Professor of Italian

Antonello Borra is a poet, a translator, and a scholar. He received his Laurea in Lingue e letterature straniere moderne (English and Spanish) from the Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy, in 1988, and both his M.A. (1993) and his Ph.D. (1998) in Italian Studies from Brown University.
 
His most recent book is Guittone d’Arezzo. Selected Poems and Prose, University of Toronto Press, 2017. He regularly contributes poems, translations, and critical articles to several journals and magazines both in Italy and the United States. His poems have been translated into English, Catalan, and German.
 

Research and/or Creative Works


Publications

Criticism and language pedagogy:

Trame. A Contemporary Italian Reader (co-authored with Cristina Abbona-Sneider and Cristina Pausini), Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2009.

Italian Through Film: The Classics (co-authored with Cristina Pausini), Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2006.

Italian Through Film. A Text for Italian Courses, (co-authored with Cristina Pausini), Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2003.

Guittone d'Arezzo e le maschere del poeta. La lirica cortese tra ironia e palinodia, Longo Editore, Ravenna, 2000.

Poetry and translations:

Guittone d’Arezzo. Selected Poems and Prose, University of Toronto Press, 2017.

AlphabeTiere / Alfabestiario (Translated by Adriana Borra and Barbara Krohn) Regensbug, Kern Verlag, 2015.

Alfabestiario, Fomite Press, Burlington, 2013.

Alphabetabestiario, Fomite Press, Burlington, 2011.

Alfabestiario, Lietocolle, Parè (Como), 2009.

J. Hoesle, E adesso? (translated with Carla Gronda), Meridiano Zero, Padova, 2006.

Frammenti di tormenti (seconda parte), Lietocolle, Parè (Como), 2006.

J. Hoesle, Prima di tutti i secoli, (translated with Adriana Borra), Meridiano Zero, Padova, 2003.

Frammenti di tormenti (prima parte), Longo Editore, Ravenna, 2000.

Refereed Articles:

“Paesaggi del silenzio con figura”: note sulla recente poesia di Camillo Pennati” in Italica. Journal of the Association of Teachers of Italian Volume 93, Number 4, Winter 2016, pp. 740-747.

“Guittone all’Inferno?” in Italica. Journal of the Association of Teachers of Italian,
Volume, 93, Number 1, Spring 2016, pp. 23-36.

“Cinema e poesia: appunti su una scena da La stanza del figlio”, in Italica. Journal of the Association of Teachers of Italian, Volume, 91, Number 3, Fall 2014, pp. 400-406.

“Poesia e democrazia: il caso dell’ultimo Raboni”, in Italica. Journal of the Association of Teachers of Italian, Volume 88, Number 4, Fall 2011, pp. 621-627.

“Roman Piazzas: Civic Poetry in a Text by Patrizia Cavalli”, in Annali d’Italianistica Capital City: Rome 1870-2010, vol. 28, 2010, pp. 403-408.

“Some Remarks on Piedmontese Proverbs”, in The Proverbial “Pied Piper”, Kevin S. McKenna (ed.), Peter Lang, New York, 2009, pp. 187-194.

“La novità della tradizione nella poesia di Patrizia Valduga”, L’anello che non tiene. Journal of Modern Italian Literature, vol. 15, Spring-Fall 2003, pp. 9-15.

“Fuori dal coro: il caso di Dario Villa (1953-1996)”, in Gradiva. International Journal of Italian Poetry, nos. 23-24, Fall 2003, pp. 56-67.

“Scommesse di Cavalli (Riflessioni e Spunti di Lettura)” in Northeast Modern Language Association Italian Studies, Volume XVIII, Selected Proceedings of the Pittsburgh Conference, April 8-9, 1994, pp. 149-156.

Book Reviews, Introductions, Translations of Poems, and Encyclopedia Entries:

“Nota a Spostare l’ora” and “Michael Krüger, from Umstellung der Zeit” Introduction and translations in Italian Poetry Review, vol. X-XI, 2015-2016, pp. 179-193.

“Poesie di Ramon Farrés” in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 47, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2016, pp. 50-53.

“Poesie di Cinta Massip” in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 47, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2016, pp. 54-60.

Review of Giorgio Luzzi Troppo tardi per Santiago in Gradiva. International Journal of Italian Poetry, 49 Spring 2016, p. 153.

Review of Giovanni Tesio Il canto dei presepi e Parole essenziali in Gradiva. International Journal of Italian Poetry, 49 Spring 2016 pp. 153-54.

“Giovanni Raboni”. The Literary Encyclopedia. First Published 21 January 2015 (3875 words).
 
