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Carla Cornette

Assistant Teaching Professor of Italian

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Office Phone: (814) 863-4793


Carla Cornette recently completed her Ph.D. in Italian (August 2018) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a dissertation project entitled: "Postcolonial Pathology in the Works of Italian Postcolonial Writers Carla Macoggi, Ubah Cristina Ali Farah, and Igiaba Scego." Her study interrogates the notion of depression as a politically- and socially-induced phenomenon by considering the psychoaffective sequelae of the legacy of colonial power dynamics on Black female diaspora protagonists in recent works of Italian literature. Additional areas of her scholarly interest include: contemporary Italian literature; the intersection of the disciplines of psychology, medicine and Italian literature; verismo literature; and the comedies of Carlo Goldoni. Prior to her doctorate, Carla earned a Master's in Italian at Middlebury College in Florence, Italy with a thesis on the codification of the Italian language after the Unification of Italy, as well as an Advanced Second Level/C2 European Diploma from the Universita' per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy in Italian Language and Culture. She is a frequent presenter at national conferences in Italian Studies.