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Roberto Maria Dainotto

Professor of Literature
Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708
106 Friedl Building, Box 90257, Durham, NC 27708


Roberto Dainotto is Professor of Literature, Italian and International Comparative Studies at Duke University. He has been Professeur invitè at the Université Paris Ouest, and Fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies in South Africa. His main research and teaching interests hinge on the concepts of place and space as narrative, rhetorical, and geopolitical organizational categories. His publications include Place in Literature: Regions, Cultures, Communities (Cornell UP, 2000); Europe (in Theory) (Duke UP, 2007), winner of the 2010 Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies; and Mafia: A Cultural History (Reaktion Books, 2015). He has also edited Racconti Americani del ‘900 (Einaudi scuola, 1999), a monographic issue of Italian Culture on Giambattista Vico (2017), and co-edited with Fredric Jameson Gramsci in the World (Duke UP, 2020).

Office Hours

M 3:00-4:30pm. To schedule an appointment: <>.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Literature · 2020 - Present Literature, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of Romance Studies · 2020 - Present Romance Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

New York University · 1995 Ph.D.
New York University · 1990 M.A.