Carmelo Galati, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor – Instructional
Core Coordinator of ItalianCarmelo Book
532 Anderson Hall


Dante, Medievalism, Cultural Studies, Cinema and Television, Sicilian Studies, Italian American Studies


Carmelo Galati, Assistant Professor of Italian, earned his BA in English Literature and Italian in 2003 from the University of Pittsburgh. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2011. His research takes an interdisciplinary approach towards Dante and Medieval Studies by focusing on their adaptation and appropriation in modern and postmodern literary and popular culture. His scholarship aims to bridge together the medieval and the modern, making the texts accessible as well as clarifying their relevance today. In his studies, he is interested in how contemporary productions transform, modify, and extend Dante’s Commedia, thereby using the medieval poem as a springboard for the creation of newer, original works, while showcasing different modes of reading and thinking about literature.

For Carmelo teaching is an integrative process that surpasses lecturing in front of a class. Teaching is the opportunity to reach out to students, to have them discover more about the world, literature and perhaps about themselves. His enthusiasm and passion for teaching has inspired many of his students to pursue their study of Italian as majors or minors, study abroad, and pursue graduate studies. He has been teaching Italian language and literature courses at Temple University since 2007.



  • Hallowed Ground: Dante’s Commedia in the New Millennium. October 2011.

Articles and Conference Presentations:

  • “Galeotto fu ‘l libro e chi lo scrisse, La Commedia in palcoscenico: Un adattamento per il pubblico del XXI secolo” Ol3 Media: Musical! June 2010.
  • “‘Ed elli avea del cul fatto trombetta’: In Defense of Roberto Benigni’s Comedy” L’anello che non tiene: Journal of Modern Italian Literature, vol. 24, 2012
  • “The Nomadic in Italian Cinémedievalism.” Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston, MA, March 2013.
  • “Ed elli avea del cul fatto trombetta: A Defense of Roberto Benigni’s Comedy.” American Association of Italian Studies, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2011.
  • “Galeotto fu ‘l libro e chi lo scrisse: Adapting Dante’s Commedia for the Stage for a 21st Century Audience.” American Association of Italian Studies, Ann Arbor, MI, April 2010.
  • “Galeotto fu ‘l libro e chi lo scrisse: Adapting Dante’s Commedia for the Stage for a 21st Century Audience.” University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, March 2010.
  • “Purgatorio: Dante and the Protestant Reformation.” Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, October 2005.
  • “Pirandello and Sicilitudine in Six Characters in Search of an Author.” University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, September 2005.

Invited Presentations & Professional Activities

  • “Reaching Every Student: Strategies for Success in the Italian Classroom.” Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, August 2012.
  • “Teaching With Technology.” Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, September 2008.
  • “Dante and Cinema Round Table Discussion.” The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2001.
  • Panel Organizer and Chair, “Divine Adaptations: New Perspectives on Dante’s Influence in Popular Culture.” Northeast Modern Language Association, Harrisburg, PA, April 2014.
  • Panel Chair, “The Nomadic in Italian Cinema.” Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston, MA, March 2013
  • Panel Organizer, “Hallowed Ground: Dante’s Reception at the Beginning of the 21st Century.” American Association of Italian Studies, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2011.


Literature and Cultural Studies

  • Dante on the Screen: The Divine Comedy in Popular Culture and Media (Taught in English)
  • The Medieval Imagination
  • Gender Roles in Italian Society from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century
  • Italy, from Fascism to the Present through Literature, Film, and Press
  • A History of Italian Cinema (Taught in English)
  • Survey of Italian Literature I
  • Independent Study I: Dante’s Inferno
  • Independent Study II: Primo Levi and Dante
  • The Italian American Experience (Taught in English)
  • Sicily in Literature and Film (Taught in English)


  • Creative Writing Through Literature

Language Courses

  • Italian Language I, II, and III
  • Honors Italian I and II
  • Intermediate Italian
  • Composition II: Advanced Writing Skills Elementary