Paolo Giordano, Ph.D.
PAOLO GIORDANO is the Neil E. Euliano Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies at the University of Central Florida. Giordano has also held teaching appointments at Loyola University Chicago, the Scuola Italiana of Middlebury College, and Rosary College (River Forest, IL) and has recently been appointed Visiting Professor in the Italian American Literature and Culture at the University of Calabria, Italy. At Loyola University Chicago he held the positions of Director and Academic Dean of the Loyola University Rome Campus (1989-1992), and Chair of the department of Modern Languages and Literatures (1998-2004). He has served as president of the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) and as Associate Editor of the Association’s journal, Italica. He is also co-founder of Bordighera Press and the journals Voices in Italian Americana and Italiana.
His research interests are in the literature of Italian immigration, the Italian Renaissance, and 20th-century Italian Literature. His essays and articles on Italian literature and art, Italian-American studies, have appeared in Italian and American journals. The most significant publications he has been associated with are From the Margin: Writings in Italian Americana, edited with Anthony Tamburri and Fred Gardaphé and re-released as a second and revised edition (Purdue UP, 1990/2000); Beyond the Margin (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1998), and Joseph Tusiani: Poet Translator Humanist (1994). Beside his work on Italian American authors he has published essays on Cesare Pavese, Beppe Fenoglio, Rodolfo Di Biase, Gabriello Chiabrera and Piero Davanzati. He is co-founder of Bordighera Press. Besides the United States, Paolo has presented his research in Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Russia, Canada, Taiwan and the Czech Republic.
Giordano has been honored by the Italian government with the title of "Cavaliere, Stella della Solidarietà Italiana". He has been recognized by Southern Connecticut State University in 2004 with the “Distinguished Alumnus Award”, and by the Association of Teachers of Italian with a lifetime distinguished service award. He also was recognized by the City of Bordighera in Italy with the “Parmurelu d’oru” (Golden palm) for lifetime achievement.
- Ph.D. in Italian Literature from Indiana University
- M.A. in Italian Literature from Middlebury College
- B.A. from Southern Connecticut State University
Italian Literature of Emigration,
Renaissance and 20th Century Italian Literature
Recent Research Activities
Translation of Bernardino Ciambelli's "I misteri di Mulberry Street" in Francesco Durante's Italo Americana, Fordham University Press, 2014
"Joseph Tusiani: The Man and His Work." Italica. Summer 2016
"Italian American Immigrant Writing: An Orphan Child" Forthcomin Fall2014
Translation of two of Giuseppe Borgese's books: Atlante Americano and Autunno di Costantinopoli.
- The Hyphenate Writer and the Legacy of Exile. Editor. Saggistica Vol. 2, 2010
- From the Margins: Writings in Italian Americana (Second and Revised Edition) Co-Edited with Anthony J. Tamburri and Fred Gardaphé. Purdue University Press, 2000. Introduction, Essay and Bibliography
- Beyond the Margin: More writings in Italian Americana. Co-editors. Fairleigh Dickinson Univeristy Press, 1997. Introduction Essay and Bigliography
- Introducing Italian Americana: Generalities on Literature and Film. A Bilingual Forum. Co-editor and contributed two essays, one in in Italian and one in English. Bordighera Press, 2006
- Esilio, Migrazione e Sogno Americano. W. Lafayette, IN: Bordighera PRess, 2001
- Ethnicity; Selected Poems by Joseph Tusiani (with two esays by Paolo Giordano), 2001.
- L'Esilio come certezza:La ricerca d'identità culturale in Italia dalla rivoluzione francese ai nostri giorni. With Andrea Ciccarelli (Indiana U.) Italiana Series, 1998. Introduction and essay.
- Joseph Tusiani Poet, Translator, Humanist: An International Homage
“Joseph Tusiani: The Man and his Work.” ITALICA, Journal of the AATI.September, 2016
- “Studi letterari su scrittori immigranti negli Stati Uniti: Figlio orfano? Palinsesti, Calabria (Italy). 2015
“Italian Immigrant Literary Studies in the United States: Orphan Child?” in Transcending Borders, Bridging Gaps: Italian Americana, Diasporic Studies and the University Curriculum New York: Studies In Italian Americana10, 2014: 68-74.
Translation: Ciambelli, Bernardino. "The Victim (La vittima)" in Italo Americana: The Literature of the Great migration, 1880-1943. Ed. Francesco Durante. Fordham UP, 2014: 167-202.
