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Nicole Gounalis


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Nicole Gounalis

Ph.D. Candidate in Italian, with a Ph.D. minor in Slavic Studies.

Nicole joined the Italian department in September 2011 and is currently at work on a dissertation that presents an alternative reading of the Italian Futurist movement by placing it in the context of homegrown left-wing critiques and, with the theorization of neorealism, the emergence of Italian national cinema. 

Conference Papers

NeMLA; “F.T. Marinetti’s Futurist Nationalism, or: How to Understand the Polemic Against Tradition,” May 2015. 

Convegno annuale dell'Associazione per gli Studi di Teoria e Storia Comparata della Letteratura; "Verso una valutazione gramsciana del futurismo italiano," December 2014.

NeMLA; “L’ossessione lirica della materia: Futurist Montage in Poetry and the Visual Arts,” March 2013.

Paper accepted, UCLA Graduate Conference on Italian Polarities; “Fra tradizione e avanguardia: Maria Ginanni e Amelia Rosselli,” January 2013.

Carolina Conference on Romance Languages; "The Dynamics of Representation: Italian Futurist Photography and the Montage Aesthetic," March 2012.


Language Study

Graduate session of the Middlebury Italian School, summer 2013.

FLAS/CREEES grant for intensive Russian language study in Moscow, summer 2012.



ITALLANG 1, 2, 3, 5A (Italian language)

Teaching Assistant for Italian 101: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly; Spring 2014 and Spring 2015.

Teaching Assistant for Italian 129: Modern Italian Literature and Culture, Spring 2014.

Teaching Assistant for Italian 127: Inventing Italian Literature, Fall 2014.

Graduate Theme Associate, Stanford Casa italiana, academic years 2012-2013 and 2013-2014.


Languages: Italian, Russian, Spanish (reading), French (reading)


B.A. Bennington College, December 2010.

Other Information

Managing Editor, Stanford Arcade Colloquies; Spring 2014-present.