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. Europe (in Theory). Duke University Press, 2007.

Dainotto, R. M. Place in Literature: Regions, Cultures, Communities. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2000.

Dainotto, R. M. Racconti americani del novecento. Milano: Einaudi Scuola, 1999.

Dainotto, R., and Edna Goldstaub. Portrait of the Artist as a Blind Martyr. Edited by The Museum of Israeli Art and Ramat Gan, 1994.

Dainotto, Roberto M. “Before and After the Rise.” Novel, vol. 51, no. 1, Duke University Press, May 2018, pp. 121–26. Crossref, doi:10.1215/00295132-4357588. Full Text

Dainotto, R. M. “Introduction.” Italian Culture, vol. 35, no. 2, Sept. 2017, pp. 73–81. Scopus, doi:10.1080/01614622.2017.1258783. Full Text

Dainotto, R. Notes on Q6§32: Gramsci and the Dalits. Jan. 2013, pp. 75–86. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203762035. Full Text

Dainotto, R. Repblica de las Letras. Que es laliteratura europea? Madrid: Arco/Libros, 2013, pp. 37–16.

Dainotto, R. “The Politics of the Event (Beginning)/Политика события (начало).” Личность Культура Общество, vol. XIV.1, no. 69–70, 2012, pp. 57–108.

Dainotto, R. “The Politics of the Event (Beginning)/Политика события (начало).” Личность Культура Общество, vol. XIV.1, 2012, pp. 57–108.

Dainotto, R. “Fredric Jameson: Postmodernit e Cultural Studi.” Moderna, vol. XIV, 2012, pp. 141–52.

Dainotto, R. World Literature and European Literature. Edited by Theo D. haen et al., Routledge, 2012, pp. 425–34.

Dainotto, R. Translating Laws: Montesquieu and the South. Edited by Federico Italiano and Michael R. ssner, Transcript Verlag, 2012, pp. 187–202.

Dainotto, R. M. “With plato in Italy: The value of literary fiction in napoleonic Italy.” Modern Language Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 3, Sept. 2011, pp. 399–418. Scopus, doi:10.1215/00267929-1275181. Full Text


Dainotto, R. M. Gramsci and Labriola: Philology, philosophy of praxis. 2009, pp. 50–68. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203879078. Full Text

Dainotto, R. “The "other" Europe of Michele Amari: Orientalism from the south.” Nineteenth Century Contexts, vol. 26, no. 4, 2004, pp. 328–37. Scopus, doi:10.1080/08905490512331329330. Full Text

Dainotto, R. M. “The Jewish risorgimento and the questione Romana.” Italian Jewish Experience, edited by T. P. DiNapoli, no. 21, FORUM ITALICUM, 2000, pp. 107–15.