• Giovanna F Lerner
Associate Professor of Italian, Program Chair of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

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Professional Biography

Professor Faleschini Lerner  holds a Laurea in Modern Languages and Literatures (Russian and English) from the Catholic University of Milan, and a MA and PhD in Italian from the University of Pennsylvania. 

She currently serves as the Chair of the Program in  Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and contributes to the Program in  Comparative Literary Studies.  She is a member of the F&M Forced Migration working group and, together with Professor of English Judith Mueller, directs the 2018-2019 Faculty Humanities Research Colloquium on "Environments."

Professor Faleschini Lerner's research interests include representations of history in film and literature, inter-art criticism, women's and gender studies and theory, motherhood studies, Mediterranean studies, and the literature and cinema of migration.  She has recently served as guest editor for the themed section on "Reproduction, Fertility, and Parenthood" of  gender/sexuality/Italy 5 (2018) and co-editor of the volume Italian Motherhood on Screen (Palgrave 2017).  Her first book, Carlo Levi's Visual Poetics: The Painter as Writer, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.  She has also published several articles and book chapters on Italian cinema and twentieth-century Italian literature and critical theory.  In 2011-2012, she was a Mellon Regional Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Humanities Forum on "Adaptations."  Her current research project is a book-length study of contemporary Italian migration cinema.  

In Fall 2014, Professor Faleschini Lerner was Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where she taught a seminar on the representation of WWI in Italian literature, cinema, and the arts.  At F&M, she teaches all levels of Italian language and has developed new courses in Italian cinema and literature, including "Italian Contemporary Cinema," "Italy and the Mediterranean," "Italian literature and the visual arts," "Italian Urban Cultures," and "Dante in Italian Culture."  

Professor Faleschini Lerner has created and directs, together with Professor Scott Lerner, the F&M in Tuscany Summer Program.

Publications

BOOKS AND EDITED VOLUMES

Italian Motherhood on Screen.  Edited with Maria Elena D'Amelio.  New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.  

Carlo Levi's Visual Poetics: The Painter as Writer.  New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.  Reviewed in Choice, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Poetiche,  Italian Culture, Italica.

JOURNAL ISSUES 

"Reproduction, Fertility, and Parenthood: The Italian Case." Themed section of the peer-reviewed open-access journal gender/sexuality/Italy 5 (2018). Edited with Nicoletta Marini Maio.

JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

"Cybermoms and Postfeminism in Italian Web Series," gender/sexuality/Italy 5 (2018). 142-159.

"Liquid Maternity in Italian Migration Cinema," Italian Motherhood on Screen.  Eds. Maria Elena D'Amelio and Giovanna Faleschini Lerner.  New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.  211-232.

"Introduction" (co-authored with Maria Elena D'Amelio), Italian Motherhood on Screen.  Eds. Maria Elena D'Amelio and Giovanna Faleschini Lerner.  New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.  1-18.

“Sogno, memoria e storia: la Roma di Carlo Levi e di Federico Fellini.” Poetiche. Rivista di letteratura italiana 17.1 (2015): 107-139. 

“Il fascino dell'altra: Le straniere nel cinema italiano.”  Storie in divenire: le donne nel cinema italiano.  Eds. Lucia Cardone and Cristina Jandelli.  Special issue of Quaderni del CSCI 11 (2015): 204-209.

“Forme di ospitalità urbana nel cinema delle donne: Marina Spada, Anna Bernasconi e Giulia Ciniselli,” Filmare il femminismo. Studi sulle donne nel cinema e nei media Eds. Lucia Cardone and Sara Filippelli.  Pisa: ETS, 2015.  141-150.

"Contemporaneità and Ecological Thinking in Carlo Levi's Writing." Thinking Italian Animals: Human and Posthuman in Modern Italian Fiction and Film.  Eds. Elena Past and Deborah Amberson. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.  197-214.

"Ksenia Rappoport and Transnational Stardom in Contemporary Cinema." Journal of Italian Media and Cinema Studies 1.1 (2013): 7-20.

“From the Other Side of the Mediterranean: Hospitality in Italian Migration Cinema.” California Italian Studies 1.1 (2010): 294-9.

"Il cinema come strumento d'incontro: Vittorio Moroni e il nuovo documentario italiano."  Zoom "d'oltreoceano": istantanee sui registi italiani e sull'Italia.  Eds. Simone Dubrovic and Daniela De Pau.  Manziana: Vecchiarelli, 2010. 319-344.

“Ending ‘ventriloquistic’ discourses and creating a dialogue of difference: Lettere dal Sahara and Le ferie di Licu.” From Terrone to Extra-Comunitario: The New Racism in Contemporary Italian Cinema.  Ed.  Grace Russo Bullaro. Leicester, UK: Troubador Publishing (Italian Studies Series), 2010. 366-390.

