Alberto Iozzia

  • Visiting Assistant Professor

Alberto Iozzia is Visiting Assistant Professor of the Department of French and Italian, and Film & Media Studies.

Iozzia’s research focuses primarily on apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic literature and film. He has taught classes on history of Italian science fiction and on post-apocalyptic Italian cinema, and he has published an article on the centrality of the five senses in end-of-the-world narrative. 

Professor Iozzia’s book project, Last Time the World Ended: Making Sense of Modern Italy through Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, examines the recent history of Italy by revisiting the literary and cinematic works of speculative fiction that have anticipated, represented, or followed the cultural and social transformations capable of shaping the nation. The book retraces some of the defining moments of modern Italy’s political and intellectual life and analyzes the works of fiction that made sense of them through the metaphor of the end of the world.

Iozzia has co-edited a special edition of the peer-reviewed journal Italian Quarterly dedicated to Italian apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic narrative (2018) and he is currently working on a project in which the post-apocalyptic sub-genre is linked back all the way to Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron

Professor Iozzia’s research and teaching also include history of Italian cinema and history of Italian theater – with a focus on Sicilian vastasate and on contemporary Teatro di Narrazione

A film he co-wrote – Better Days – was awarded Best Comedy Film Award at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival in 2019.

Education & Training

  • PhD, Italian Studies with a Certificate in Film Studies, Rutgers University
  • MA, Literature and Performing Arts with a Focus on Film Studies, Università di Siena (Arezzo)
  • BA, Music and Performing Arts with a Focus on Film Studies, Università di Siena (Arezzo)

Representative Publications

Where the Locoweed Dies: A Foreword.” La Fusta 27 (2019), pp. 42-43. 

“Cataclisma: l’apocalisse dei sensi di Massimo Bontempelli” Italian Quarterly (2018). 

“Palermo’s Vastasate: Staging a Multilingual Reality. Class-Conflict and Linguistic Barriers in 18th-Century Sicilian Farces.” International Studies in Humour 5:1 (2016), pp. 50–63.

Research Interests

19th-21st Italian literature and film; second language pedagogy; Italian theater; contemporary Anglophone literature and film (particularly science fiction and apocalyptic narrative); postmodernism and culture.