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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Last summer, I translated a previously unpublished lecture by the American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