Giordano Mazza

Credentials: PhD Candidate in Italian

Email: gmazza@wisc.edu

Address:
710 Van Hise Hall

CURRICULUM VITAE – Giordano Mazza

EDUCATION

  • Master’s degree in English and Spanish literature
  • Bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish literature

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research goals revolve around three main areas of interest: the fantastic mode, the environment, and literary combinatorics. More specifically, I am interested in exploring works that belong to the fantastic mode while not having yet been formally recognized as works of fantasy; works in which the concern for the environment is one of their main themes; and works that make use of the art of literary combinatorics, which rose to popularity in the 20th century. In recent conferences, I have discussed concepts such as anti-anthropocentrism, ars combinatoria, current crises and environmental issues. More precisely, I have discussed Italo Calvino’s anti-anthropocentrism and combinatorics, Manuel Iñárritu’s concern for the environment, and Alice Rohrwacher’s exploration of the interconnection between environmental and religious matters.

In the years to come, I would like to extend my work on the fantastic genre and on its relationship with virtual dimensions and combinatorics, possibly through comparative analyses of the works of Eco, Borges, and Calvino. I would also like to engage further with natural and environmental discourses.

DISSERTATION TITLE

Calvino Fantastico: ambiente, combinatoria, metanarrazione

COURSES TAUGHT

2020-21: UW-Madison, Italian Department

  • Head Teaching Assistant Italian 102
  • Aided in organization of Italian 102 during academic year
  • Provided assistance and guidance to Italian 102 TAs in the form of meetings and creation of classroom materials

2016-present: UW-Madison, Italian Department

  • Teaching Assistant Italian 101, 102, 201

2016-present: Foreign language acquisition in university capacity

  • Planning, prep, and sole classroom instruction of Italian 101, 102, and 201 courses

2020, Spring: W-Madison, Italian Department

  • Reader/Grader LITTRANS 253
  • Graded exams and essays for a course on Dante’s Divine Comedy
  • Worked in a coordinated team of four colleagues

2017-18: UW-Madison, Italian Department

  • Head Teaching Assistant Italian 101
  • Aided in organization of Italian 101 during academic year
  • Provided assistance and guidance to Italian 101 TAs in the form of meetings and creation of classroom materials

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • 2020, October 28: UW Madison, Department of French & Italian – FRIT Research Seminar 2020/2021. “Calvino’s Machines: a Key to Anti-anthropocentrism”
  • 2020, February 26: UW Madison, Department of French & Italian – FRIT Research Seminar 2019/2020. “The Secrets of Calvino’s Ars Combinatoria
  • 2019, March 7: UW-Madison, Department of Spanish & Portuguese – Kaleidoscope Graduate Conference “Embodying Transitions: Beings and Becomings.” “Reflecting on Current Crises and Environmental Issues”
  • 2018, April 1: UW-Madison, Department of French & Italian – GAFIS (Graduate Association of French and Italian Students) Symposium “Turning Points.” “Environment and Religion in Alice Rohrwacher’s Cinema”

PUBLICATIONS

  • Mastro Ugo – uno scrittore di contrabbando, edited and self-published, December 2017, ISBN 979-12-200-2634-5.

AWARDS

  • 2019, April, UW-Madison: University Housing Award.  Instructor of Honor