Saskia Ziolkowski
Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor


I work on Italian literature and culture from a comparative perspective, especially in terms of the connections between Italy and German-language countries. My research topics include modernism, the novel, animal studies, world literature, Jewish studies, migration, literary history, and issues of identity. My book Kafka’s Italian Progeny  (University of Toronto Press, awarded the American Association of Italian Studies 2020 Book Prize in Literary Studies) explores Franz Kafka’s sometimes surprising connections with key writers — from Massimo Bontempelli, Lalla Romano, and Italo Calvino to Antonio Tabucchi, Paola Capriolo, and Elena Ferrante — who have shaped Italy’s literary landscape. I am currently working on a monograph on  Jewishness in modern Italian literature and co-directing the Global Jewish Modernism Lab.

Current Research Interests

Italian literature from a comparative perspective, Jewish Italian literature and culture, Italian and German-language literary and cultural connections, modernism, animal studies, world literature, European literature

Authors examined in publications: Italo Svevo, Igiaba Scego, Franz Kafka, Elsa Morante, Italo Calvino, Thomas Bernhard, Elena Ferrante, Claudio Magris, Joseph Roth, Pier Antonio Quarantotti Gambini, Rainer Maria Rilke, Scipio Slataper, Lalla Romano, Antonio Tabucchi, Giorgio Manganelli, G.E. Lessing, Tommaso Landolfi, Natalia Ginzburg, Dino Buzzati, Paola Capriolo

Office Hours

Spring 2023
Languages 217A 
Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 p.m. and by appointment (zoom is also an option). 

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