Hilary Emerson

Credentials: PhD Candidate in Italian

Email: hemerson2@wisc.edu


  • M.A., Italian Language, Literature & Cinema, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A., Italian Studies & International Relations, Wheaton College (MA)


Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate in Italian language, literature, and cinema at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research focuses on Neapolitan feminist and transfeminist film, specifically on the intersection of myth, performance, spectatorship, and selfhood in the avant-garde feminist films of Lina Mangiacapre and Le Nemesiache. Research interests include: self-representation, sex, and sistership in Italian literature and film, the Neapolitan feminist avant-garde, film theory, sexuality studies, nonbinary aesthetics, ecofeminist theory, mad and disability theory, subaltern studies, and aging studies.


The Personal is Political in Naples: Lina Mangiacapre’s Avant-Garde Feminist Films


  • Italian 101 (First-Semester Italian) – instructor
  • Italian 102 (Second-Semester Italian) – instructor
  • Italian 202 (Accelerated Third- & Fourth- Semester Italian) – instructor
  • Italian 203 (Third-Semester Italian) – instructor
  • Italian 204 (Fourth-Semester Italian) – instructor
  • Italian 253 (Medieval Literature in Translation: Angels, Demons, and Dante’s Divine Comedy) – grader
  • Italian 254 (Modern Italian Literature in Translation: Existentialism, Fascism, and Resistance) – grader
  • Italian 360 (French & Italian Literature in Translation: Renaissance Online) – grader
  • Italian 460 (Italian Cinema) – grader


Papers Presented at Professional Conferences:

  • “Breaking the Lock with Avant-Garde Film: Lina Mangiacapre’s Feminist Collaboration at the Asylum.” American Association for Italian Studies: May 28-June 6, 2021. Online.
  • “Subversive Sistership of the Self in Lina Mangiacapre’s Literary and Filmic Underground.” Northeast Modern Language Association Convention: March 11-14, 2021. Online.
  • “Beyond the Binary: Androgyny in Lina Mangiacapre’s Neapolitan Feminist Faust.” Northeast Modern Language Association Convention: March 5-8, 2020. Boston, MA.

Papers Presented at Graduate Student Conferences:

  • “Painted Faces and Creative Costume in the Feminist Film Collective’s La lotta non è finita.” Graduate Association of French & Italian Students “Skin” Symposium: April 6-7, 2018. Madison, WI.
  • “Vocabulary in Context:  Infusing Information Gap Activities with Culture.”  Kaleidoscope Conference:  March 8, 2018.  Madison, WI.
  • “Murder by Brooch: A Social and Sexual Crossroads for the Woman Outlaw.” Graduate Association of French & Italian Students “Turning Points” Symposium: March 31-April 1, 2017. Madison, WI.


  • “Continuation and Conclusion of an Interpretation of Dante’s Vita nuovaXXII, 9-16,” by Furio Brugnolo, trans. by Hilary Emerson, in Interpretation and Visual Poetics in Early Modern Texts:Essays in Honor of H. Wayne Storey, ed. by Beatrice Arduini, Isabella Magni, and Jelena Todorović (Boston: Brill, 2021). English Translation.
  • Giorgia Alù, Journeys Exposed: Women’s Writing, Photography and Mobility, rev. by Hilary Emerson, Annali d’italianistica 38 (2020): 219. Book Review.