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Roberta Cauchi-Santoro
Roberta Cauchi-Santoro
Lecturer
Department of Italian & French Studies

PhD, University of Western Ontario

MA, University of Malta

BA Honours, University of Malta

519-884-8111 

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BIOGRAPHY

I am a lecturer at the University of Guelph and St. Jerome's University (federated with the University of Waterloo). Since September 2013, I have been teaching European Studies and Italian Studies at the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Guelph and I started teaching Italian Studies at St. Jerome’s in January 2015. I also teach at the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, Cambridge Campus. My first book titled Beyond the Suffering of Being: Desire in Giacomo Leopardi and Samuel Beckett (Firenze University Press, 2016) has been positively reviewed and I am now working on the notion of aesthetic melancholy in European Quietism with a focus on Giacomo Leopardi’s contribution.

PUBLICATIONS

The content that follows may only represent a portion of the CAS member's work.

 

Books
Beyond the Suffering of Being: Desire in Giacomo Leopardi and Samuel Beckett. Florence (Italy): Firenze University Press, 2016. Series: Studi di italianistica moderna e contemporanea nel mondo anglofono/Studies in Italianistica in the Anglophone World.

 

Chapters
“Writing from the Womb: A Cixousian Reading of Elena Ferrante’s La figlia oscura.” Femminismo e femminismi nella scrittura italiana dall'Ottocento al XXI secolo. Eds. Michela Prevedello and Sandra Parmegiani. Florence (Italy): Società Editrice Fiorentina. [Forthcoming  2018].

 

“The Dianoetic Laughter of Desire: Humour in Giacomo Leopardi.” Humor, educatión y arte [Humour, Education & Art]. Ed. Camilo Cuéllar. Bogotá, Colombia: Ediciones Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia. Chapter 9. [Forthcoming 2018]

 

“Una morte seducente: eros-thanatos, il desiderio e la “jouissance” lacaniana nelle poesie del ciclo di Aspasia di Giacomo Leopardi.”Il pensiero della poesia. Eds. Enrico Minardi and Cristina Caracchini. Florence (Italy): Firenze University Press. 105-118.

 

Articles
“Nostos and 19th-century Italian-Canadian Immigration: Mapping the earliest Latin Quarters.” Italian Canadiana. Thematic Issue on “Nostos.” Eds. Salvatore Banchieri and Gabriel Niccoli. [Forthcoming 2018]

 

“Ridendo dei nostri mali trovo qualche conforto”: Giacomo Leopardi’s Humour. International Journal of Humour. Thematic Issue ed. Ephraim Nissan. Vol. 3. [Forthcoming Winter 2018]

 

 “Mapping Intangible Cultural Heritage: Safeguarding the Memories of a City’s Historic Core.” Cultural Mapping: Making the Intangible Visible. City, Culture and Society. Vol. XXX. Eds. Nancy Duxbury and Alys Longley.  (2015).

 

“Compassion in Giacomo Leopardi: A Levinasian Reading of ‘La Ginestra o il fiore del deserto’” Italica.92.3 (Fall 2015). 796-812.

 

 “ ‘Non che la speme, il desiderio è spento’: Giacomo Leopardi, Samuel Beckett and the Quietist Tradition.” Italian Culture. XXXIII.I (2015): 39-54.

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS

Grants
OGS, Ontario Graduate Scholarship (September 1st 2010- August 31st 2011)

 

Fellowships
Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellowship (May 1st 2013- April 30th 2015)

 

Awards
Sessional Faculty Teaching Performance Review, Tenure and Promotion of the School of Languages and Literatures, University of Guelph (2016-2017) Rating: Outstanding

Sessional Faculty Teaching Performance Review, Tenure and Promotion of the School of Languages and Literatures, University of Guelph (2015-2016) Rating: Outstanding

Wait-listed for SSHRC [Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada] postdoctoral fellowship, 2014-15. Overall Score 3.95/6. Committee 1: Rank 45/192. Waiting list starts at rank 40.

Anthony Camisso Research Award, Awarding Body: Canadian Society for Italian Studies (June 2013)

USC Teaching Honour Roll UWO Award of Excellence (2009-2010)

USC Teaching Honour Roll UWO Award of Excellence (2008-2009)

USC Teaching Honour Roll UWO Award of Excellence (2007-2008)

Best Graduate Essay Award: Canadian Society for Italian Studies (CSIS) (2010)

COURSES TAUGHT

ITAL101: Beginner Italian 1
ITAL102: Beginner Italian 2
ITAL 155: Intensive Introductory Italian Language

ITALST 111: Women, Family, Sex, and Tradition
ITALST 291: Italian Culture and Civilization 1
ITALST 292: Italian Culture and Civilization II
ITALST 391: Italian Novel and Cinema