Serena Bassi

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Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer
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Serena Bassi is an Associate Research Scholar at the MacMillan Center and Lecturer in Italian Language and Literature. She obtained her PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Warwick (2014). She was research fellow at the Warwick Institute for Advanced Studies (2013- 2014) and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Cardiff University (2014- 2017). 

At the MacMillan Center, she is affiliated with the Translation Initiative. Her research focuses on contemporary Italian literature and cultural studies, translation history, the theory and practice of literary translation, and queer studies. Her first book, Mistranslating Minority: Queer World-Making in Italy after 1968, traces the travel from the United States into Italy of theories of “sexual identity politics” at the end of the social movement era. The book argues that theories carving space for sexual minorities within sanctioned national narratives were translated and reformulated as to fit a public discourse traversed by post-fascist, catholic and communist ideologies, and their competing visions of modernity. 

She is also currently at work on The Handbook of Translation and Sexuality co-edited with Prof. Brian Baer (Kent State University). Her writing has appeared in Translation Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, Gender/Sexuality/Italy and Modern Languages Open


ITAL 185 Italian History from 1945

An examination of the major events in Italian history from 1945 to the present. Advanced grammar, writing, and speaking explored in the context of Italian history. Topics include World War II, the founding of the Italian Republic, postwar reconstruction, the major political parties, the protest movements of 1968, the collapse of the Left, and the rise of the Northern League and Berlusconi. Consideration also given to immigration, the environment, and cultural issues.

Term: Spring 2021
Day/Time: 1 HTBA