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We are now accepting applications for Fall 2024 admission to our MA and Ph.D. programs in Hispanic Linguistics and Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies.
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Giordano Mazza, PhD

Visiting Lecturer

Hispanic and Italian Studies


Building & Room:

UH 1828


Dr. Giordano Mazza is a Visiting Lecturer of Italian in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at University of Illinois Chicago. He holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a Master’s and a Bachelor's degree in English and Spanish Literature, both received in Italy. His current research interests include 20th-century Italian literature with a focus on environmental literature and cinema, Italo Calvino and the fantastic mode, and pandemic studies.

Dr. Mazza was born and raised in Italy but spent several years studying abroad. He studied at the University of Seville, at Sierra Nevada College, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught the Italian and Spanish languages in Minnesota, in Wisconsin, and in Tennessee, for a total of over 7 years.

Selected Grants

Center for Teaching, Sewanee, The University of the South, Teaching Enrichment Grant, 2021/2022

Selected Publications

The Secrets of Calvino’s Ars Combinatoria. In Italica, v. 99, no. I, Spring 2022.

Antonio Mileo. L’eroe fuori gioco. La struttura dello spazio nella Gerusalemme Liberata. Napoli: Paolo Loffredo Editore, 2020. Pp. 277. ISBN: 9788832193442. In Quaderni d’Italianistica, v. 43, no. 1, 2022.

Giuliana Adamo. Désordre. Futurismi di ieri e di oggi. Roma: Armando Editore, 2021. Pp. 159. In Annali d’Italianistica, v. 40 (

Elio Attilio Baldi. The Author in Criticism: Italo Calvino’s Authorial Image in Italy, the United States, and the United Kingdom. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020. Pp. 306. In Annali d’Italianistica, v. 38, 2020 (Spring 2020) (

Notable Honors

2020/2021, Leadership Award Recipient, Graduate Association of French and Italian Students, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2019-2020, Instructor of Honor Award Recipient, University Housing, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Selected Presentations

NeMLA 2023 – Buffalo, NY The Resilience of Nature amid Environmental Destruction in Alice Rohrwacher’s Cinema (March 2023).

NeMLA 2022 – Baltimore, MD The False Authenticity of Books in Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler (March 2022).

SIS PG Colloquium Really Fantastic 2022 – Virtual Symposium Moderator of panel The Fantastic and Italo Calvino (February 2022).

AAIS 2021 – Virtual Conference The Persistence of Nature amid Environmental Destruction in Alice Rohrwacher’s Cinema (May 2021).

NeMLA 2021 – Virtual Conference Calvino’s Machines: a Key to Anti-anthropocentrism (March 2021).

FRIT Research Seminars 2020/2021 – Madison, WI Calvino’s Machines: a Key to Anti-anthropocentrism (October 2020).

FRIT Research Seminars 2020/2021 – Madison, WI The Secrets of Calvino’s Ars Combinatoria (February 2020).

Kaleidoscope 2019 Graduate Conference Embodying Transitions – Madison, WI Reflecting on Current Crises and Environmental Issues (March 2019).

GAFIS Symposium 2018 Turning Points – Madison, WI Environment and Religion in Alice Rohrwacher’s Cinema (April 2018).