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Eleonora Sartoni

Assistant Teaching Professor of Italian

43 Burrowes
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-9396

Office Hours:

  • Via Zoom
  • W/F: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • By appointment


  1. PhD, Italian, Rutgers University


Eleonora Sartoni received her PhD in Italian from Rutgers University in 2020. At Penn State, she teaches Italian language classes in person and for World Campus. Before joining Penn State, she taught Italian language, culture, literature, and cinema classes at Colby College, Rutgers, and Duke. Her research interests focus on urban studies, biopolitics, ecocriticism, cinema and literature exploring the relationship between body, society, and space. She published the articles “At the Margins of Rome, at the Margins of the World: The Hawks and the Sparrows and Sacro GRA as Peripatetic Analyses of Capitalist Society” in the Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies, 7:1(Jan. 2019) and “(MammaRoma Between Archaic and Modern Italy: Urbanisation and the Destruction of Poetic Dwelling” in Senses of Cinema (77, December 2015). In her current book project, titled A Capital on Paper: Rome’s Monuments and Public Space in Cultural Representations of the Nation (1870–1895), she investigates the symbiotic relationship between monuments, architecture, urban plans, and popular media in the creation of Rome’s national identity. Dr. Sartoni is also a contributor to the project “Postcolonial Italy: Mapping Colonial Heritage.”