Elisa Modolo, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor in ItalianElisa Modolo
525 Anderson Hall
Curriculum Vitae


Italian language and literature


Dr. Elisa Modolo is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at Temple University, where she teaches Italian language and literature, and visiting lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, teaching Italian language and cinema. She holds a Ph.D. in Italian Studies (2015) from the University of Pennsylvania; she also received a Master in Philology and Italian Literature and a Bachelor in Italian Literature from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

Dr. Modolo’s dissertation, entitled Metamorphosis of the Metamorphoses: Italian rewritings of Ovid between Renaissance and Baroque, focuses on literary and visual rewritings of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. In particular she examines the texts of Gabriele Simeoni, Giovanni Andrea dell’Anguillara, and Giovanni Palazzi, as well as their corresponding illustrations created by Bernard Salomon, Giacomo Franco, and Girolamo Ruscelli. Dr. Modolo’s interests Renaissance and Baroque art literature and book illustrations, women’s literary and cinematographic production, gender studies, and translation studies.

Selected Publications

  • “The Insider’s Voice, or l’abito non fa la monaca: Arcangela Tarabotti’s Revised Representation of the Nun” forthcoming in Female Identity and its Representations in the Arts and Humanities, Eds. Silvia Giovanardi Byer and Fabiana Cecchini, Cambridge University Press.
  • “Manutius and Bembo: The ‘Fellowship of the Book’ in Renaissance Venice” divulgation article (forthcoming) for the Aldus @ SFU Project (Simon Fraser University Publishing and Library).
  • “Il “disarmonico fragore” nella poesia di Luisa Zille” in Letteratura e dialetti, 7 (2014): 33-45.
  • “The Intertwining of Exile, Identity, and Memory in Satrapi and Paronnaud’s Persepolis” in Sin Frontera: Revista Académica y Literaria, University of Florida, Spring 2010, 1-15.


  • Survey of Italian Literature II
  • Elementary Italian II
  • Readings in Italian