Ellen Nerenberg


Ellen Nerenberg is Hollis Professor of Romance Languages & Literatures (Italian Studies) and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University, where she has been a faculty member since 1994. Her Prison Terms: Representing Confinement During and After Italian Fascism (University of Toronto Press, 2001) won the Howard R. Marraro Prize from the Modern Language Association for the best book on an Italian subject in the 2000-01 biennial. She is the co-editor of Writing Beyond Fascism: Cultural Resistance in the Works of Alba de Cèspedes (Fairleigh-Dickinson University Press, 2000) and co-editor and co-translator of Marco Baliani's Body of State: The Moro Affair, A Nation Divided (Fairleigh-Dickinson University Press, 2011).

Her study of three prominent murder cases in contemporary Italy and the cultural representations of the issues these murders gave rise to, Murder Made in Italy: Homicide, Media, and Contemporary Italian Culture, was published by Indiana University Press in March 2012.

She holds degrees from Stanford University and The University of Chicago.

Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies
"The strength of this book is the author’s commitment to utilizing a variety of critical tools, as well as catering her analysis for a range of audiences. As Neremberg states in her introduction, the book is designed not only for scholars and students in crime studies, media studies and studies on popular culture but also for those who have a more casual interest in these notorious cases and the social realities they unveil."
--Lucia Rinaldi

Selected Works

Nonfiction: Cultural Studies
This book is about the cultural significance of three prominent murder cases in contemporary Italy.
Nonfiction: Performance Studies, Terrorism Studies
This is a critical translation of Marco Baliani's acclaimed monologue exploring the kidnapping and assassination of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro by the Red Brigades in 1978.
Nonfiction: Literary Studies, Italian Studies
Prison Terms examines spaces of confinement in Italian prose narrative between 1930 and 1960.

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