Roberto Maria Dainotto

Roberto Maria Dainotto

Professor of Literature

External address: 
217A Language Center, Box 90257, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90257, Durham, NC 27708-0257
Office Hours: 
TH 3:00-4:30pm, or by appointment

Modern and contemporary Italian culture. Publications include Place in Literature: Regions, Cultures, Communities (Cornell UP, 2000); Europe (in Theory) (Duke UP, 2007); The Mafia: A Cultural History (Reaction Books, 2015);  and the edited volume Racconti Americani del ‘900 (Einaudi, 1999). Work in progress: a monograph on Antonio Labriola.


  • Ph.D., New York University 1995
  • M.A., New York University 1990

Dainotto, R. "Historical Materialism as New Humanism: Antonio Labriola’s ‘In Memoria del Manifesto dei Comunisti’ (1895)." Annali d'Italianistica 25 (2008): 265-282. (Academic Article)

Dainotto, RM. "Between salt water and holy water: A history of southern Italy." JOURNAL OF MODERN ITALIAN STUDIES 11.2 (June 2006): 244-246. (Review)

Dainotto, RM. "Of the Arab origin of modern Europe: Giammaria Barbieri, Juan Andrés, and the origin of rhyme." Comparative Literature 58.4 (January 1, 2006): 271-292. (Review) Full Text

Dainotto, R. "Giosu Carducci." (2006).

Dainotto, R. "Aleardo Aleardi." (2006). (Academic Article)

Dainotto, R. "The Discreet Charm of the Arabist Theory." European History Quarterly 36.1 (2006): 7-29. (Academic Article)

Dainotto, R. "The European-ness of Italy: Categories and Norms." Annali d'Italianistica 24 (2006): 19-40. (Academic Article)

Dainotto, RM. "White, red, green .. and sky-blue. Maps and colors of political Italy." JOURNAL OF MODERN ITALIAN STUDIES 10.1 (March 2005): 110-111.

Dainotto, RM. "Ilvo Diamanti (2003) Bianco, rosso, verde.. e azzurro. Mappe e colori del lItalia polit-." Journal of Modern Italian History 10 (2005): 119-119. (Review)