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Dylan J. Montanari

Ph.D. Candidate in French and Italian

Co-coordinator of the Philosophy + Literature Initiative

Theme Affiliate, Humanities House Residence

University of Chicago, 2006 - 2010
A.B. (honors), Comparative Literature

Late 19th-, early 20th-century aesthetics and
their literary-historical consequences, with a
focus on French & Italian intellectual history.


I have recently published a review in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Read it here.
Last summer, I translated a previously unpublished lecture by the American
composer Elliott Carter, which he delivered in Italian at the Venice Biennale.
This translation appeared in a special issue of Chicago Review 58:03/04.

Also for Chicago Review, I translated into English an interview I conducted
with the Italian poet Valerio Magrelli. You can find it in Chicago Review 58:2.
Review essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books,
Berfrois, and in Quarterly Conversation (click on links to read).
Shorter reviews have appeared in Philosophy & Literature (2011)
and in journals such as Annali d'italianistica and Forum Italicum.
The article "A Life Worth Reliving: Vico, Ledda, Taviani" appeared in conference proceedings - 
Shaping an Identity: Adapting, Rewriting, and Remaking Italian Culture (Legas Publishing, 2012).

Editorial assistant, Chicago Review 56:1 (2011), on contemporary Italian writing.
My duties included copyediting, proofreading, and translating two essays.


As Instructor (Language) --

ITALLANG 1, 2, 3 (First-Year Sequence)
ITALLANG 21 (Second-Year, First Quarter)
ITALLANG 5C (Accelerated Summer Course)
FRENLANG 3 (First-Year, Third Quarter)

As Instructor (Literature) --

FRENCH 132 - Literature, Revolutions, and
Changes in 19th- and 20th-Century France

As Teaching Assistant --

SLE (Structured Liberal Education), Winter Quarter, Prof. Marisa Galvez
This TAship was supported by a Teagle Foundation Grant.

ITALIAN 155 - The Mafia in Society, Film, and Fiction, Prof. Laura Wittman
The course and the TAship were supported by a Teagle Foundation Grant.

At the Stanford Summer Humanities Institute, I have been a teaching
assistant for Prof. Dan Edelstein's course "Revolutions" (2012–2015).


Theme Affilitate, Humanities House Residence, Stanford University
Co-coordinator of the Philosophy & Literature Initiative — 2011 to present
Production manager for Entitled Opinions hosted by Prof. Robert Harrison — 2011 to present
Conference Participation: University of Toronto (2011), CICIS (2012), Stanford (2014), CICIS (2015)
Conference Organization: Symposium dedicated to Calvino's Six Memos, co-organized with Alberto
Comparini (French & Italian, Stanford) and Michael Hoyer (Humanities, San Francisco State University).
Other: ESL Tutor, LOT Program, Stanford University, 2010–2011


FRENCH 132 Literature, Revolutions, and Changes in 19th- and 20th-Century France

This course will explore several of the most important texts of 19th- and 20th-century French literature. The aim of the course will be understanding stylistic and thematic experimentation in its historical/cultural context, with a focus on the theme of transgression : moral, political, and social. We will read works in all major literary genres (poetry, prose, and drama) and will discuss prominent movements such as Realism, Romanticism, Symbolism, Decadentism, and Existentialism through the works that best define them. Readings include Constant, Balzac, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Rimbaud, Flaubert, Maupassant, Jarry, Gide, Apollinaire, Breton, Yourcenar, Sartre. All readings, discussion, and assignments are in French.