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Carla Cornette

Assistant Teaching Professor 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. She recently earned her Ph.D. in Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation project is entitled "Postcolonial Pathology in the Works of Italian Postcolonial Writers Carla Macoggi, Ubah Cristina Ali Farah, and Igiaba Scego."  Briefly, she interrogates the notion of depression as a cultural and political phenomenon by considering the psychoaffective consequences 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 literature; verismo literature; and the comedies of Carlo Goldoni.