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Professor Federica Santini

European Poetry

Kennesaw State University



Federica Santini is a Professor of Italian and coordinates the Italian Studies and Latin Programs at Kennesaw State University, near Atlanta, USA, where she is also affiliated with the Gender and Women’s Studies Program. She holds a PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles and an MA from the University of Siena, Italy.

Her main research fields are experimental Italian and European poetry, gender and women’s studies, and translation studies. Her articles and translations have appeared in numerous publications in the United States and Italy, including Autografo, Rivista di Studi italiani, L’illuminista, L’anello che non tiene, Il Verri, L’Ulisse, and Italian CultureHer book, Io era una bella figura una volta: Viaggio nella poesia di ricerca del secondo Novecento, was published by Scritture in 2013.

She has co-edited four volumes: Perché New York, with Luigi Ballerini (Scritture, 2007), Bridging Cultures: International Women Faculty Transforming the U.S. Academy, with Sarah Robbins and Sabine Smith (UPA, 2011), The Politics of Poetics: Poetry and Social Activism in Early-Modern to Contemporary Italy, with Giovanna Summerfield (Cambridge Scholars, 2013), and the English language, annotated edition of I Novissimi. Poetry for the Sixties, with Luigi Ballerini (Agincourt, 2017). She is currently working, with Beppe Cavatorta, on a co-authored volume on neo-avant-garde women writers.