Dr. Stefania Porcelli

Dr. Stefania Porcelli

Stefania holds a doctoral degree from Sapienza University of Rome and a PhD from the City University of New York. Her research focuses on the intersections between literature, emotions, and history. Her work considers especially the production of Italian women writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. She has taught in Italy, Germany, and the US. She enjoys running, cooking, and editing texts.


  • PhD – The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (2020)
  • Institute for World Literature, Harvard University (Fifth summer school session, Lisbon, June 22-July 16, 2015)
  • Dottorato di Ricerca – Sapienza University of Rome (2008)


  • 20th- and 21st-Century Italian, English & German Literature
  • Gender Studies & Environmental Studies
  • History of Emotions & Affect Theory
  • Language of Politics & Propaganda
  • Pedagogy & community building


  • ITL 101 - Elementary Italian I
  • ITL 201 - Intermediate Italian I
  • ITL/IES 231 - Italian Food Cultures in Context


  • Teaching and Learning Center Grant to work on the Teach@CUNY Handbook, The Graduate Center, CUNY, Spring 2020.
  • Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching (ACERT), Hunter College, CUNY, Faculty Fellow 2019-20.
  • Writing Across the Curriculum Fellowship, The Graduate Center, CUNY, granted twice: 2017-18 and 2019-20.
  • Provost’s Doctoral Student Research Grant, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2019-20.
  • Open Pedagogy Fellowship, The Graduate Center Library, CUNY, Spring 2019.
  • Altman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2018-19.
  • Alfred A. and Blanche W. Knopf Fellowship, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, 2010.



Book chapters

  • “Elizabeth Bowen’s Wavering Attitude towards WWII Propaganda.” In Propaganda and Rhetoric in Democracy: History, Theory, Analysis, ed. Gae Lyn Henderson and Mary J. Braun, Chicago, Southern Illinois University Press, 2016, pp. 96-117.
  • “Lo scandalo della Storia e il romanzo storico: Elsa Morante.” In Asimmetrie Letterarie, ed. Donatella Montini, Rome, Edizioni Nuova Cultura, 2013, pp. 103-131.
  • “City of Ghosts: Elizabeth Bowen’s Wartime Stories.” In The Ghostly and the Ghosted in Literature and Film: Spectral Identities, ed. Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson, Newark, University of Delaware Press, 2013, pp. 15-28. 



  • Dario Gentili, Crisis as Art of Government, London, Verso, 2021.
  • Elettra Stimilli, Debt and Guilt, London, Bloomsbury, 201


  • “Realism, Invention and Amazement in Elsa Morante’s La Storia,” AAIS/AATI conference, online, June 3, 2021.
  • “A VoiceThread Interactive Art Gallery,” First Annual Faculty Tech in Teaching Showcase, Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching (ACERT), Hunter College, CUNY, April 27, 2021.
  • “Emotional Intensity and Narrative Form in L’amica geniale,” Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), online, April 8-11, 2021.  
  • “Intensity and Agency: Ida, Modesta, Lenù,” NeMLA convention, Washington, DC, March 21-24, 2019.
  • “How to Build a Community While Taking Attendance,” Seminar “Small Teaching,” Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching (ACERT), Hunter College, CUNY, Nov. 1, 2018.
  • “Maternal and Animal Knowledge in Elsa Morante’s La Storia,” AAIS conference, Sorrento, Italy, June 14-18, 2018.
  • “Beasts Too Human: Animals and Emotions in Elsa Morante’s La Storia,” NeMLA convention, Pittsburg, PA, April 12-15, 2018.
  • “Becoming Active: Emotions in Goliarda Sapienza’s L’Arte della Gioia,” AAIS/CSIS conference, Columbus, OH, April 20-22, 2017.
  • “Vigor and Softness: Aphra Behn Amongst the Libertines,” RSA Annual Conference, Boston, MA, March 31-April 2, 2016.
  • Titus Andronicus: Shakespeare’s Exceptional Violence,” Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 17-20, 2016. 
  • “From the Margins with Joy: Goliarda Sapienza’s L’arte della gioia,” international conference “Sicily: Language, Art, and Culture,” University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Feb. 11-12, 2016.
  • “Resistant Mothers: Violence and History in Moravia’s La ciociara and Morante’s La Storia,” SCMLA convention, Austin, TX, Oct. 18-22, 2014.
  • “The Art of Conversation and the Danger of Gossip: Dylan Thomas’s Meta-Rhetorical Discourse,” RMMLA convention, Boulder, CO, Oct. 11-14, 2012.
  • “‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’: War Propaganda and Wartime Fiction in Elizabeth Bowen’s The Heat of the Day,” International Symposium “A mixture of showing off and suspicion, nearly as bad as sex”: Reading Elizabeth Bowen, University of Sussex, UK, May 30, 2009.


  • Managing editor, Annali d’italianistica (since 2021)


  • American Association of Italian Studies
  • Modern Language Association
  • Northeast Modern Language Assosiation


  • Italian
  • English
  • German
  • Latin