“Francesco Rosi’s Cristo si è fermato a Eboli: Toward a Cinema of Painting.” Italica 86.2 (2009): 272-292.

“Carlo Levi’s L’orologio: A Revolution in Words and Images.” Creative Interventions: The Role of the Intellectual in Contemporary Italian Culture.  Eds. Eugenio Bolongaro, Rita Gagliano, and Mark Epstein.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009. 63-91. 

“Carlo Levi’s New Humanism.” Annali d’italianistica 26 (2008): 283-97.

“Visconti’s Senso: The Art of History.” Forum Italicum 41.2 (2007): 342-58.

“La stanza degli orologi: Storia e memoria in Rinascimento privato di Maria Bellonci.” Narrare la storia. Dal documento al racconto. Ed. Fondazione Bellonci.  Milan: Mondadori, 2006.  113-124.

INTERVIEW

"L’immagine della migrazione." Valeria G. Castelli in conversazione con Nicolò De Giorgis, Giovanna Faleschini Lerner Alessandro Triulzi.  FlashArt 337 (February - March 2018).

REFERENCE WORKS

“Wilma Labate.” Storie in divenire: le donne nel cinema italiano.  Eds. Lucia Cardone and Cristina Jandelli.  Special issue of Quaderni del CSCI 11 (2015): 294-95.

REVIEW ARTICLE

“Reading Carlo Levi Beyond Eboli: Joseph Farrell’s The Voices of Carlo Levi and Levi’s Fear of Freedom.”  Forum Italicum 42.2 (Fall 2008): 416-21. 

BOOK REVIEWS

Calabretta-Sajder, Ryan.  Divergenze in celluloide. Colore, migrazione e identità nei film gay di Ferzan Özpetek. Milano: Mimesis, 2016. Pp. 246.  Annali d'italianistica 35 (2017): 521-24.

Marini, Alessandro. Bertolucci: Il cinema, la letteratura, il caso Prima della Rivoluzione.  Alessandria: Falsopiano, 2012. Pp. 267.  Annali d’italianistica 32 (2014): 690-692.

De Franceschi, Leonardo, ed.  L’Africa in Italia. Per una controstoria postcoloniale del cinema italiano. Roma: Aracne, 2013.  Pp. 512.  Quaderni del CSCI 9 (2013): 313.

Bartalesi-Graf, Daniela.  Voci dal sud: A journey to Southern Italy with Carlo Levi and his Christ stopped at Eboli.  New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2011.  Pp. 419.  Annali d’italianistica 29 (2011): 545-547. 

Binetti, Vincenzo.  Città nomadi: Esodo e autonomia nella metropoli contemporanea. Verona: Ombre corte, 2008.  Pp. 140.  Annali d’italianistica 28 (2010): 582-584.  

Bruck, Edith.  Letter to My Mother.  Ed. Gabriella Romani.  Trans. Brenda Webster.  New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2006.  Pp. 250.  Forum Italicum 41.2 (Fall 2007): 536-7.

Select Presentations

CONFERENCE PAPERS

“Maternal Bodies, Maternal Gazes: The Case of Andrea Segre’s Ibi.” Mobile Bodies: The Migrant Subject in Film and Media. Panel at the JICMS International Conference, Global Intersections and Artistic Interconnections: Italian Cinema and Media Across Times and Spaces. Rome, June 14-15, 2019.

“Recycling Migrant Trash: Migration, the Environment, and the Arts.” Afterlives. Panel at the 2019 AAIS Conference, Wake Forest University, March 14-16, 2019.

“Transatlantic Collaborations: Co-editing Across the Ocean.” Collaborative Research, Decolonizing Interactions: Transnational and Local Archives, Methods, and Subjects. Roundtable at the MLA Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, January 5, 2019.

"Transmedia Approaches to Postfeminist Motherhood: Una mamma imperfetta, Bad Moms, and Consuming Mothers."  Media Tactics and Engagement.  NECS 2018 Conference. Amsterdam and Utrecht, The Netherlands, June 27-29, 2018.

"Cyber-Moms and Postfeminism in Italian Web Series."  Reproduction and Fertility in Film and Media: Italy in the Mediterranean. Panel at the MLA Annual Convention, New York, NY, January 5, 2018.

"Liquid Maternity in Italian Migration Cinema," AAIS/CSIS International Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, April 22, 2017.

"Migrant bodies, migrant voices in Mediterranea and Là ­bas. Educazione criminale," AATI International Conference, Universities of Naples "Federico II" and "L'Orientale," June 25, 2016.

