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MemberStephen A. Fredman

…U of Notre Dame…

20C and 21C American poetry. Relations of poetry to the arts, to religion, to transcultural movement. Author of Poet’s Prose: The Crisis in American Verse, The Grounding of American Poetry: Charles Olson and the Emersonian Tradition, A Menorah for Athena: Charles Reznikoff and the Jewish Dilemmas of Objectivist Poetry, and Contextual Practice: Assemblage and the Erotic in Postwar Poetry and Art. Editor of A Concise Companion to Twentieth-Century American Poetry and, with Steve McCaffery, of Form, Power, and Person in Robert Creeley’s Life and Work.

MemberCharles L. Leavitt IV

…U of Notre Dame…

I am Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Notre Dame and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading (UK), where I served for six years as Lecturer in Italian Studies. My research interests include modern and contemporary Italian literature and cinema, post-war Italian history, and the intersections between the Italian and African-American experience. I am currently completing a monograph on Italian neorealism. I have contributed to several books, including World Film Locations: Florence (Intellect Books, 2014); Transmissions of Memory: Echoes, Traumas, and Nostalgia in Post-World War II Italian Culture (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2018); and The Total Art: Italian Cinema from Silent Screen to Digital Image (Bloomsbury, 2019). My work has also appeared in leading scholarly publications including Modern Language Notes, Italian Culture, the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, California Italian Studies, Tre Corone, and the Italianist. A fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy, I have received an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Reading and a Kaneb Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award from the University of Notre Dame.