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Professor Giovanna Summerfield

Romance Literatures

Auburn University



Giovanna Summerfield, a Professor in Italian and French, currently serves as the Associate Dean for Educational Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, USA. She received her PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures (with a Minor in European and Mediterranean History) from the University of Florida. She has published extensively on the long eighteenth-century (1660-1830) French and Italian literature (with an emphasis on Sicilian writers), religious and philosophical movements, and women's studies.

Among some of her publications are Credere aude: Mystifying Enlightenment (Gunter Narr Verlag), Patois and Linguistic Pastiche in Modern Literature and Vendetta: Essays on Honor and Revenge (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), Domenico Tempio: Poems and Fables and Remembering Sicily (Legas Publishing), New Perspectives on the European Bildungsroman (Continuum), Le siciliane: cosi’ sono se vi pare (Puntoacapo) and Sicily and the Mediterranean: Migration, Exchange, Reinvention. (Palgrave).

Giovanna has also served as Imagining America Fellow and Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar for the TEMA Master Program. She has been a reviewer for Italian journals such as Italica and Forum Italicum and for language textbooks with McGraw Hill, Prentice Hall, Vista, Ed Farinelli, and Wiley. She is a SAMLA executive committee member and the Romance Languages and Literatures Field Editor for the Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography.