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Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, South Carolina
Italian language and culture, Renaissance and Baroque Italian literature, Translation studies, Women and Gender studies, Film studies, Venetian dialect.
Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Elisa Modolo is a lecturer of languages and intercultural studies. She was born in Venice, Italy, and earned a Ph.D. in Italian studies from the University of Pennsylvania with two graduate certificates, in cinema studies, and in gender sexuality and women's studies.
Her dissertation,"Metamorphosis of the Metamorphoses: Italian Rewritings of Ovid between the Renaissance and the Baroque," reveals the crucial role of Italian textual and visual rewritings of Ovid's masterpiece in mediating the reception of the classics and in forging a new poetics. These texts reinvent the Ovidian model by deeply altering its inner structure, revising and updating its content, and transforming its genre, rhetoric, and style to fit a new context. By applying the tools of translation studies and literary criticism, Modolo examines the mechanisms of the rewriting process, the impact of contemporary aesthetics and readership, and the interplay between text and image that make these works not mere translations, but authentic rewritings that elaborate the model to create something new.
Her academic articles -published in Italy, England, and the U.S.- stem from her interests in women's cultural production by examining movie director Marjane Satrapi, contemporary multilingual poet Luisa Zille, and Baroque prose writer Arcangela Tarabotti.