Cinzia Blum, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Cinzia Sartini Blum, Professor of Italian, holds a Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere from the Università degli Studi di Firenze, an M.A in Linguistics from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Romance Studies from Cornell University. Professor Blum teaches courses in Italian language, literature, and culture. She is a literary scholar and translator. Her main research interests include futurism, modernism, contemporary Italian women writers, and migration studies. She is author of Rewriting the Journey in Italian Literature: Figures of Subjectivity in Progress (University of Toronto Press, 2008, winner of the 2008 AAIS Book Award), and The Other Modernism: F. T. Marinetti’s Futurist Fiction of Power (University of California Press, 1996). She edited Futurism and the Avant-Garde (special issue of the South Central Review, 1996). Other publications include Contemporary Italian Women Poets: A Bilingual Anthology (in collaboration with Lara Trubowitz; Italica Press, 2001), an annotated translation of Carlo Michelstaedter's Persuasione e rettorica (in collaboration with Russell Valentino and David Depew; Yale University Press, 2004), a translation of Susanna Tamaro's novel Anima Mundi (Autumn Hill Books, 2007), and the volume New Italian Voices: Transcultural Writing in Contemporary Italy (edited and translated in collaboration with Deborah Contrada; Italica Press, 2019). Her work is also published in volumes of collected essays on futurism and Italian colonialism and in journals such as Italica, Philological Quarterly, and South Central Review. She is currently working on a research project exploring developments of the fantastic narrative mode in Italian literature.

Research areas
  • Italian
Cinzia Blum
Ph.D. in Romance Studies, Cornell University
M.A in Linguistics, University of Iowa
Contact Information

551 Phillips Hall (PH)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States