Beatrice Basile

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Ph.D. Candidate , Italian Studies
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She was born and raised in Italy. She holds a BA in Modern Languages and Literatures from the University of Bologna. In March 2019 she completed her Master’s degree at the University of Bologna in Italian Language and Culture for Foreigners, summa cum laude.


Her final project focused on the Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels and the relationship between the feminist theories emerging from the novels. These include the studies of important contemporary feminist philosophers such as Luce Irigaray, Luisa Muraro, Adriana Cavarero.


In 2017-2018 she was a visiting international student and Language Assistant in the Italian Department at Wellesley College, MA.


Her main interests are 19th and 20th century Italian, American Literature, Women and Gender Studies, Italian Film and Cultural Studies. She also works on the construction of Female Subjectivity in the Italian contemporary Novel.


She is now working on a paper that focuses on the relationship between the two female protagonists of Elena Ferrante’s novels and the city of Naples from a marginal perspective. This paper will be presented at the PAMLA 2019 Conference at UC San Diego, in November.