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Angelo Castagnino

Angelo CastagninoAngelo Castagnino
Assistant Professor of Italian
Sturm Hall, Room 389
Phone: 303-871-2257




  • PhD, Romance Languages, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA, North-American Studies, Università degli Studi di Torino
  • BA, Modern Languages and Literatures, Università degli Studi di Catania


Angelo Castagnino studies Italian literature of the 20th and 21st centuries, especially focusing on characterization in the novel. He is interested in the narrative construction of the intellectual as a character and the socio-historical implications that such figure carries. He has published on the Italian crime novel from the dopoguerra to today, putting particular attention on the production of Leonardo Sciascia and the social function of the intellectual in Italy.

Angelo previously taught Italian at Bucknell University and Tufts University. At DU, he teaches classes on the Italian detective novel, the contemporary short story, and the connection between history and literature in the 20th and 21st centuries.


  • 20th- and 21st- century Italian literature
  • Characterization and identity in the novel
  • Italian crime fiction
  • Leonardo Sciascia


For a complete list of my publications, please visit