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Maria G. Simonelli, Ph.D.

Lecturer of Italian and Latin

Department Coordinator of the Italian Program and Advisor of the Italian Club

Photo of Maria G. Simonelli, Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of Naples, Italy

Plangere Center 124
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Courses this Semester
FI 101-01
FI 101-02
FI 101-03
FI 201-01
FÏ 303-50
FL 101-01
Regularly Taught Courses
FI 101 Elementary Italian I
FI 102 Elementary Italian II
FI 201 Intermediate Italian I
FI 202 Intermediate Italian II
FI 301 Introduction to Italian Literature
FI 303 Advanced Italian: Composition and Conversation I
FI 304 Advanced Italian: Composition and Conversation II
FL 101 Elementary Latin I
FL 102 Elementary Latin II
FY 101 First-Year Seminar
Research Interests

Italian Literature and The Socio-Cultural Evolution of Women in the Contemporary Neapolitan Hinterland

Presentations/Invited Talks

“Frederick II, the Baptized Sultan of Sicily, bridge-maker between Italian and Arab Culture.” Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages & Literatures (SECCLL) Savannah, GA, 4/23-4/24/2017.

“The Role of Reason and Love in Dante’s Divine Comedy.”Southeast Coastal Conference on Languages & Literatures (SECCLL) Savannah, GA, 4/7-4/8/2016.

“The Modernity of Giordano Bruno’s Il Candelaio.11th Southeast Coastal Conference on Language and Literature at Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, GA, 2014.

“Paolo and Francesca, a True Tale of Love, Passion and Jealousy in Dante’s Inferno.” 62nd Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, 2012.

“The Neapolitan Mask of Pulcinella in the Italian Commedia dell’Arte and the Literary Origin of the Pizza.” 61st Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, 2011.

Historical Nostalgic Italian Patriotism: Psychological and Mystical Accounts in the Unpublished Vernacular Poetry of an Italian Immigrant at the Beginning of the XX Century.” 60th MIFLC at Radford University in collaboration with Virginia Tech University, the Roanoke and Conference Center, in Roanoke, Virginia, 10/7/2010.

“Boccaccio and the culinary art of the XIV century. With twelve original recipes.” 59th Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, 2009.

The problems related to the identity of Italian studies, in Italy and abroad, in the field of Italian Language and Literature.” Invited to Washington D.C. by the Italian Embassy, Georgetown University, New York University – Casa Italiana Zerilli-Merimò and by the Fondazione Sum per l’Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, together with the Universities of Naples and Florence in Italy, for the symposium of the “PROFESSORI ITALIANI D’AMERICA (USA E CANADA) LE SCIENZE UMANI E SOCIALI [Italian Professors of America (USA and Canada) The Social and Human Sciences]”, 4/13–4/14/2007

La redenzione del legno soprannaturale nella letteratura italiana.” 57th MIFLC at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 10/11-10/13/2007.

Gaspara Stampa, Search for Freedom.” 56th MIFLC at James Madison University in Harrisonburg,