Torunn Haaland, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Modern Languages & Literature—Italian

Professor Haaland studied Italian and Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and received a BA in Media Studies from the University of Wales, Cardiff. She completed an MA and PhD in Modern Italian Studies at the University of Indiana. Her research...

Dr. Torunn Haaland

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Italian, Indiana University

M.A., Italian, Indiana University

B.A., Journalism, Film and Broadcasting, Cardiff University

Courses Taught

Ital 101: Elementary Italian

Ital 202: Intermediate Italian

Ital 307: Conversational Approach to Contemporary Issues

Ital 319/Inst 381: Organized Crime and Political Violence in Film and Literature

Ital 315/Inst 480: The Italian Cinema

Ital 380/Philosophy 495: Philosophy of Italian Culture      


Professor Haaland studied Italian and Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and received a BA in Media Studies from the University of Wales, Cardiff. She completed an MA and PhD in Modern Italian Studies at the University of Indiana. Her research interests reside in the areas of modern Italian literature and film, as well as in contemporary Italian Philosophy and memory studies. She is the author of several articles in addition to a monograph titled Italian Neorealist Cinema. Edinburgh University Press, 2012. https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-italian-neorealist-cinema.html

“Between Past and Present, Self and Other: Liminality and the Transmission of Traumatic Memory in Elena Ferrante’s La figlia oscura.” Transmissions of Memory: Echoes, Traumas and Nostalgia in Post-World War II Italian Culture. Ed. Patrizia Sambuco. Vancouver: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2018: 143-160. 

“Le vie verso la ragione: i segni del nuovo realismo in Gomorra.”Quaderni d’italianistica. Vol 37. No 2. Peer reviewed (2018): 191-210.

“From behind the barbed wire: Strategies of resistance in Primo Levi’s Se questo è un uomo.” JAISA (Journal of the Association for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Arts). Vol. 12 Special Issue, Systems of Control, Modes of Resistance. 2017. Peer reviewed. 

Book Review. Pacchioni, Federico. Inspiring Fellini: Literary Collaborations behind the Scenes. Toronto University Press, 2014. X 237. 2016.

“Bernardo Bertolucci.” Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies. Ed. Krin Gabbard. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Peer reviewed.

“Mapping the Nation: Journeys of Discovery in Neorealist Film and Fiction.” The Italian Cinema Book. Ed. Peter Bondanella. British Film Institute, 2014.

“Spatial Practices and Nomadic Thought in Antonioni’s La notte.” Italica 90:4 2013: 596-416. Peer reviewed.

Italian Neorealist Cinema. Edinburgh University Press. 2012. Peer reviewed.

Book Review: Vitti. Antonio. The Films of Gianni Amelio. The Search for a Cinema of Social Conscience, True to His Roots. Cineaste. (May 2010).

“Eco on Film.” New Essays on Umberto Eco. Ed. Peter Bondanella. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2009: 157-170.

“DVD Review: Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves.” Criterion Collection (2007).” Modernism/Modernity (Spring, 2009).

The ‘I’ and the ‘We’ in Mussolini's Bread and Circuses: Performing a Fascist Communitas.” La Fusta. Journal of Italian Studies. (Fall, 2006): 53-66.

“Moretti’s Epistemological Realism: Cultural Heritage and Intellectual Distance in Caro diario.” Forum Italicum. (Fall, 2006): 346-66. Peer reviewed.

“Echoes of Scipione in Fellini’s Roma.” Fellini Amarcord. Rivista di studi Felliniani. (n. 2 November 2005): 50-72. Refereed.