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. M. Tramonto and Risorgimento: Gentile’s Dialectics and the Prophecy of Nation. Edited by Alberto Ascoli and Krystyna von Henneberg, Oxford: Berg., 2001, pp. 241–56.

Dainotto, R. M. “Made in Italy. Look e identit nazionale nell’ Italia del dopoguerra.” Segno, vol. 219, Oct. 2000, pp. 47–60.

Dainotto, R. M. Die Rhetorik des Regionalismus. Architektonischer Ort und der Geist des Gemeinplatzes. Edited by Vittorio Magnano Lampugnani, Stuttgart: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 2000, pp. 15–30.

Roberto Dainotto, Mark. “A South with a View: Europe and its Other.” Nepantla: Views From the South, vol. I, no. 2, 2000, pp. 375–90.

Roberto Dainotto, Mark. “Vico's Beginnings and Ends: Variations on the Theme of Origins of Language.” Annali D’Italianistica, vol. 18, 2000, pp. 13–28.

Dainotto, R. M. “"All the regions do smilingly revolt": The literature of place and region.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 22, no. 3, Jan. 1996, pp. 486–505. Scopus, doi:10.1086/448803. Full Text

Dainotto, R. M. The Bolshevik in the Garden: The Invention of America in Fascist Italy. Edited by Stephen Fender, Keele University Press, 1996.

Dainotto, R. M. The Excremental Sublime: The Postmodern Literature of Blockage and Release. Edited by Eyal Amiran and John Unsworth, Oxford University, 1994, pp. 133–72.

Dainotto, R. M. Canon/Gender/Praxis. Edited by Mario Corona and Giuseppe Lom-, Herder Press, 1993.

Roberto Dainotto, K. “Myth and Carnival in Robert Coover’s Public Burning.” Rivista Di Studi Nord Americani, vol. 3, 1992, pp. 5–22.