Editor: Giovanna Summerfield


Current Volume: 101 (2024)
Issued Quarterly (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter)
ISSN: 0021-3020
eISSN: 2325-6672


Italica features original scholarly articles on all aspects of Italian language, literature, and culture as well as studies on language pedagogy. Interdisciplinary and comparative studies related to Italian literary and intellectual culture are also accepted. The journal serves members of the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) and other readers interested in things Italian through the publication of reviews, announcements, and bibliographies. Its "Bibliography of Italian Studies in America" includes books, articles, and reviews published by scholars residing in North America. Since 1983 the frequency of the rubric has been semi-annual, now providing over fifty pages of print content.

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Giovanna Summerfield, Auburn University

Book Review Editor
Jason Laine, Penn State University

Media Review Editor
Silvia Valisa, Florida State University

Editorial Office:
6030 Haley Center, Auburn University,
Auburn, AL 36849

Associate Editors

  • Theodore Cachey, University of Notre Dame
  • Luca Caminati, Concordia University, Canada
  • Roberto Dainotto, Duke University
  • Clorinda Donato, California State University, Long Beach
  • Mark Pietralunga, Florida State University
  • Colleen Ryan, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Deanna Shemek, University of California, Irvine

Editorial Board

  • Stefania Buccini, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Clodagh Brook, Trinity College, Dublin
  • Margherita Heyer Caput, University of California, Davis
  • Andrea Ciccarelli, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Clarissa Clò, San Diego State University
  • Silvia Contarini, University Paris Nanterre
  • Luca Cottini, Villanova University
  • Tiziana De Rogatis, Università per Stranieri di Siena
  • Jonathan Druker, Illinois State University
  • Lina Insana, University of Pittsburgh
  • Giuseppe Faustini, Skidmore College
  • Patrizia LaTrecchia, University of South Florida
  • Michael Lettieri, University of Toronto
  • Armando Maggi, University of Chicago
  • Andrea Manganaro, Università degli Studi di Catania
  • Carla Marello, Università degli Studi di Torino
  • Deborah Parker, University of Virginia
  • Paolo Proietti, Università IULM, Milano
  • Costanza Quatriglio, Filmmaker
  • Jeffrey Schnapp, Harvard University
  • Anthony Julian Tamburri, John D Calandra Italian American Institute/Queens College, CUNY
  • Massimo Vedovelli, Università per Stranieri di Siena

PDF Policy

PDFs are permitted and issued for the following:

  • Tenure dossier.
  • Special workshops the author is moderating.
  • Other requests to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • All PDFs will include a statement of copyright and a provision that the articles will not be photocopied, distributed, or used for purposes other than the terms agreed to by UIP.

Preprints are permitted for:

  • University repositories; UIP requires a publication statement to be posted along with the preprint.
  • Some journals have their own established policies and procedures for preprints. Please be sure to first check their respective Web sites before sending your request.

Postprints are permitted for:

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Please contact the Intellectual Property Manager for more information.

Please send all requests to:

Angela Burton
Intellectual Property Manager


Italica publishes critical studies on all aspects of Italian literature, culture, cinema, linguistics, language pedagogy, as well as interdisciplinary and comparative studies. The journal has a section devoted to translations of Italian major works/authors, cultural debates, and interviews, and is receptive to all scholarly methods and theoretical perspectives.

Manuscripts and editorial communications should be sent via email and/or attachment (MSWord) to the Editor, Giovanna Summerfield ( Attachments should be marked with the last name of the contributor, followed by the name/subject of the paper (e.g. Smith-Ariosto or Smith-Romanticism). Contributors are asked to provide a cover page with their name, complete affiliation address, phone number(s), and email and an abstract with keywords. Abstracts should not be longer than 150 words and keywords should not be more than 6. Italica has a blind referee policy, and all submissions are evaluated by at least two readers. The editorial staff will remove the coversheet from the manuscript before sending it for evaluation.

Obviously, a running head with the author’s name should not be inserted in the manuscript, but pages should be numbered. A brief bio (50 words max.) should accompany the manuscript in a separate attachment.

Submissions must conform to the MLA Handbook Ninth Edition and use American English spelling. Only (and all) works cited in the text should appear in the list of Works Cited. In MLA, entries in the list of works cited are created using the MLA template of core elements, and are arranged in the following way: Author, Inverted. Title. Title of Container, Contributor, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication Date, Location (see MLA 9, ch. 5 and Appendix 2). Authors have to acknowledge their sources by keying brief parenthetical citations in the text to the list of works cited that appears at the end of the paper (see MLA 9, ch. 6). MLA is not an author-date citation system. Parenthetical citations should include the name of the author and a locator (page, chapter, verse, etc.). If no author is associated with a source, then a short version of the title should appear. If more than one source is associated with an author in the list of works cited, then a short version of the title (initial noun phrase, minus articles a, an, the)should appear after the name of the author. Commas are used between author and title components; and semicolons between authors and between author citations and other parenthetical elements, including translations and other notes. Translations should appear in the text and follow MLA 6.75 (quotations). 

Books for reviews and reviews should be mailed, as a Word attachment, to the Book Reviews Editor: Jason Laine, PSU ( For Media Reviews, please contact Silvia Valisa ( All proposals must be submitted to the Book/Media Review Editor prior to writing a review, to ensure that the proposed review has not been assigned.

Bibliographical information to be included in the “Bibliography of Italian Studies of North America” should be sent to the Editor.

Manuscripts simultaneously submitted to other journals or previously published will not be considered. Contributors must be active members of the AATI at the moment of publication. For membership to the Association, see the AATI website and follow the link “AATI Membership.” Authors agree that copyright for their published article is transferred to the AATI. Authors of articles receive two copies of the issue in which their article appears. Additional copies of the journal maybe ordered at a reduced price.

Peer Review Policy

Submissions to the journal undergo a blind peer review process to be considered for publication. Peer reviewers are chosen based on their level of expertise in the field of the article and they may be internal (such as an editorial assistant) or external (independent from the journal's editorial management). The review is always a blind process, whether or not the reviewer is connected to the journal. 

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