Silvia Valisa

Associate Professor

Silvia Valisa

Contact Information

Office Location
Diffenbaugh 309
Office Hours

On Sabbatical.

Silvia Valisa is Associate Professor of Italian Studies. She holds a laurea in lettere moderne from the Università di Pavia, Italy, a D.E.A in French literature from the Sorbonne Nouvelle, France, and a Ph.D. in Italian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley (2007). She was a post-doctoral scholar at Brown University, RI (Cogut Center for the Humanities, 2009) and has held a research fellowship from the Newberry Library, Chicago (2017).  She is currently part of the inaugural class of faculty fellows of FSU’s Demos Institute for Humanities Data, 2019-2020.

Research Interests

History of Text Technologies - History of Print

Digital Humanities

Gender Theory, Gender Studies in Italy

Visual Studies - Photography and Cinema

History and Theory of the Novel

Courses Taught

"Gender in Italian Literature" - in Italian (ITA4930-ITA5900)

"Masterpieces of Italian Literature: from Dante to Primo Levi" - in English (ITT3430)

"Culture fasciste" in Italian (ITW4480-5485)

"People or Not - How to Read a Book with Character(s)" - in Italian (ITW4440-ITW5445)

"Italiani, italiane. The Making of a Nation, the Making of Identity" - in Italian (ITA4500-5505)

Digital Projects

  • Sonzogno Digital Catalog: 1885 Sample. FSU School of Information-Omeka, 2013 (in collaboration with Sanghee Oh and Wonchan Choi).
  • Digitization of Italian Newspaper Il secolo. Florida State University Libraries, directed by Silvia Valisa.

Selected Publications


Her first book, Gender, Narrative and, Dissonance in the Modern Italian Novel, was published in 2014 by the University of Toronto Press.

Currently working on her second book project, Sonzogno and the Making of Modern Italian Print Culture, 1804-1939.

Currently co-editing (with Morena Corradi, CUNY Queens) a volume on 19th-century journalism, entitled Notizie, novelle e note. Figure e temi del giornalismo italiano dell’Ottocento (publisher FrancoAngeli).

Selected Refereed Articles and Book Chapters