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Achille CastaldoAssistant ProfessorItalian


PhD Romance Studies, Duke University 2019


Achille Castaldo (PhD Romance Studies, Duke University 2019). 19th-21st Century Italian Literature. Aesthetics. Film Studies. Mediterranean Studies. 

My research investigates the relationships between ideology, literature, and visual arts, focusing in particular on the impact of social conflicts on narrative forms. My current book project, titled Excessive Reality and Literary Experience: Naples and its Narratives in the Years of the Interregnum, treats Naples as a point of reference to explore the traumatic post-WWII years and literary and cinematic works produced during this time.

Recent publications

 2021 “Neither Utopia nor Juvenile Transgression: Retracing the Link between the ’77 Movement, Autonomy, and Literature” (co-authored), Italian studies, 76:1, 2021, 96-111.

2020 “Curzio Malaparte’s La pelle. Extreme experience and the rhetoric of interruption,” Italica, 97: 4, Winter 2020, 697-717.

2020 “The novel and the myth of the epic: Balestrini, Lukács, and the cathartic experience,” Forum Italicum: A Journal of Italian Studies. 2020; 54(3): 785-805.

2020 “La comunità oscena: Stile adolescenziale e politica del movimento nel primo Tondelli,” in De Dante a Camilleri. Estudios de literatura y cultura italiana. eds. S. Longhitano, F. Ibarra,  Ciudad de México, UNAM y Cátedra Extraordinaria Italo Calvino, 2020, pp. 197 - 212.

 2019 “Ideological figuration in Rohmer’s first two Moral Tales: ‘voice of memory’, clinamen of the image, and colonial fantasies,” Studies in French Cinema. 19:2, 2019, 85-102.

 2019 “The ‘Essence of things’ and their decomposition: The use of montage in Dino Terra’s Metamorfosi,” in Literature as Document. Series: Textxet: studies in comparative literature, 90, 2019. Brill-Rodopi, Amsterdam, 121-132.