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. Documento, realismo e reale. Edited by Antonio Vitti, Roma: Metauro, 2008, pp. 99–120.

Dainotto, R. “Historical Materialism as New Humanism: Antonio Labriola’s ‘In Memoria del Manifesto dei Comunisti’ (1895).” Annali D’Italianistica, vol. 25, 2008, pp. 265–82.

Dainotto, R. M. “The discreet charm of the arabist theory: Juan Andrés, historicism, and the de-centering of Montesquieu's Europe.” European History Quarterly, vol. 36, no. 1, Dec. 2006, pp. 7–29. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0265691406059610. Full Text

Dainotto, R. M. “Between salt water and holy water: A history of southern Italy.” Journal of Modern Italian Studies, vol. 11, no. 2, June 2006, pp. 244–46.

Dainotto, R. Aleardo Aleardi. Routledge, 2006.

Dainotto, R. “The Discreet Charm of the Arabist Theory.” European History Quarterly, vol. 36, no. 1, 2006, pp. 7–29.

Dainotto, R. “The European-ness of Italy: Categories and Norms.” Annali D’Italianistica, vol. 24, 2006, pp. 19–40.

Dainotto, R. M. “Of the Arab origin of modern Europe: Giammaria Barbieri, Juan Andrés, and the origin of rhyme.” Comparative Literature, vol. 58, no. 4, Jan. 2006, pp. 271–92. Scopus, doi:10.1215/-58-4-271. Full Text

Dainotto, R. Giosu Carducci. Routledge, 2006.

Dainotto, R. M. “White, red, green ... and sky-blue. Maps and colors of political Italy.” Journal of Modern Italian Studies, vol. 10, no. 1, Mar. 2005, pp. 110–11.