Sabrina Ferri

Associate Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies

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Laurea/B.A., University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy
Ph.D., Stanford University

Research Profile

Sabrina Ferri specializes in the Italian eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with an interdisciplinary focus on literature and its relationship to science, art, and philosophy. Her work on Giacomo Casanova, Giambattista Vico, Lazzaro Spallanzani, the late eighteenth-century Picturesque, and Vittorio Alfieri’s physiological sublime has appeared in Sincronie, New Vico Studies, Italian Studies, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, and European Romantic Review.

Her first book Ruins Past: Modernity in Italy, 1744-1836 was recently published in the Voltaire Foundation’s series Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment. Through analyzing the representation of ruins by Italian writers, scientists, and artists between the mid-eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Ruins Past explores the culture of the period and traces Italy’s uneasy transition into modernity.

She is currently working on a new project concerning Giambattista Vico’s theory of education.

In Fall 2012 she was awarded a fellowship at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. She held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Introduction to the Humanities Program at Stanford University (2007-09) and was the recipient of a Geballe Dissertation Fellowship at the Stanford Humanities Center (2006-07).

Contact Information

213 Decio Faculty Hall
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Mailing Address:
University of Notre Dame
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
343 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556