Gaetana Marrone-Puglia specializes in modern Italian literature and postwar Italian cinema. A native of Italy, she earned a Doctorate in Modern Languages from the University of Palermo and a Ph. D in Italian Literature from Northwestern University.
Marrone-Puglia’s principal publications include articles in the 19th- and 20th- century literature, film, and cultural studies. She is the author of La drammatica di Ugo Betti: Tematiche e archetipi (1988; American Association of Italian Studies Presidential Award); New Landscapes in Contemporary Italian Cinema (1999), edited for Annali d’Italianistica; The Gaze and the Labyrinth: The Cinema of Liliana Cavani (2000; Scaglione Prize awarded by the Modern Language Association of America); Lo sguardo e il labirinto (2003; rev. and enlarged Italian edition); a critical edition of Ugo Betti, Delitto all’isola delle capre (2006); and is General Editor of a two-volume Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies (2007; Premio Internazionale Fondazione Rubbettino), the first comprehensive reference work on Italian literature and culture to be published in English.
Marrone-Puglia has also produced award winning films, including Woman in the Wind (starring the late Colleen Dewhurst), a documentary feature on Princeton’s intellectual and social history, Images of a University (1996), and Zefirino: The Voice of a Castrato (2007), a documentary film that traces the artistic evolution of the famed castrati singers.
She has served as Departmental Representative in Romance Languages and Literatures for eight years and as Director of the Program in Italian Studies from 1991-97. She currently serves as Acting Chair of Italian and on the Film Studies Committee, Program in the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and Program in Italian Studies. In 2010, she received the honorary title of “Cavaliere dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” from President Giorgio Napoletano.