Barbara Spackman
Professor of Comparative Literature & Italian Studies
Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Italian Studies

Research Expertise and Interest

feminist theory, psychoanalysis, fascism and culture, gender studies, comparative literature, Italian studies, narrative, European decadence, travel writing


Barbara Spackman works on nineteenth and twentieth century Italian literature and culture, with special interests in decadence, the cultural production of the fascist period, feminist theory, travel writing and Italian Orientalism. Her books include Decadent Genealogies: The Rhetoric of Sickness from Baudelaire to D'Annunio (Cornell University Press, 1989), Fascist Virilities: Rhetoric, Ideology, and Social Fantasy in Italy (University of Minnesota Press, 1996), and Accidental Orientalists: Modern Italian Travelers in Ottoman LandsĀ (University of Liverpool Press, forthcoming).

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