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David Del Principe

Associate Professor, World Languages and Cultures

Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 241E
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


9:00 am - 9:45 am
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
9:45 am - 10:45 am
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Research Projects

Current Research Project

Animals, The Gothic, and Posthuman Culture: (Flesh) Consumption as a Site of Horror.

I take a Critical Animal Studies, antispeciesist approach to argue that, in an age of ecocide, “academics can, and should, take up the role of activist scholars,” fostering a more practical engagement between literary criticism, theory, and activism. I show how a multifaceted resistance to the dominant, meat-eating ideology underlies flesh consumption, animal slaughter, and monstrosity in nineteenth-century and contemporary Italian, European, and American Gothic literature and culture. I demonstrate how such a resistance destabilizes the borderline between the species and disturbs distinctions between carnivorism and cannibalism, marking the nonhuman/animal and unhuman/monster bodies as reciprocal sites of death and horror. I examine flesh consumption, carnivorism, and anti/speciesism in Dracula, discussing how the novel proposes social issues that resurface in contemporary culture, in the Twilight novel series, in the cult television show Twin Peaks, and in the phenomenon of in vitro meat, and how Dracula and the Gothic aesthetic herald environmental and ethico-political issues such as veganism that are vitally important today.