Alessia Ricciardi Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature; Director of Graduate Studies in the Program of Comparative Literary Studies
Alessia Ricciardi is a Professor in the French and Italian Department and the Comparative Literary Studies Program. She has a BA in philosophy from the University of Pisa, a DEA (master's degree) from Paris VII in psychoanalysis, and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Yale University. Her main interests are French and Italian contemporary literature, cinema, political philosophy, psychoanalysis, and gender studies.
Her first book, The Ends of Mourning, was published by Stanford University Press in 2003 and won the MLA's 2004 Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literature. Her second book, After La Dolce Vita: A Cultural Prehistory of Berlusconi's Italy, was published by Stanford in 2012 and won the MLA’s 2013 Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies.
Currently, she is completing her third book, which is titled Woman as a Form of Life: Gender Politics in Antonioni's Films. The book revisits the films made by Antonioni in the early 1960s with Monica Vitti in light of their influence on contemporary artists such as Anne Carson and Cindy Sherman.
She has also written two chapters of her next book, which is titled Reading Pasolini with Agamben: Restoring Life to Poetry and Politics.
Her essays have appeared in PMLA, Modernism/Modernity, Modern Language Notes, diacritics, and The Romanic Review, among other publications. Her most recent articles are about works by Pasolini, Antonioni, Foucault, Deleuze, and Agamben.
At Northwestern, she has taught courses such as, “Fashion and Modernity” and “Antonioni’s Cinema,” at the undergraduate level and “Agamben in Context” and “Desire, Pleasure and their Politics” at the graduate level.