Fred Kwornu. Fall 2022, organized by Professor Colleen Ryan and Black Film Center & Archive
By Margaret Gray
At a party and book exhibit hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences this past December to celebrate faculty authors and editors of books published since 2020, department faculty were represented by no fewer than eight volumes. Leading the pack was Massimo Scalabrini’s prize-winning Commedia e Civiltà: Dinamiche anticonflittuali nella letteratura Italiana del Cinquecento, which received the American Association of Teachers of Italian Book Award (2022) for Literary, Critical Theory, and Cultural Studies. Originating in classroom discussions with graduate students and written during the darkest months of the COVID pandemic, the book – despite the somber context of its writing – focuses on 16th century Italian literature’s propensity towards the comic, grounded in classical and ethically oriented sources and re-purposed to found a modern civiltà, or society.