Marina Della Putta Johnston

Lecturer, Foreign Languages
Contact Information
Office Location: 
550 Williams Hall
Office Hours: 
Fall 2019: M 1-2, T 12-1 and by appointment

Marina Della Putta Johnston is Lecturer in Foreign Languages in Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Laurea in Lingue e Letterature Straniere at the Università degli Studi di Venezia – Ca’ Foscari with a thesis on “Italian Migrants in Australia and Related Questions.” After moving to the United States, she completed her PhD in Italian at Penn with a dissertation on “Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Madrid I: The Creation of the Self as Author,” and taught at Saint Joseph's University and at Rosemont College, where she directed the Italian Studies Program. Marina regularly presents her research at national and international conferences. She still enjoys researching and teaching about migrations, but the focus of her studies is primarily Medieval and Renaissance literature and art grounded in the history of science. She has published articles on issues of authorship and the intersection of drawing and writing in fourteenth and fifteenth century authors from Boccaccio to Leonardo; edited volumes of interdisciplinary articles in Italian Studies; collaborated with poet Taije Silverman on an English translation of poems by Giovanni Pascoli (Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli, PUP 2019); and she is currently working on a book on the polyvalent function of food in Pascoli's writings, tentatively titled “'Wine and Grain': on Giovanni Pascoli’s Table.”