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David Del Principe

Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures

Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 222
BA, University of Connecticut
MA, New York University
PhD, Rutgers University
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Articles published in:

- Liberazioni Rivista di Critica Antispecista, “L’ecogotico e i Critical Animal Studies in Italia: Pinocchio antispecista.” Liberazioni Associazione Culturale Antispecista. 29 (June 2017): 79-87. Vicenza, Italy.
- Liberazioni Rivista di Critica Antispecista; “Vampiri e vegani: Linguaggio, ecopedagogia e prassi.” Liberazioni Associazione Culturale Antispecista. Special Issue 21 Mostri (e) queer (2015): 38-57. Vicenza, Italy.
- Liberazioni Rivista di Critica Antispecista; "(M)eating Dracula: Cibo e morte nel romanzo di Bram Stoker.” Liberazioni Associazione Culturale Antispecista: 23 (Oct. 2016): 4-21. Vicenza, Italy.
- Gothic Studies, Guest Editor of Special issue "European and Italian EcoGothic in the Long Nineteenth Century," Volume 16/1, May, 2014. Manchester University Press: or Montclair State University Sprague Library:
- “The Monstrous Meal: Flesh Consumption and Resistance in the European Gothic,”chapter in volume, Thinking Italian Animals: Human and Posthuman in Modern Italian Literature and Film, Palgrave Macmillan (2014): 179-96.
- Studi italiani: “L’Ecogotico transatlantico e una lettura di Le Avventure di Pinocchio di Carlo Collodi.” 54 (Nov. 2016): 47-56. Florence, Italy., or

- Teaching Collodi's Pinocchio and its Adaptations, MLA Approaches To Teaching World Literature Series
- Teaching Italian American Literature, Film, and Popular Culture, MLA Options for Teaching Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Series
- Studi Italiani
- Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy
- Italica
- Forum Italicum

- Published articles through Kudos research service.

Interview (in Italian):

- "Dracula: una lettura non antropocentrica Intervista a David Del Principe. "LIberazioni: Rivista di Critica Antispecista," Inverno 19, 2014. Blog preview of Interview:

Book: Rebellion, Death, and Aesthetics in Italy: The Demons of Scapigliatura (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press)


19th-20th Century Italian Literature, the EcoGothic, Vegan Studies & Critical Animal Studies, Italian and European Gothic Literature, Italian Women Writers & Ecofeminism


Office Hours


7:30 am - 8:15 am
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
7:45 am - 8:15 am
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm


7:30 am - 8:15 am
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
7:45 am - 8:15 am
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Research Projects

Current Research Project

Monstrosity, Animals, and EcoGothic Literature: Flesh Consumption as a Site of Horror.

A study of the role of flesh consumption, animals, and monstrosity in nineteenth-century and contemporary Italian, European, and American Gothic literature and culture. Employing the precepts of Critical Animal Studies I take an antispeciesist, activist approach to illustrate how resistance to the dominant, meat-eating ideology destablizes the carnal borderline between the species and how the distinctions between carnivorism and cannibalism trope the nonhuman and unhuman bodies as specular sites of death and horror. I focus on Gothic literary works such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Ugo Tarchetti's Fosca, Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio, Antonio Fogazzaro's Malombra, Arthur Machen's The Great God Pan, Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla, and H. R. Haggard's She.