis on grammatical structures , aural-oral practice, writing, reading. Continuation of Italian culture. Prerequisite: ITAL 111 or its equivalent completed with a C- or better.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ITAL 211 - L01 Intermediate Italian I M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 OEC 305

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440

Location:

OEC 305

Course Registration Number:

21000 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Danila Cannamela

Designed to increase listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Italian. Reinforcement and expansion of grammatical structures of Elementary Italian I and II. Continued exposure to Italian culture. Prerequisite: ITAL 112 or its equivalent completed with a C- or better.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ITAL 212 - 01 Intermediate Italian II - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

22951 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Danila Cannamela

Continuation of ITAL 211. Focus on intermediate grammatical structures. Emphasis on Italian culture, conversation, writing, and expansion of vocabulary based on thematic discussions and cultural readings. Prerequisite: ITAL 211 or its equivalent completed with a C- or better.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENVR 298 - 02 Topics: Envr Humanities M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MHC 202

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

MHC 202

Course Registration Number:

42751 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Danila Cannamela

The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
FILM 200 - 05 Introduction to Film Studies - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 313

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

OEC 313

Course Registration Number:

42756 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Danila Cannamela

FILM 200 introduces students to film analysis, providing the basic tools to understand, appreciate, and analyze the technical and aesthetic dimensions of film and to understand how these elements come together to create meaning. The course will focus on specific filmmaking techniques, provide a brief overview of film history, and introduce students to the concepts of genre, ideology and style. In addition to attending class sessions, students will be required to attend a weekly film screening (lab). This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
FILM 200 - 53 Intro to Film Studies Lab - - - R - - - 1525 - 1725 OEC 313

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1725

Location:

OEC 313

Course Registration Number:

42757 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Danila Cannamela

FILM 200 introduces students to film analysis, providing the basic tools to understand, appreciate, and analyze the technical and aesthetic dimensions of film and to understand how these elements come together to create meaning. The course will focus on specific filmmaking techniques, provide a brief overview of film history, and introduce students to the concepts of genre, ideology and style. In addition to attending class sessions, students will be required to attend a weekly film screening (lab). This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement in the core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ITAL 211 - L01 Intermediate Italian I M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 302

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

OEC 302

Course Registration Number:

40876 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Danila Cannamela

Designed to increase listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Italian. Reinforcement and expansion of grammatical structures of Elementary Italian I and II. Continued exposure to Italian culture. Prerequisite: ITAL 112 or its equivalent completed with a C- or better.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)