Viola Ardeni

Viola Ardeni

Position Title
Lecturer in Italian
Italian Language Program Coordinator

511 Sproul
Office Hours
Tuesdays from 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Wednesdays from 2:00 - 3:00 pm, and by appointment. Please refer to course syllabus or email for Zoom link.

I am a Lecturer in Italian with a background in Italian and gender studies. Within the Department of French and Italian, I teach elementary to advanced Italian language and culture courses, in addition to advanced composition and Italian for Spanish speakers. I also serve as the Italian Language Program Coordinator.

I have published peer-reviewed essays 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. Currently, I am working on two articles dedicated to transcultural competence and community building in the language classroom as well as on a larger project involving the representation of slavery and old age in seventeenth and eighteenth-century fairy tales.

Education and Degree(s)
  • PhD, Italian, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Laurea Magistrale, Summa Cum Laude, Italian Studies, University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Laurea, Modern Literary Studies, University of Bologna (Italy)
Research Interests & Expertise
  • Second-language pedagogy, with an emphasis on digital technology applied to the hybrid and online teaching formats
  • Fairy-tale studies, especially in modern and contemporary Italy and Western Europe
  • Children’s literature and entertainment
  • Genre and gender in the European coming-of-age novel
  • Ecocriticism