I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my work with students and colleagues in Europe. I am humbled by the honor and hope to represent the university, my department, and my college with the distinction they richly deserve. My thanks to Jeff Carroll, LLL Dean and former Chair of English, and Laura E. Lyons, Chair of English, for supporting me.
Dean Jeffrey Carroll
Cristina and I have been colleagues for over 25 years. She has earned the respect of students and peers, alike. Universita di Napoli Orientale will thoroughly enjoy hosting her on both a personal and professional level. Ciao, Cristina.
The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board recently awarded English Professor Cristina Bacchilega with a Fulbright teaching-research award to Naples, Italy beginning in February. Bacchilega will teach a course titled The Fantastic in Contemporary American Literature at the Università di Napoli Orientale and conduct research on a recent fairy-tale film, The Tale of Tales. Most of her time will be devoted to MA-level students at L’Orientale, who as part of the Dipartimento di Studi Letterari, Linguistici e Comparati pursue American literature/studies within broader literary, linguistic, and comparative frameworks.
During her four-month stay, Bacchilega will also serve as a speaker and seminar leader at the OASIS-Orientale American Studies International School, a one-week summer institute at Università Orientale’s conference center on the island of Procida, off the coast of Naples. She has been invited to give lectures in Padova (Italy), Lausanne (Switzerland), Munich (Germany), and London (UK).
Bacchilega’s disciplines include fairy tale studies, folklore and literature, and cultural studies, and in her teaching of American folklore, literature, and film she takes a transnational and interdisciplinary approach, seeking to open up an understanding of the fantastic that is not devoid of historical and political significance.
About the Fulbright Program
The Fulbright Program aims to increase understanding between people of the United States and people of other countries. Grants are made possible through funds appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress. The program’s 12-member scholarship board is appointed by the president of the United States. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists, and teachers. Since its beginnings in 1946, there have been more than 360,000 Fulbrighters, of whom 53 received Nobel Prizes.