To Those Who Stayed by Greg Delanty’s Translation in Gradiva Gradiva. International Journal of Italian Poetry, 48 Fall 2015 p. 74.
 
Review of Nanni Cagnone Tacere fra gli alberi in Gradiva. International Journal of Italian Poetry, 48 Fall 2015 pp. 147-48.
 
“Emilio Rentocchini (con una nota di Antonello Borra)” in Gradiva. International Journal of Italian Poetry, no. 45, Spring 2014, pp. 23-29.
 
“Poesie di Carol Gaiser” (co-translated with Maria Pace Ottieri and Silvia Bre) in Maria Pace Ottieri e Carol Gaiser Promettimi di non morire, Nottetempo: Roma, 2013, pp. 217-255. 
 
Damned di John Berryman Translation appeared in La Repubblica Sera, 10 maggio 2013.
 
Review of The FSG Anthology of XX Century Italian Poetry. in Italian Culture, vol. XXXI, n. I, March 2013, pp. 68-69.
 
Review of Patrizia Valduga Libro delle laudi, in Gradiva. International Journal of Italian Poetry, no. 41/42, Spring / Fall 2012, pp. 199-201.
 
“Poesie di José Watanabe”, in Italian Poetry Review, vol. VI, 2011, pp. 181-190.
 
“Watching Marco Baliani’s Body of State” in Marco Baliani, Body of State. The Moro Affair, A Nation Divided. Madison, New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2011, pp. 135-137.
 
Introduction to the poetry of Camillo Pennati, in Gradiva. International Journal of Italian Poetry, no. 39/40, Spring / Fall 2011, pp. 30-35.
 
Review of Patrizia Valduga (a cura di) Poeti innamorati, in Gradiva. International Journal of Italian Poetry, no. 39/40, Spring / Fall 2011, p. 243.
 
“L’Antologia Palatina, Libro XVII”, introduction to and a selection of translations from the poetry of Greg Delanty, in Poesia, n. 261, 2011, pp. 30-39.
 
Introduction to the poetry of Tiziano Fratus, in Gradiva. International Journal of Italian Poetry, no. 37/38, Spring / Fall 2010.
 
Review of Simon West (editor), The Selected Poetry of Guido Cavalcanti in Mosaici: St. Andrews Journal of Italian Poetry, Fall 2010.
 
Review of Mario Inglese, La didattica della poesia nella classe di lingua, in Italica. Journal of the Association of Teachers of Italian, Vol. 86, n. 1, Spring 2009, pp. 139-140.
 
Review of Roberta Capelli (ed.), Guittone d’ArezzoDel carnale amore, in Italica. Journal of the Association of Teachers of Italian, Vol. 85, n. 4, Winter 2008, pp. 486-487.
 
“Filosofi e poeti: Tomaso Kemeny al Festival di filosofia di Modena”, in Steve, Rivista di poesia, n. 33, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2007.
 
“Otto momenti lirico-filosofici di Emilio Rentocchini”, in Italian Poetry Review, vol. II, 2007, pp. 47-49.
 
“Guittone d'Arezzo”, in Routledge Encyclopedia of Italian literary Studies. Routledge, New York and London, 2006, pp. 925-928.
 
Review of Emilio Rentocchini Ottave, in L’anello che non tiene. Journal of Modern Italian Literature, vol. 16-17, Spring-Fall 2004-2005, pp. 152-157.
 
“Da Secreto Militar di Roberto Sosa”, in Secondo tempo, n. 22, 2004.
 
 “Presentazione di cinque poesie di Tina Escaja”, in Vernice, n. xx, 2004.
 
Review of Patrizia Valduga, Quartine. Seconda Centuria, in Yale Italian Poetry, VII, 2003, pp. 9-15.
 
Review of Francesca Geymonat, ed., <<Questioni  filosofiche>> in volgare mediano dei primi del Trecento, in Italian Quarterly, nos. 155-56, Winter-Spring 2003.
 
“W. S. Merwin. L'Occhio Bianco della Notte”, introduction to and a selection of translations from the poetry of W.S. Merwin, in Poesia, n. 101, 1996, pp. 51-56.
 
Published Poems:

Voto Non Voto / I Vote I Vote Not in 05401 PLUS, October, Burlington, 2016

Il formichiere, in Gradiva. International Journal of Italian Poetry, no. 50, Fall 2016.

Autoscatti XVII: Europa in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 48, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2016.

11 Monologhi dei matti in L’immaginazione, n. 293, Manni editori, S. Casario di Lecce, 2016.

Quattro poesie inedite da Alfabestiario (terza parte) in Ecozon@. European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment, Vol. 7, n. 1, Universitad de Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, 2016.

