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Carla Cornette

Lecturer in Italian

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Office Phone: (814) 863-4793


Carla Cornette earned her Master's degree in Italian from Middlebury College in Florence, Italy with a thesis on the codification of the Italian language after the Unification of Italy. Prior to that, she earned the Advanced Second Level/C2 Diploma in Italian Language and Culture at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation project is entitled “Il romanzo di (de)formazione: Race and Nationality in Disrupting Adolescent Identity Formation in Selected Works of Carla Macoggi, Ubah Cristina Ali Farah, and Igiaba Scego”.  Briefly, she interrogates the notion of depression as a cultural and political phenomenon through the works of postcolonial Italian women writers. Additional areas of her scholarly interest include: contemporary Italiian literature; psychology, medicine and literature; verismo; and the comedies of Carlo Goldoni.