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Serena Ferrando

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Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities and Italian
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0202

Serena Ferrando’s research focuses primarily on water and modern/contemporary Italian poetry. Her book project, City of Water. How Poetry Shaped Milan, offers an original ecocritical-cultural narrative of the relationship between poetry and nature in the city of Milan, Italy and three Milanese poets. Ferrando directs a digital humanities exhibit about Milan’s water canals called Navigli Project. She also studies environmental and experimental noisescapes and offers a course titled “Noisemakers! Tracing the History of Modern Music in Italy” where students build noise instruments and develop multimedia projects that utilize sound mapping to create a multisensory experience of the world. Her publications span across the fields of literature, ecocriticism, and digital humanities.

  • Ph.D. Italian Studies, Stanford University 
  • M.A. Comparative Literature, University of Texas at Austin 
  • M.A. American Studies, University of Texas at Austin 
  • B.A. Modern Foreign Languages, Università degli Studi di Genova
Research Interests: 
  • Modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture
  • Environmental humanities
  • Digital humanities
  • Urban soundscapes / The city in literature
  • Noise
  • Literature and mental illness
  • Foundations of the 20th-century Italian literary canon
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 494Special Topics
ITA 494Special Topics
ITA 550Italian for Reading Knowledge
SLC 598Special Topics
ITA 598Special Topics
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ITA 423Mafia and Film
SLC 423Mafia and Film
ITA 494Special Topics
ITA 499Individualized Instruction
CDH 598Special Topics
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ITA 322Modern Italian Culture
ITA 499Individualized Instruction
ITA 550Italian for Reading Knowledge