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Rodica Diaconescu Blumenfeld Associate Professor of Italian

Rodica Diaconescu Blumenfeld is the author of a study on the Italian writer Carlo Emilio Gadda, Born Illiterate: Gender and Representation in Gadda’s Pasticciaccio (Hull: University of Hull Press, 1999). She is co-editor of The Pleasure of Writing: Critical Essays on Dacia Maraini (Purdue: Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures, Purdue University Press, 2000), and, more recently, of the collection of essays Poscritto a Giorgio Bassani. Saggi in memoria del decimo anniversario della morte (Milano: LED, 2012). She has published articles on filmmakers Lina Wertmüller, Marco Risi, and Gianni Amelio. Her current projects include a manuscript on the politics of cultural repression in classic and contemporary Italian cinema, and a translation of Dacia Maraini’s La grande festa (Milano: Rizzoli, 2011).

Apart from language courses, she also teaches (in English) courses on Italian cinema, seminars on contemporary Italian women’s writers, and on the latest Italophone African narratives (film and literature), from a postcolonial perspective.

She is also on the faculty of the Women’s Studies program, where she has taught the Introductory course, a course on Women in Film: Projecting the Female Body, and, more recently, Making Waves: Women’s Cinema after the Second Wave of Feminism. Her newest course is on European Women’s Cinema (Film and Women’s Studies).

  • Dipl, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Romania; M.Phil., MA, PhD, Columbia University
  • At Vassar since 1991


Departments and Programs


  • ITAL 255 / FILM 255 - Four Italian Filmmakers
  • ITAL 385 - Three Contemporary Women Writers: Dacia Maraini, Rossana Campo, Laila Wadi