The ideal place for me is the one in which it is most natural to live as a foreigner." - Italo Calvino
Arianna Fognani’s passion for travels and different forms of intercultural encounters has influenced her life, teaching methods, and research interests. While completing her degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures, she studied in France and the U.K. She was also the recipient of two scholarships at Vassar College and Bard College where she began teaching Italian language. After graduation she was appointed twice as visiting scholar at the University of Rochester to teach courses on Italian American Experience. Working with students eager to learn about Italian culture and language encouraged Dr. Fognani to complete a Ph.D. in Italian Studies at Rutgers University. Before joining CCU she taught Italian at Franklin & Marshall College and co-directed their summer program in Tuscany.
Dr. Fognani’s research has an intercultural perspective and lies at the intersection of the fields of literature, cultural studies, and human geography. She is interested in transcultural subjects’ mobilities and the ways they represent alien spaces in their texts. In her doctoral dissertation, titled “Sensuous Wanderings: Urban Spaces in the Literary Imagination of Italian Writers in Alexandria, Egypt,” she deploys a sense-centered approach to examine the construction of the city’s natural and built environment and to question the invention of its cosmopolitan image in Italian narratives of the interwar period. She is currently developing a section of her dissertation into a digital project called “Alexandria LiteraryTour.” Her goal is to create an interactive multimedia map of the city’s historical landmarks and neighborhoods as presented by local and transnational voices.
Ph.D. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 2016
M.A. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 2014
Certificate in Elementary Arabic, Tanta University, Egypt, 2011
Laurea Magistrale summa cum laude (B.A.), University of Siena, Italy 2005