Catherine Ramsey-Portolano received her Ph.D. in Italian Literature from the University of Chicago and is currently Associate Professor and Program Director of Italian Studies at The American University of Rome in Rome, Italy. Her principal areas of research are Gender Studies, 19th & 20th century Italian women writers and Italian film, particularly from the early and fascist periods.
She has published articles on Italian cinema, such as Luchino Visconti’s 1941 film Ossessione and Carmine Gallone’s 1917 film Malombra, Igino Ugo Tarchetti’s novel Fosca, the representation of masculinity in Pietro Aretino’s Renaissance play Il Marescalco and Italian women writers, particularly Neera but also Sibilla Aleramo, Fausta Cialente and Dacia Maraini.
She co-edited a special issue of The Italianist dedicated to Neera, entitled Rethinking Neera (2010) and edited the volume The Future of Italian Teaching: Media, New Technologies and Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives (2015).
Ramsey-Portolano has recently published Performing Bodies: Female Illness in Italian Literature and Cinema (1860-1920) - a publication exploring how female illness was portrayed in Italian literature and early cinema, making the case that being sick had its advantages - sometimes even offering the female protagonist a way to become the master not only of her body but also of her story and destiny.
You can read more about the publication here.