“Exorcising Fear Through Laughter: Italian Film Comedy and Immigration,” Bridges Across Cultures, International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Florence, ISI International Center, July 4, 2015.

“Laughing With a Difference: Italian Film Comedy and Immigration,” AAIS XXXV Annual Conference, University of Colorado at Boulder, March 28, 2015.

“Immigrant Women in Italian Cinema,” Gendered Others, Roundtable of the Gender, Politics, and Society Research GroupAAIS XXXV Annual Conference, University of Colorado at Boulder, March 27, 2015.

“Spazi urbani di ospitalità nel cinema delle donne,” FASCinA 2nd Annual International Conference, University of Sassari, October 23, 2014.

"Maternity Blues: Mothers as Monsters, Mothers as Victims." NEMLA XLV Annual Conference, Harrisburg, PA, April 4, 2014.

“Landscapes of Alienation in Contemporary Italian Cinema,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, March 19, 2014.

“Specters of the Maternal in Italian Women’s Cinema,” AAIS XXXIII Annual Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, April 11, 2013.

“Esplorazioni dell’altrove urbano nel nuovo documentario italiano.” “Echi d’oltremare” International Conference, Rome, June 16, 2012.

"Ksenia Rappoport and Transnational Stardom in Contemporary Cinema,” AAIS XXXII Annual Conference, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, May 3, 2012.

“Spaces of Adaptation in Italian Documentary Filmmaking,” Penn Humanities Forum “Adaptations” Faculty Seminar, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, October 18, 2011. 

"Mediterranean Mirrors: Otherness and Selfhood in Mohsen Melliti's Io, l'altro." "The Mediterranean in Italian Culture" international conference.  University of Venice and University of Udine, May 3-4, 2010. 

"Inhospitable Landscapes: Il vento fa il suo giro e La giusta distanza."  AAIS XXX Annual Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, April 22-25, 2010.  

“Landscapes of Alienation in Contemporary Italian Cinema.”  41st NeMLA Annual Conference, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, April 10, 2010.

"The Other as Mirror in Melliti’s Io, l’altro.” XXIX AAIS Annual Conference, St John’s College, New York, May 9, 2009.

“Gli sconfinamenti della narrativa di Jarmila Ockayová.”  40th NeMLA Annual Conference, Boston University, February 26, 2009.

“Resisting Modernity in the Mediterranean: Carlo Levi’s Christ Stopped at Eboli.”  X Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, Vanderbilt University, November 16, 2008.

Contemporaneità and Ecological Thinking in Carlo Levi’s Writing.”  Sixty-first Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, April 18, 2008.

“Mediterranean Crossings in Contemporary Italian Cinema.”  “Mediterranean Journeys: From Odysseus to Migrant Workers,” Central Pennsylvania Consortium Mediterranean Studies Colloquium, Franklin & Marshall College, April 12, 2008.

INVITED LECTURES and WORKSHOPS

"Ghosts of the Past, Fears of the Present." Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colby College, November 12, 2018.

"Neorealism from the Movie Theatre to Netflix."  Cinema and Culture: An Italian Perspective. Chapman University, Orange, CA, April 7, 2018.

"The European Refugee Crisis and the History of Italian Emigration in Today's Media."  Lancaster Italian Cultural Society, Millersville University, November 12, 2017.

"The Changing Face of Italy in Contemporary Italian Cinema." Boston University Padova, November 30, 2015. (Skype lecture) 

“Screening the New Face of Italy.” Dickinson College, March 24, 2015.

“Sogno, memoria e storia: la Roma di Carlo Levi e di Federico Fellini.” University of Bologna, Department of Italian Studies and Classical Philology, October 30, 2014.

 “Il cinema della migrazione: dimensioni del multiculturalismo italiano.” St. Joseph’s University, Pedagogical Seminar, April 20, 2013.

“Pride and prejudice in Italian multicultural society: Carlo Mazzacurati’s film La giusta distanza.”  Seton Hall University,  Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute, December 1, 2009.

Course Information

Language Courses

Elementary italian I (ITA 101)

Elementary Italian II (ITA 102)

Intermediate Italian I (ITA 201)

Intermediate Italian II (ITA 202)

Intensive Intermediate Italian (ITA 275)

Cultural and Literary Studies Courses (300- and 400-level)

Women and Gender in Modern Italian Literature and Cinema

Italian Literature and the Visual Arts

Italy and the Mediterranean

Multicultural Italy

Contemporary Italian Fiction

From the Risorgimento to the Present: Italian Literary and Cultural Studies I

Film Studies Courses

Neorealism

Italian Cinema and the Arts

History of Italian Film 

General Education Courses

Mediterranean Migrations (Connections Curriculum)

What is Friendship? (Foundations Curriculum)