Francesca Leardini

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Italian
Pronouns She / Her / Hers Email Office THH 176 Office Phone (213) 746-7479


  • Ph.D. Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, GPA 4.0, 8/2005
  • M.A. Medieval and Early Renaissance Italian Literature, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, 12/1995
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    Francesca Leardini conducts research in the areas of Medieval and Early Renaissance Literature (early Italian prose and poetry; Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarca), and in Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature (Leopardi, Verga, Pirandello, Ungaretti, Palazzeschi, Landolfi).

    • Ital. 224- Cultural intersections: an exploration through Italian music, literature, movies, and food., French and Italian, 01/2017 –
    • Ital. 461- Theatre, Spectacle, Drama and Performance in Italy. Humor and Comedy in Twentieth-Century Italian Theatre, French and Italian, 01/2015 –
    • Ital. 320- Love in Italian Literature, French and Italian, 08/2013 –
    • Ital. 402- Changing Notions of Reality in Italian Literature Between the 19th and 20th Centuries., French and Italian, Fall 2015
    • Ital. 470- Italian Literature between Modern and Postmodern, French and Italian, Fall 2012
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