John Welle

Emeritus Professor of Italian
Concurrent Professor of Film, Television and Theatre, emeritus


B.A. St. John's University 1974; Master of Arts in Teaching, St. Thomas College 1975; M.A. in Italian, Indiana University 1975; P.H.D. in Italian, Indiana University 1983

Research and Teaching Interests

Modern Italian Literature; Film, Media and Literary Interactions; 20th and 21st Century Italian Poetry; Early Cinema; Translation Studies; Ecocriticism


Assistant Professor of Italian, 1983-1989; National Endowment for the Humanities, Travel to Collections, 1987; Fulbright Award to Italy, 1989; Associate Professor of Italian, 1989-2002; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1995-1996; Raizis-De Palchi Book Prize, Academy of American Poets, 1999; National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2001-2002; Professor of Italian, Concurrent Professor of Film, Television and Theatre, 2002; American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2015-2016; Professor Emeritus, 2018

Representative Publications

"Andrea Zanzotto." The Literary Encyclopedia. On-line publication from United Kingdom. Published on-line in 2010. Revised in January 2023.

“’Tripping’ with Zanzotto: Poetry, Plants and Psychedelics.” Rivista di Studi Italiani Anno 41, n. 2 (2023): 245-270.

Gaborik, Patricia. Mussolini’s Theatre: Fascist Experiments in Art and Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2021. X-XII. Pp. 312. PSA: the Journal of the Pirandello Society of America, Volume XXXIV (2022): 90-92

“’Duty Free’: Notes on the English of Andrea Zanzotto.” Semicerchio: Rivista di poesia comparata LXVIII (2023/1): 24-32.

[The Poetry of Andrea Zanzotto], Rome, Bulzoni, 1987

Film and Literature, ed. [Annali d'Italianistica,] 6 (1988); [Peasants Wake for Fellini's Casanova and Other Poems], by Andrea Zanzotto, editor and translator (with Ruth Feldman), University of Illinois Press (1997)

"Film on Paper: Early Italian Cinema Literature, 1907-1920," in [Italian Silent Cinema: A Reader], Ed. Giorgio Bertellini, London and Bloomington, Indiana University Press (2013)

"The Beginnings of Film Stardom and the Print Media of [Divismo]," Chapter One in [The Italian Cinema Book], Ed. Peter Bondanella, London: BFI, 2014

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