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Daria Kozhanova

Romance Studies


Daria Kozhanova is a Ph.D. student in Romance Studies (Italian track) at Duke University. She works on contemporary Italian literature, feminist theory, and environmental humanities. Daria examines how Italian female authors reflect on anthropogenic ecological issues (such as climate change, pollution, resource depletion, and soil degradation), providing feminist and ecofeminist counter-narratives to the mainstream discourses of the Anthropocene.

Before coming to Duke, Daria studied in Moscow, Padua, and Bologna – the experience that inspired her second field of research and teaching. Having been involved in several translation projects (with Italian and Russian), she is interested in transnational Italian literature and literary translation, especially in the works of those authors who challenge the notions of national and linguistic “Italian” identity.