Katja Liimatta

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I am a lecturer in the French and Italian Department at the University of Iowa since 2000. I have a Ph.D in Romance Languages from the University of Pennsylvania. My dissertation is entitledWoman as the "Other": Questions of Identity in Elsa Morante's La Storia. History, feminine historiography and feminism, along with psychoanalysis constitute my major areas of interest related to this novel. Before coming to Penn, I completed a Master's in Italian at the University of Virginia. My M.A thesis is on Giovanni Verga's I Malavoglia. Altough my area of specialization is Modern Italian Literature, I have also studied Renaissance and Medieval Italian Literature in depth. I have taught all levels of Italian language at the undergraduate level. I have also taught Renaissance and Modern Italian Literature.  


"Conflitto tra carne e spirito: ambiguita' neoplatonica nella poesia di Gaspara Stampa," Italian Culture, volume XIX, number 1 (2001), pp. 1-14.

"Ida's Jewish Quest in Elsa Morante's La Storia, Italian Culture, volume XVIII, number 1 (2000), pp. 103-123.

"Body and Identity in Morante's La Storia and Moravia's La Ciociara, "Romance Languages Annual 1999.

"Impressionismo di parole e suoni nella poesia di Pascoli," Italian Culture, volume XVII, number 2 (1999), pp. 61-77.

"Feminism, Feminine Historiography and Elsa Morante's La Storia, "Romance Languages Annual , volume X, tome 1 (1998), pp. 281-287.

"The Historical Novel in Italy: Tradition and Innovation," Working Papers in Romance Languages and Literatures, volume 3 (1998-1999), pp. 29-40.

Book reviews:

Marco Bardini. Morante Elsa. Italiana. Di professione, poeta. Pisa: Nistri-Lischi, 1999. Forthcoming in Italian Quarterly.