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. “Does Europe Have a South? An Essay on Borders.” Global South, vol. 5, no. 1, 2011, pp. 37–50.

Dainotto, R. “Gramsci's bibliographies.” Journal of Modern Italian Studies, vol. 16, no. 2, Jan. 2011, pp. 211–24. Scopus, doi:10.1080/1354571X.2011.542981. Full Text

Dainotto, R. “With Plato in Italy: The Value of Literary Fiction in Napoleonic Italy.” Modern Language Quarterly, vol. 72, 2011, pp. 399–418.

Dainotto, R. “Luciano Bianciardi and the cultural labor.” Italian Studies, vol. 65, no. 3, Nov. 2010, pp. 361–75. Scopus, doi:10.1179/016146210X12593180344414. Full Text

Dainotto, R. “Pensiero verticale: negazione della mediterraneità e radicamento terrestere in Vincenzo Cuoco.” California Italian Studies, vol. 1, no. 1, 2010.

Dainotto, R. “Luciano Bianciardi e il lavoro culturale.” Italian Cultural Studies, vol. 65, no. 3, 2010, pp. 361–75.

Dainotto, R. Antonio Labriola. Edited by Mario Isnenghi and Simon Levi Sullam, UTET, 2009, pp. 729–729.

Dainotto, R. Rinascimento; Filosofia della praxis; Controriforma. Edited by Paolo Liguori and Pasquale Voza, Carocci, 2009, pp. 162-163;312-315;713-716.-162-163;312-315;713-716.

Dainotto, R. “`The Saxophone and the Pastoral: Italian Jazz in the Age of Fascist Modernity.” Italica, vol. 2, no. 3, 2009, pp. 271–92.

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