Wesleyan portrait of Ellen  Nerenberg

Ellen Nerenberg

Hollis Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures

Professor of Italian

300 High Street, 306


AB Stanford University
PHD University of Chicago

Ellen Nerenberg

Prison Terms (U of Toronto P, 2001, winner of the Howard R. Marraro Prize from the Modern Language Association) concerned the spaces of confinement in Italian narrative between the years 1930 and 1960. Murder Made in Italy: Homicide, Media, and Contemporary Italian Culture (U of Indiana P, 2012) concerns the cultural significance of three post-1989 murder cases and the ways they were constructed in varied media. These cases include the serial murders attributed to the "Monster of Florence," the matricide and fratricide case for which Erika De Nardo and Omar Favaro were convicted, and the conviction of Annamaria Franzoni for the murder of her three-year old son Samuele. Body of State: The Moro Affair, A Nation Divided (Fairleigh-Dickinson U P, 2011), a collaboration with two other colleagues, offers a translation of Marco Baliani's acclaimed dramatic monologue about the kidnapping and assassination of former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro, setting it in the context of critical edition including an introduction, an interview with the artist, and an appendix of reviews of Baliani's 2009 North American tour. 

Current projects include: Winx Nation: Educare la futura consumista, a feminist media studies examination that centers on WinxClub, the animated TV series for girls and tweens, its formats, spin-offs, and titanic merchandising empire. 



Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

On sabbatical academic year 2019-20. 


Fall 2020
ITAL 111 - 02
Intermediate Italian I

ITAL 245 - 01
Not Just Neorealism (CLAC)

RL&L 245 - 01
Not Just Neorealism