Patricia Gaborik

Visiting Professor

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Professor Gaborik is teaching Italian Studies 120: Masterpieces of Modern Italian Drama in Spring 2023.

A cultural historian of twentieth-century Italy with doctoral degrees in theatre history and criticism from the University of Wisconsin and the Università di Roma I La Sapienza, Dr. Gaborik is Professor of English at the Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica “Silvio d’Amico” in Rome and has taught at l’Università della Calabria, the American University of Rome, and the Universities of Wisconsin at Madison and Milwaukee.

Gaborik has published extensively on Italian literary and performance culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, giving special attention to the relationships between art and politics, nation-building processes and performance practice, and the theatre industry and the State, particularly under the Mussolini regime. Keenly interested in experimental drama of the period, she has published several contributions on Italian futurism, Massimo Bontempelli, and Luigi Pirandello, among others, and is editor-translator of Watching the Moon and Other Plays by Massimo Bontempelli (Italica, 2013) and editor of Cambridge University Press’ forthcoming Pirandello in Context. Gaborik’s monograph, Mussolini’s Theatre. Fascist Experiments in Art and Politics, also published by Cambridge in 2021, was awarded Il Premio the Bridge for American non-fiction and has been recognized by Choice Reviews as an Outstanding Academic Title. It will be published in Italian by Garzanti in the spring of 2023.

Dr. Gaborik’s research has been supported by the Getty Center, the American Society for Theatre Research, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy in Rome, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.