Loyola University Maryland

Modern Languages & Literatures

Dr. Matthew Harper

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Assistant Professor of Italian

410-617-2513
mlharper@loyola.edu
Office: 459 Maryland Hall

Education

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.A., Ph.D. Italian Literature

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Italian Cinema
  • Adaptation Studies
  • Realism

Recent Courses Taught at Loyola University Maryland

  • IT 103  Intermediate Italian I
  • IT 104  Intermediate Italian II
  • IT 303 
  • ML 380

Lectures and Presentations

  • “Zavattini Teorico: The Cinematic Theories of Cesare Zavattini” The American Association of Italian Studies Annual Conference. University of  Pittsburgh.  April 2011.
  • “Adaptation by Degree: A Study of Vittorio De Sica’s Ladri di biciclette.” Impure Cinema: Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Approaches to World Cinema, University of Leeds, Leeds England, UK. December 2010
  • “‘Tainting’ the Creation: L’oro di Napoli as Epitext.” Literature/Film Association Annual Conference, Dickinson College, October 2009.
  • “Multi-storied Films: Zavattinian Episodes in Amore in città and Siamo donne” Third Annual Robert Dombroski Italian Conference, University of Connecticut, September 2006.
  • “Silvana and Gilda: The Femme Fatale in Riso amaro Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, UNC-CH, March 2005.
  • “Miraculous Methodology: The Adaptive Process of Cesare Zavattini in Miracolo a Milano ”   Il Testo in Movimento: Themes and Techniques in Italian Film and Literature, Harvard University, February 2005.
  • “A Bicycle, a Boy, and a Saint: The Religion of Ladri di biciclette” Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, UNC-CH, March 2003.
  • “Various Uses of Technology in the Foreign Language Classroom” presented at Italian Language Instruction Workshop, UNC-CH, March 2003.

Service, Activities, and Memberships in Academic Societies

 

Service: College Activities (Representative assignments)

  • Department Senator (current)

 

Memberships in Academic Societies

  • Literature/Film Association
  • American Association of Italian Studies (AAIS)
  • American Association of Teachers of Italian
  • Modern Language Association

Publications

  • “Adaptation by Degree: A Study of Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves” in Jerzlev, Anne and Lùcia Nagib, eds. Impure Cinema: Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Approaches to World Cinema. (forthcoming) 

  • “A Bicycle, a Boy, and a Saint: The Religion of Ladri di bicicletteIncontri culturali da oltreoceano. ed. Antonio Vitti. Mauro: Rome, 2008. 91-102.
  • “Miraculous Methodology: The Adaptive Process of Cesare Zavattini in Miracolo a MilanoContemporanea: Rivista di studi sulla letteratura e sulla communicazione. 4 (2006): 109-16.