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Gina Miele

Assistant Professor, World Languages and Cultures

Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 222
BA, College of the Holy Cross
MA, Harvard University
PhD, Harvard University
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Dr. Gina M. Miele, assistant professor of Italian and former director of the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America at MSU, received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. She specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century Italian folktales, particularly those of Luigi Capuana and Italo Calvino. She has published articles in Italica, Marvels and Tales, Fabula and Italian Quarterly. She is a contributor to the Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales, Marvelous Transformations: An Anthology of Tales and Contemporary Critical Perspectives and Teaching Fairy Tales, as well as the co-author of the workbook that accompanies the textbook Parliamo Italiano. She has written essays and book reviews on Italian American studies in the Harvard College Journal of Italian American History and Culture, the Italian American Review, Altreitalie, the Paterson Literary Review and Primo. She currently is working on an annotated translation of the complete collection of fairy tales by Luigi Capuana and a study of how the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education can be extended to middle school, secondary school and university settings. Her other research interests include Italian and Italian America folklore, Italian women healers, Italian folk medicine and magic and Italian Women Writers.


19th and 20th century Italian literature
Folklore and Fairytales
Italian folktales and folklore
Luigi Capuana
Italo Calvino
Italian American literature and culture

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