Giulia Ricco

My research focuses on Italian and Brazilian literature and intellectual history, with an emphasis on fascism, representations of state violence, and transitional justice. In my dissertation, titled “Fascist Fiction: Inventing the Lesser Evil in Italy and Brazil,”  I explore the global, violent, and long-lasting impact of fascist rhetoric and practices in Italy and Brazil. My scholarship has appeared in the peer-reviewed journals Forum Italicum, Mester, and the edited volume Emerging Dialogues on Machado de Assis. I am currently co-editing a special issue of Cultural Dynamics titled “Contemporary Epistemologies of Militarization in the Global South.” This academic year I am the recipient of two competitive instructional fellowships: the first in support of an interdisciplinary undergraduate seminar I designed called “Global Fascism,” in which we study fascist cultural productions from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Brazil and the US; and the second for implementing the use of digital pedagogies in a project-based learning class on environmental justice in Durham, NC being taught at the Duke Human Rights Center. I am originally from Italy where I obtained both my B.A. (2010) and M.A. (2012) at the University of Bologna, in Foreign Languages and Literature, with an emphasis in English and Portuguese.

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