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Roberta Antognini Associate Professor of Italian

Roberta Antognini has a Laurea in History of Italian Language from the Università Cattolica di Milano (Italy). She joined the faculty after receiving her PhD in Italian from New York University in 1997. Prior to her arrival at Vassar, she was an adjunct Professor at Columbia University and Fordham University. Her main research and teaching interests lie in the Middle Ages and Renaissance Literature, Translation theory and practice, History of Italian Language and Autobiography. She is the author of a monograph on Petrarch’s collection of letters, the Familiares: Il progetto autobiografico delle Familiares di Petrarca (Milano: LED, 2008), and the co-editor of the anthology of essays Poscritto a Giorgio Bassani. Saggi in memoria del decimo anniversario della morte (Milano: LED, 2012). Together with Deborah Woodard, she has translated the collection of poems Hospital series by Amelia Rosselli (New York, New Directions: 2015). Her essay on Giorgio Bassani’s translation of James Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice is forthcoming in the collection Giorgio Bassani. Lezioni americane (Ravenna: Pozzi, 2015).

  • DL, Universit√† Cattolica del Sacro Cuore; PhD, New York University
  • At Vassar since 1997


Research and Academic Interests

  • Middle Ages and Renaissance Literature
  • Translation Theory and Practice
  • History of Italian Language
  • Autobiography


  • ITAL 205a. Intermediate Italian I


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