Roberto Maria Dainotto

Roberto Maria Dainotto

Professor of Romance Studies

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. M. “La citt e il represso. Moderno, postmoderno, e l’ immaginario del(la) capitale.” Edited by Fausto Carmelo Nigrelli, 2001, 49–72.

Dainotto, R. M. “Made in Italy. Look e identit nazionale nell’ Italia del dopoguerra.” Segno 219 (October 2000): 47–60.

Roberto Dainotto, Mark. “A South with a View: Europe and its Other.” Nepantla: Views From the South I, no. 2 (2000): 375–90.

Roberto Dainotto, Mark. “Vico's Beginnings and Ends: Variations on the Theme of Origins of Language.” Annali D’Italianistica 18 (2000): 13–28.

Dainotto, R. M. “Die Rhetorik des Regionalismus. Architektonischer Ort und der Geist des Gemeinplatzes.” Edited by Vittorio Magnano Lampugnani, 2000, 15–30.

Dainotto, R. M. “"All the regions do smilingly revolt": The literature of place and region.” Critical Inquiry 22, no. 3 (January 1, 1996): 486–505. Full Text

Dainotto, R. M. “The Bolshevik in the Garden: The Invention of America in Fascist Italy.” Edited by Stephen Fender, 1996.

Dainotto, R. M. “The Excremental Sublime: The Postmodern Literature of Blockage and Release.” Edited by Eyal Amiran and John Unsworth, 1994, 133–72.

Dainotto, R. M. “Canon/Gender/Praxis.” Edited by Mario Corona and Giuseppe Lom-, 1993.

Roberto Dainotto, K. “Myth and Carnival in Robert Coover’s Public Burning.” Rivista Di Studi Nord Americani 3 (1992): 5–22.