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Carla Cappetti

Professor

School/Division

Division of Humanities and the Arts

Department

English

Office

NAC 6/318C

p: 212-650-6687

e: ccappetti@ccny.cuny.edu

  • Profile

    Carla Cappetti is a professor of English at The City College of New York, CUNY, where she teaches American literature and literary theory. She is the author of Writing Chicago: Modernism, Ethnography, and the Novel (1993).  She has published articles on Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, the Federal Writer Project of the WPA, and Natalia Ginzburg in Amerikastudien/American Studies, MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States , Acoma. Rivista Internazionale di Studi Nordamericani, Modern Fiction Studies, Against the Current, European Writers: The Twentieth Century, Rivista di Storia Contemporanea, Lavoro Critico. She is currently writing a book on wild animals in American literature, entitled The Beast in the Garden of American Literature. Honors: Fulbright Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, American Philosophical Society, Newberry Library Fellowship, whiting Fellowship.

  • Education

    Columbia University, 1989, Ph.D.  

    University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1981, M.A.  

    Universita' degli Studi di Torino, 1980, Laurea. 

  • Publications

    BOOKS and MONOGRAPHS (*peer reviewed)

    The Beast in the Garden of American Literature. In progress.

    * Writing Chicago: Modernism, Ethnography, and the Novel. N.Y.: Columbia University Press, 1993. Supported by ACLS Research Fellowship, APS Research Grant, Newberry Library Fellowship, PSC-CUNY Research Award, CCNY Scholar Incentive Award, and CCNY Eisner Award.

    * "Natalia Ginzburg." European Writers: The Twentieth Century, Vol. 13, ed. George Stade. N.Y.: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1990, 3131-3163.

    ARTICLES AND REVIEWS   (*peer reviewed)

    *Defending Hurston Against Her Legacy: Two Previously Unpublished Letters."Amerikastudien/American Studies. 55 (Winter 2010): 602-614.

    * "History, Mythology, and the Proletarian in Their Eyes Were Watching God," Approaches to Teaching Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God and Other Works, ed. John Lowe, NY: Modern Language Association, 2009, 37-53.

    * "Carla Cappetti on Richard Wright's Symbolic Fires," Bloom's Guides: Black Boy, ed. Harold Bloom, Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2009, 86-92.

    *  "Black Orpheus in the Underground City: Richard Wright's The Man Who Lived Underground." MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. 26 (Winter 2001): 41-68.

    *  "Zora Neale Hurston: la mitologia e la storia." Acoma. Rivista internazionale di studi nordamericani. II (Spring 1995): 76-87.

    *  "Sociology of an Existence: Richard Wright and the Chicago School," reprinted in The Critical Response to Richard Wright, ed. Robert J. Butler. Westport, Ct.: Greenwood Press, 1995, pp. 82-93.

    Essay review. "A Tradition of Midwest Storytelling: Douglas Wixson's Worker Writer in America: Jack Conroy and the Tradition of Midwestern Literary Radicalism". In Against the Current 9 (November-December 1994): 10 pp.

    * "Sociology of an Existence: Richard Wright and the Chicago School," reprinted in Richard Wright: Critical Perspectives Past and Present, ed.s Henry Louis Gates and K.A. Appiah. New York: Amistad Press, 1993, pp. 255-84.

    * "Sociology of an Existence: Richard Wright and the Chicago School," MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. 12 (1987): 25-43.

    * "Deviant Girls and Dissatisfied Women: A Sociologist's Tale." The Invention of Ethnicity, ed. Werner Sollors. N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 1989, 124-157.

    *  "Scrittori in terra straniera: il Federal Writers' Project." Rivista di storia contemporanea (April 1984): 161-88.  

    * "New Deal e intellettuali." Lavoro critico (January 1981): 145-69. Co-authored.

       

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