Elena Coda

Elena Coda

Associate Professor // SLC // Italian

Associate Professor // SIS // Philosophy and Literature

Associate Professor // SIS // Comparative Literature

Associate Professor // SLC

Associate Professor // SIS

Curriculum vitae

Office and Contact

Room: SC 274

Email: ecoda@purdue.edu

Phone: (765) 494-9543



Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Italian Literature

Specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italian literature and comparative literature; Hermetic poetry (Campana, Ungaretti, Montale); modernism; futurism and the historical Avant-garde; modern and postmodern city in literature, Simmel, Benjamin, Tafuri, Cacciari; Triestine literature, essayistic narrative.

Author of Scipio Slataper.  Palermo: Palumbo 2007 (316 pages) and co-editor of a comprehensive anthology of late-twentieth-century Italian poetry: The Promised Land: Italian Poetry from 1975 to the present.  Los Angeles: Sun and Moon Press, 1999 (530 pages).  Author of articles on Futurism, Tarchetti, Svevo, Slataper and Michelstaedter.

A native of  Italy, Professor Coda received her Ph.D. in Italian Literature from the University of California –Los Angeles in 1998. Her dissertation, entitled Between Borders: Reading Illness in Trieste,  investigates the cultural and literary ramifications of illness as assimilated by Triestine writers at the turn of the twentieth century, when the city still belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  It focuses particularly on the works of  Italo Svevo, Scipio Slataper, Carlo Michelstaedter and Umberto Saba.  Since, at this moment in time, illness is viewed as something that escapes normative and well-constructed order, Professor Coda argues that it becomes a useful paradigm to investigate not only the double political and social nature of Austrian Italy, but also its ideological and literary uniqueness.

Before joining Purdue University in 2004,  Professor Coda was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the  University of Wisconsin-Madison and at Stanford University where she taught a broad range of courses on modern and contemporary literature and culture.  Her recent publications include “Trieste è una donna: Woman and Urban Space in Svevo’s Senilità” in Quaderni d’Italianistica, (Official Journal of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies) and the article length entry in Italian Literature and its Times.  She is currently completing a manuscript on the work of  the Triestine writer Scipio Slataper to be published by Palumbo Editore.   

At Purdue she teaches undergraduate courses in Italian literature and culture. At the graduate level she teaches courses with an interdisciplinary comparative focus. In the Spring of 2005, at the request of her students, she helped launch the Italian Club.

Her extra-curricular interests and loves include: hiking, traveling, cooking (and eating of course), watching good movies and bad TV shows.

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