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Keala Jewell

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Keala Jewell studied at the University of California, Berkeley, for her BA and MA and received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a joint title in French and Italian Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature and also teaches in the Gender and Women's Studies program at Dartmouth. Prof. Jewell began her career as a scholar of Italian poetry of the twentieth century, having co-edited the anthology of women’s poetry, The Defiant Muse: Italian Feminist Poems from the Middle Ages to the Present (Feminist Press, 1986) and authored a work of literary criticism, The Poiesis of History: Experimenting with Genre in Postwar Italy (Cornell University Press, 1992) on the “long poems” of Mario Luzi, Attilio Bertolucci, and Pier Paolo Pasolini. She is currently especially interested in ideologies of representation  (especially of difference and national identities), genre theory, surrealist art and literature, and her courses often range from antiquity to modernity in subject matter. Her teaching interests have recently included subjects such as “Constructing Rome,” “Classic Monsters,” “Women and Monsters in Fiction and Film,” “Nineteenth-Century Gothic Novel,” and “Masterworks of Italian Literature,” an offering that ranges from the Italian medieval period to  twentieth-century Italian Literature.  She edited the critical anthology Monsters in the Italian Literary Imagination (Wayne St. University Press, 2001), and her most recent book focuses on the intersections of literature and art history: The Art of Enigma: The de Chirico Brothers' Politics of Modernity (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2004). Her current research delves into the “Magic Realism” of Massimo Bontempelli and the Neo-Gothic fiction of Tommaso Landolfi.   Prof. Jewell frequently directs the “Honorable Frank Guarini Language Study Abroad Program” at the Dartmouth College Rome Center.

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Last Updated: 8/16/11