Sabrina Ferri

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

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Degrees

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

Research Profile

Sabrina Ferri is Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Notre Dame. Her research encompasses Italian literature, philosophy, science and visual arts of the so-called “long eighteenth century,” with a focus on the transition to modernity and Italy’s place in transnational contexts. Her work on Giacomo Casanova, Lazzaro Spallanzani, the late eighteenth-century Picturesque, Vittorio Alfieri, and Giambattista Vico has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals. Her first book, Ruins Past: Modernity in Italy, 1744-1836, was published in the Voltaire Foundation’s series “Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment.” Through the analysis of the representation of ruins by Italian writers, scientists, and artists between the mid-eighteenth and early nineteenth century, Ruins Past explores the culture of the period and traces Italy’s uneasy transition into modernity. She is currently working on Giacomo Leopardi and on a long-term project on fiction, revolution, and historical thought between the eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

Contact Information

213 Decio Faculty Hall
574-631-3737
sferri AT nd.edu

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