Viola Ardeni

Viola Ardeni

Visiting Lecturer, Italian


  • Ph.D., Italian, University of California, Los Angeles, 2019
  • Laurea Magistrale (M.A.), Italian Studies, University of Bologna, 2013
  • Laurea (B.A.), Humanities, University of Bologna, 2011

Research areas

  • Fairy-tale studies, especially in modern and contemporary Italy and Western Europe
  • 20th and 21st-century children’s literature
  • Genre and gender in the European coming-of-age novel
  • Intertextuality and transmediality
  • Ecocriticism
  • Digital humanities, with an emphasis on second-language acquisition and digital technologies applied to language teaching in a hybrid and/or online setting

About Viola Ardeni

I hold a Ph.D. in Italian from the University of California, Los Angeles and since Fall 2019, I serve as Visiting Lecturer in the Department of French and Italian at Indiana University, Bloomington. I am currently working on a book project based on my doctoral dissertation on fairy-tale intertextuality and feminine metamorphoses in Italian literature, cinema, and theater. I have published on the representation of children in Elsa Morante’s poetry, the experimental coming-of age novels by feminist Swiss-Italian writer Alice Ceresa, and children’s literature and ecocriticism in Italy. My research interests also include second-language acquisition and digital humanities, and the relationship between words and images.