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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 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.

  • Education

    Columbia University, 1989, Ph.D.  

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

    Universita' degli Studi di Torino, 1980, Laurea. 

  • Publications

    SCHOLARSHIP:

    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)

    * "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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