Autoscatti XVII: Fedra in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 47, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2016.

11 Monologhi dei matti in L’immaginazione, n. 291, Manni editori, S. Casario di Lecce, 2016.
(The texts are mistakenly attributed to Simone Giorgino)

L’aragosta e La locusta Poesia, n. 310, Crocetti Editore, Milano, 2015.

Autoscatti XVI: Icaro in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 46, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2015.

Dal Piemonte al Vermont (Autopresentazione) e Il cinghiale in Studi Italiani n.1 2014 pp.170-72

Il Dodo and Il Kiwi in So Little Time Words and Images for a World in Climate Crisis. Brattleboro: Green Writers Press, 2014.

Tre monologhi da Fabbrica delle idee. Monologhi dei matti, Gradiva. International Journal of Italian Poetry, no. 46, Fall 2014.

Autoscatti XV: Pandora in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 45, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2014.

Monologo dei matti 45 and Monologo dei matti 50 in Assalto ai forni, deComporre Edizioni, Gaeta, 2014.

Autoscatti XIV: Endimione in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 44, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2013.

Autoscatti XIII: Psiche e Amore in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 43, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2012.

One madman’s monologue from A factory of ideas in Literary Matters, Volume 5.3, Fall/Winter 2012.

Autoscatti XII: Sisifo in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 42, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2012.

7 poems in The WRUV Reader: An Anthology of Vermont Writers, edited by Chris Evans. Burlington, 2012.

La lucertola in Animali diversi, a cura di E. Guarracino. Busto Arsizio: Nomos, 2011.

Autoscatti XI: Aracne in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 41, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2011.

Autoscatti X: Proteo in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 40, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2011.

The swallow in The Burlington Free Press, Sunday, April 3, 2011.

La rondine in The Salon. A Journal of Poetry and Fiction, Issue No. 3, Spring 2011.

Selections from Alfabestiario and Frammenti di tormenti  (prima, seconda e terza parte) in In forma di parole, Poeti italiani negli States, Anno trentesimo, numero quarto, 2010.

Autoscatti IX: Medea in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 39, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2010.

Autoscatti VIII: Dioniso, in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 38, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2010.

Cannibali, in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 38, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2010.

Selections from Nuove bestie and Frammenti di tormenti  (terza parte) in Italian Poetry Review, vol. IV, 2009.

Per Paolo, in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 37, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2009.

Autoscatti VII: Pan, in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 37, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2009.

Autoscatti VI: Orfeo, in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 36, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2009.

Bestiario, in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 35, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2008.

Autoscatti V: Prometeo, in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 35, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2008.

Autoscatti IV: Tiresia, in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 34, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2008.

Autoscatti III: Filèmone e Bauci, in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 33, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2007.

Autoscatti II: Narciso, in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 32, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2007.

Autoscatti I: Erisìttone, in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 31, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2006.

3 frammenti, in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 30, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2006.

9 frammenti, in Steve. Rivista di poesia, n. 29, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2005.

24 frammenti, in Il governo della poesia: atti del convegno, Edizioni del laboratorio, Modena, 2004.

Televisione, in L’area di Broca, Semestrale di letteratura e conoscenza, nn. 78-79, 2003-2004.

Altri frammenti, (10 texts), in Gradiva. International Journal of Italian Poetry, no. 25, Spring 2004.

3 frammenti in Plurabelle. n. 9, February 2004.

1 text for Angeli, ovvero l’arte dello stupore, a multimedia exhibition, August 31-September 28, 2003. The poem is also published in the exhibition catalog.

5 frammenti in Il Quaderno, n. 8, May, 2003.

Altri frammenti di tormenti (10 texts), in Prove d’autore, volume 2, 2002.

6 frammenti in Il Quaderno, n. 6, November, 2000.

Conference Papers:

“In coda al centenario gozzaniano. Rileggere le Epistole entomologiche” presented at the convention of the American Association of Teachers of Italian, June 28-July 3, 2017 Palermo, Italy.

“Notes on Gozzano’s Entomological Epistles: ‘Imitare le farfalle al volo’” presented at the Gozzano Conference, October 1, 2016 Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY.

“Consapevolezza ambientale nella poesia italiana di oggi” presented at the convention of the American Association of Teachers of Italian, June 22-25, 2016 Naples, Italy.

“Raboni, oggi” presented at the annual convention of the American Association of Italian Studies, June 22-25, 2105 Siena, Italy.

“Guittone all’Inferno?” presented at the annual convention of the American Association of Italian Studies, May 22- 25, 2014, Zurich, Switzerland.

