Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

Giovanna Summerfield

Giovanna Summerfield Professor, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
331E Tichenor Hall
(334) 844-2890

Office Hours

    By appointment


2004, Ph.D., University of Florida

Department and Other Appointments

Director, Languages Across the Curriculum Program (visit the Languages Across the Curriculum website)

Research and Teaching Interests

The long eighteenth-century (1660-1830) French and Italian literature (emphasis on Sicilian writers); religious and philosophical movements; European and Mediterranean history/civilization; material culture. Dr. Summerfield is also a published poet and short-story writer. Her favorite theme is Sicily, her motherland.

Representative Publications

  • Sicily and the Mediterranean: Migration, Exchange, Reinvention. (Co-editor and Contributor). Palgrave, 2015.
  • Scholarship in Action: Communities, Leaders and Citizens.  (Co-editor and Contributor).  Champaign, IL: Common Ground Publishing, 2013.
  • The Politics of Poetics: Poetry and Social Activism in Early-Modern through Contemporary Italy (co-edited with Federica Santini).  Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.
  • “Preparing and Engaging the New Citizens of the World.” Scholarship in Action.  Ed. by Barbara Baker, Kathleen Hale, and Giovanna Summerfield.   Champaign, IL: Common Ground Publishing, 2013.
  • “Interview with Costanza Quatriglio.” Italian Women Filmmakers and the Gendered Screen. Ed. by Stella Cantini.  New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • “(R)evolution of Man, Pinocchio: From Wooden Puppet to Real Boy.” Charles Darwin: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy.   Montgomery, AL: NewSouth Publishing, 2012. 205-215.
  • “Paris through the Lenses of Italian Directors (Bertolucci et al)” Film Locations: Cities of the Imagination, Paris.  Bristol, UK: Intellect, 2011.
  • Le Siciliane: Cosi’ sono se vi pare.  Alessandria, Italy: Puntoacapo, 2011.
  • Vendetta: Essays on Honor and Revenge. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.
  • New Perspectives on the European Bildungsroman (co-authored). London, UK: Continuum, 2010.
  • Remembering Sicily. (Co-authored) Mineola, NY: Legas Publishing, 2009.
  • Credere aude: Mystifying Enlightenment. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 2008.
  • "Fratelli e fratellanze del '68" Carte italiane. Volume 4 (Italy 1968: Representations in Italian Culture) (2008). Los Angeles, CA: University of California Los Angeles. 235-248.
  • Patois and Linguistic Pastiche in Modern Literature. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.
  • "Gli Arancini di Montalbano: More Than A Sicilian Culinary Note" Metamorphoses 14.1-2 (2006). Northampton, MA: Smith College. 286-291.
  • No Tomorrow (translation of Dominique Vivant Denon's Point de lendemain, 1777). Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2002.
  • "Contes de fées by Women of the Seventeenth-Century: New Discourses of Sexuality and Gender." Les femmes au Grand Siècle. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 2002 (reprinted in Literature Criticism From 1400-1800, Vol. 153 by Gale, Oct 2008).

Classes Taught

  • FLIT 3030, Italian Conversation
  • FLIT 3050, Italian Cinema
  • FLIT 3110, Special Topics in Italian
  • FLIT 3200, Languages Across the Curriculum/Music - Canta che ti passa
  • FLIT 3200, Languages Across the Curriculum/Art - Italian Baroque
  • FLFR 3200, Languages Across the Curriculum/History - Private Lives, Public Spaces in Early Modern France
  • FLIT 3200, Languages Across the Curriculum/Italian Culture - Viaggiando per l'Italia
  • FLIT 3510, Introduction to Italian Culture - The Italian Lover through Film and Literature
  • FLIT 3510, Introduction to Italian Culture - La donna e' mobile: The Passions of Italian Women
  • FLIT 3510, Introduction to Italian Culture - MAFIA: Machismo, Membership, Money
  • FLIT 3510, Introduction to Italian Culture - A Journey through Italy


  • CLA Engaged Scholar, 2009-2012
  • Outstanding Scholarly Achievement in Women's Studies, 2009-2010
  • PETL (Early Teaching Career) Award, Auburn University, Mar 2007

Last Updated: November 11, 2019