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Rachel A. Walsh

Rachel WalshRachel A. Walsh
Associate Professor of Italian
Sturm Hall, Room 341
Phone: 303-871-3492
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    • PhD, Italian, University of Chicago
    • MA, Italian, University of Chicago
    • AB, Music Theory and Composition, The College of William and Mary
    • Rotary International Long Term Youth Exchange, Liceo Scietifico Piero Gobetti, Turin, Italy


Rachel A. Walsh's primary research broadly focuses on Italian literature of the 18th and 19th centuries. Her methodological approach is literary-historical and philological, rereading both canonical and non-canonical figures and texts in an attempt to shed new light on their historical significance and impact on Italian studies today.

She presently is serving a five-year term on the Modern Language Association's Executive Committee for the Division of 17th- 18th- and 19th- Century Italian Literature (2013-2018) and was the 2012-13 Monticello College Foundation Fellow-in-Residence at the Newberry Library. Her current research focuses on Rome’s Academy of Arcadians and she is working toward completing the first definitive critical-edition of Giovan Mario Crescimbeni’s monumental literary-historical and aesthetic work of the early 18th-century, La bellezza della volgar poesia.

Rachel serves as the adviser for all DU Italian majors, minors and students planning to study in Italy. She was named Faculty Adviser of the Year at the 2012 all-campus award ceremony. She regularly teaches upper-level courses in Italian, including: Dante, Introduction to Literature, Love and War in the Renaissance, Reading and Conversation, Teatro e società del '700, and Exile and Italian Literature, a first-year seminar course that is taught in English.

While her research has taken her all over Italy, Rachel's heart is always in Piedmont, where she first fell in love with all things Italian during a year-long study abroad exchange in high school.


  • 18th and 19th century Italian literature
  • Ugo Foscolo
  • Canon formation and literary histories
  • Italian theatre



Ugo Foscolo's Tragic Vision in Italy and England.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press; Italian Studies Series, October, 2014.  

Selected Refereed Articles, Essays and Reviews:

Parmegiani, Sandra. Ugo Foscolo and English Culture. London: Legenda (Modern Humanities Research Association and Maney Publishing), 2011. For Quaderni d'italianistica. Accepted 10/2012, forthcoming 2014. (invited review).

"Defensio Italiæ: Exploring Rhetorical Strategies in the Writings of L. A. Muratori and P. J. Martello." Italica. 60:4, (Winter 2013): 548-566.

Segatori, Stefania. Forme, temi e motivi della narrativa di Ippolito Nievo. Firenze: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 2011. Quaderni d'italianistica, 34.1 (Spring 2013): 290-292. (invited review).

"Difetti di disegno: Sul nuovo teatro di Como di Ugo Foscolo," Giornale storico della letteratura italiana 625.1 (2012): 91-109.

"Oggi in TV: Italian Television and Intermediate Language Instruction," in Italian Outside of Italy -The Situation in Canada, USA and the English-Speaking World, ed. Salvatore Bancheri, (Toronto: The Frank Iacobucci Center for Italian Canadian Studies, Legas Publishing, 2012), 117-134.

"Ugo Foscolo." The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 September 2011. (invited biography).

"Making Histories and Defending Reputations: Ludovico Antonio Muratori and Ugo Foscolo." Rassegna Europea di Letteratura Italiana 36 (December 2010): 111-128.

"Theatrical Spinning: Ricciarda and Ugo Foscolo's Campaign for Fame." MLN 124 (Italian Issue, January 2009): 137-157.