Paesaggi del silenzio con figura”: note sulla recente poesia di Camillo Pennati” presented at the annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of Italian, May 31-June 2, 2013, Strasbourg, France.

La stanza del figlio di Nanni Moretti e la poesia di Valerio Magrelli”, presented at the convention of the American Association of Teachers of Italian, May 26-30, 2010, Lecce, Italy.

“Camillo Pennati: il paesaggio in parole”, presented at the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, April 7-10, 2010, Montreal, Canada.

“Poesia e democrazia: il caso dell’ultimo Raboni”, presented at the International Network of Italian Scholars Abroad conference, May 21-23, 2009, Napoli, Italy.

“Appunti sull’ultimo Raboni”, presented at the American Association for Italian Studies Convention, May 7-10, 2009, New York City, NY.

“In margine agli Ultimi versi di Giovanni Raboni”, presented at the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, February 26-March 1, 2009, Boston, MA.

Italian Through Film: The Classics, a new text for Italian bridge-courses”, presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention, November 16-19, Nashville, TN, 2006

Italian Through Film: The Classics, a new text for Italian bridge-courses”, presented at the joint convention of the American Association of Italian Studies and the American Association of Teachers of Italian, May 25-28, 2006, Genova, Italy.

“Guittone and his (English Translator’s) Problems”, presented at 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 4-7, 2006, Kalamazoo, MI.

“On teaching Visconti’s Il Gattopardo in first year language courses”, presented at the American Association of Teachers of Italian Convention, October 13-15, 2005, Washington, DC.

“La poesia di Rentocchini”, presented at the American Association of Italian Studies Convention, April 14-17, 2005, Chapel Hill, NC.

“Films as Linguistic and Cultural Tools in Foreign Language Learning”, presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention, November 21-23, 2003, Philadelphia, PA.

“Fuori dal coro: il caso di Dario Villa”, presented the American Association for Italian Studies Convention, March 13-15, 2003, Washington, DC.

“Novità e tradizione nella poesia di Patrizia Valduga”, presented at the American Association for Italian Studies Convention, April 19-22, 2001, Philadelpia, PA.

“Guittone e Peire Vidal”, presented at the American Association for Italian Studies Convention, April 3-5, 1998, Chicago, IL.

“Guittone d’Arezzo e la Provenza”, presented at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Convention, November 13-15, 1997, Atlanta, GA.

“Scommesse di Cavalli (Riflessioni e Spunti di Lettura)”, presented at the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, April 8-9, 1994, Pittsburgh, PA.

Awards and Recognition

1994, Brown University President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Honorable Mention, Recipient.
 

Associations and Affiliations

Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
American Association for Italian Studies
American Association of Teachers of Italian
Dante Society of America
 
Professor Antonello Borra

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Italian poetry, translation, and Italian cinema
 
Languages spoken:
Italian (native speaker)
English (near native fluency)
French (fluent)
Spanish (fluent)
German (reasonably fluent)
Catalan (reading knowledge)
Old Provençal (reading knowledge)
Latin (reading knowledge)
Ancient Greek (basic reading knowledge)
 

Education

  • Ph.D. Italian Studies, Brown University

Contact

Phone:
  • (802) 656-3576
Office Location:

517B Waterman

Office Hours:

Fall 2017: TR 10:00-11:00

Courses Taught

  • ITAL 001: Elementary I
  • ITAL 002: Elementary II
  • ITAL 051: Intermediate I
  • ITAL 052: Intermediate II
  • ITAL 101: Reading and Writing Workshop
  • ITAL 121: Issues in Italian Culture
  • ITAL 122: Dante's Comedy
  • ITAL 158: Early Italian Literature in Context
  • ITAL 167: Italian Poetry: Love, Etc.
  • ITAL 195: Intermediate Special Topics: Introduction to Italian Literature
  • ITAL 195: Intermediate Special Topics: Pop and Poetry in Italy
  • ITAL 196: Intermediate Special Topics: The Holocaust in Italian Literature
  • ITAL 196:  Intermediate Special Topics: The History of Italian Cinema
  • GRS 095: Introductory Special Topics: TAP: Post -WII Italian Cinema
  • WLIT 113: Italian Literature in Translation
  • WLIT 122: Dante's Comedy
  • HCOL 096: Honors College First Year Seminar: The Pursuit of Knowledge
  • HCOL 185: Honors College Sophomore Seminar: The Worlds of Dante
  • HCOL 186: Honors College Sophomore Seminar: Dante's Worlds
  • HCOL 195: Honors College Sophomore Seminar: Love and Poetry
  • HCOL 196: Honors College Sophomore Seminar: The Worlds of Dante
  • HUMN 195: Special Topics: Love and Poetry