- Translation: Vacirca, Vincezo. “The Fire” (Il rogo) )” in Italo Americana: The Literature of the Great migration, 1880-1943. Ed. Francesco Durante. Fordham UP, 2014: 697-708.
“Images of America and Columbus as Part of the Mosaic of American Identity” International Conference American Cultural Myths and Perspectives on the USA Literary Perception. Moscow, Russia, 2012
“Studi letterari su scrittori immigranti negli Stati Uniti: Figlio orfano? Palinsesti, Calabria (Italy). Augustl, 2015 (Online Journal)
Gabriello Chiabrera” Literary Encyclopedia. London, February 2011.
“The Legacy of Exile: Italian Writers in the United States” International Conference American Cultural Myths and Perspectives on the USA Literary Perception. Moscow Russia, 2010.
- “Gabriello Chiabrera.” Seventeenth Century Italian Poetry Volume of the Dictionary of Literary Biographies. Dictionary of Italian Literary Biographies: Gale Press, April, 2008.
- "Chiaro Davanzati" Encyclopedia of Italian Literature. New York: Routledge: 2007.
- "Gabriello Chiabrera." Encyclopedia of Italian Literature. New York: Routledge: 2007
- “La narrativa italo americana: un escursione storica.” Esilio Migrazione e Sogno Americano. 2001
- “Beppe Fenoglio’s Theatrical and Cinematic Writings: An Overview” Essays in Honor of Albert Mancini, Italiana VIII, 1999.
- “Emigranti, espatriati e/o esiliati:Italiani e letteratura negli Stati Uniti.” Lo Straniero. Eds. Mario Domenichelli and Pino Fasano. Roma: Bulzoni Editore, 1998:169-184.
- “Dall’Italia all’America: I quattro camminanti di Rodolfo di Biasio” L’esilio come certezza: La ricerca d’identità culturale in Italia dalla rivoluzione francese ai nostri giorni. W. Lafayette: Bordighera Press, 1998:149-161
- "“Tra autobiografia e romanzo: L’emigrazione coatta nelle opere di Pascal D’Angelo, Guido D’Agostino, Helen Barolini and Joseph Tusiani”" Il sogno italo-americano. Realtà e immaginario dell'emigrazione negli Stati Uniti. Atti del Convegno "Il sogno italo-americano" 28-30 novembre 1996. A cura di Sebastiano Martelli. Napoli: Suor Orsola Benincasa, 1998: 89-108.
- "1990, L'estate rovente di Cesare Pavese." Romance Language Annual, Vol. 6, 1994.
- "The Writer Suspended Between Two Worlds: Joseph Tusiani's Autobiografia di un italo-americano." Differentia, Vol. 6, 1994.
- "Images of America and Columbus in Italian/American Literature." Annali d'Italianistica Vol. 10, 1992
- "Dai margini al centro: lo scrittore italiano/ americano" Campi Immaginabili, I,2 (Cosenza, Italy 1991). Formerly Ipotesi '80.
- "From Italian Emigrant to Reluctant American: Joseph Tusiani's Gente Mia and Other Poems." In From the Margin. Writings in Italian Americana. Purdue UP, 1991.
Cavaliere, Stella della Solidarietà Italiana” Honor bestowed by the President of the Republic of Italy through the Consulate General office of Chicago, Illinois, June 2004
Neil R,.Euliano Endowed Professor, 2008
Invited to deliver a series of lectures at the University of Calabria (Italy), , October 27-31, 2014.
Invited to deliver a series of lectures at the University of Parma (Italy), May 2013.Received the “Parmurelu d’oru” lifetime achievement award from the Descu Rundu Cultural Association of Bordighera, Italy, 2012
Outstanding Alumnus Award, Southern Connecticut State University, May 2004Visiting Professor Scuola Italiana Middlebury College,
Invited by the Italian Government to participate in the conference "La presenza e l'immagine: The Teaching of Italian Language and Culture in the United States."
ActivitiesConference in Bellagio, Italy:
Transcending Borders, Bridging Gaps: Italian Americana, Diasporic Studies, and the University Curriculum
The conference gave birth to IASN (Italian American Studies Network), with the scope of promoting exchange of ideas between American and Italian scholars and of helping the diffusion of Italian/American Studies in the world.
Updated: Feb 19, 2020