Charles L. Leavitt IV

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Assistant Professor of Italian




B.A, University of Oregon; M.A., PhD., University of Notre Dame

Research Profile

Professor Leavitt’s interests include modern and contemporary Italian literature and cinema, post-war Italian history, and the intersections between the Italian and African-American experience. He is co-editor of the Italianist film issue and a Visiting Research Fellow of the University of Reading (UK). Prof. Leavitt is currently completing a monograph on Italian neorealism. He has contributed to several books, including World Film Locations: Florence (Intellect Books, 2014); Transmissions of Memory: Echoes, Traumas, and Nostalgia in Post-World War II Italian Culture (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2018); and The Total Art: Italian Cinema from Silent Screen to Digital Image (Bloomsbury, 2019). Prof. Leavitt’s work has also appeared in leading scholarly publications including Modern Language Notes, Italian Culture, the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, California Italian Studies, Tre Corone, and the Italianist. A fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy, Prof. Leavitt has received an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Reading and a Kaneb Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award from the University of Notre Dame.


Notes on the End of Rome Open City.” The Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies 6.3 (2018): 359-372.

“Repressed Memory and Traumatic History in Alberto Moravia’s The Woman of Rome.” Transmissions of Memory: Echoes, Traumas and Nostalgia in Post-World War II Italian Culture. Ed. Patrizia Sambuco . Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2018. 39-54.

Probing the Limits of Crocean Historicism.” The Italianist 37.3 (2017): 387-406.

“‘An Entirely New Land?’ Italy’s Post-War Culture and its Fascist Past.” Journal of Modern Italian Studies 21.1 (Jan. 2016): 4-18.

“‘Il realismo di un nuovissimo Medio Evo’: Boccaccio in the Age of Neorealism.” Le Tre Corone 3 (2016): 135-156.

Impegno Nero: Italian Intellectuals and the African-American Struggle.” California Italian Studies 4.2 (2013): 1-34.

Recent Work on Neorealism.” The Italianist (Film Issue) 33.2 (June 2013): 325-335.

CronacaNarrativa, and the Unstable Foundations of the Institution of Neorealism.” Italian Culture 31.1 (March 2013): 28-46.

Weltliteratur as Anti-Fascism: Philology and Politics in Luigi Foscolo Benedetto’s ‘Letteratura mondiale.’” Modern Language Notes ( Comparative Issue) 127 (Dec. 2012): 1171- 1205.

‘Una seconda fase del realismo del dopoguerra’: The Innovative Realism of Elsa Morante’s L’isola di Arturo.” The Italianist 32.1 (Feb. 2012): 35-52

Contact Information

120 Decio Faculty Hall



Mailing Address:

University of Notre Dame

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

343 O'Shaughnessy Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556