College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Nicola Di Nino

Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian
Ph.D. in Italian Studies, Columbia University
Dottorato in Italian Literature, Linguistics and Philology, University “Ca’ Foscari” of Venice
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2043
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045

Nicola Di Nino is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian. His research focuses on Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature. His studies are interdisciplinary and include cultural studies and the visual arts (cinema, theater and opera). He has published several books on Giuseppe Gioachino Belli’s poetry (G.G. Belli poeta-linguista and Glossario dei Sonetti di G. G. Belli, 2008); an edition of an 18th century poem (L’incendio di Tordinona, 2005); and two volumes on the Bible and Italian Literature (La Bibbia nella letteratura italiana. Dall’Illuminismo al Decadentismo and La Bibbia nella letteratura italiana. L’età contemporanea, 2009). He has also published numerous articles from Dante to contemporary literature. Di Nino is in the advisory board of Letteratura e dialetti and Italian Poetry Review. He was the recipient of fellowships ranging from the Italian Ministry of University and the National Research Council. He is currently working on the National Edition of Gabriele D’Annunzio’s Le vergini delle rocce, on a movie project of Federico Fellini and Carlo della Corte, and he is writing a book on the representations of the sacred in some contemporary Italian film directors.

Di Nino also has expertise in Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition and experience in teaching and coordinating language programs in Italy and United States.


Research Interest

Italian Literature, 18th Century to the Present, Italian Cinema, Anthropology and Folklore, Women’s and Gender Studies, Comparative Literature

Selected Publications


Gibellini, Pietro, and Nicola Di Nino, eds. La Bibbia nella letteratura italiana. Dall’Illuminismo al Decadentismo. Brescia: Morcelliana, 2009.

Gibellini, Pietro, and Nicola Di Nino, eds. La Bibbia nella letteratura italiana. L’età contemporanea. Brescia: Morcelliana, 2009.


Articles and Book Chapters

“De Sica e la polemica sociale: la scena della trattoria in Ladri di biciclette”. Humanitas 3 (2015): 221-27.

“La religione di Antonio Barolini”, in Antonio Barolini. Cronistoria di un’anima. Ed. Teodolinda Barolini, Firenze: SEF, 2015. 225-242.

“«Ma Cristo nun ce vede?». Sul sacro nella Trilogia della guerra di Rossellini e in Ladri di biciclette di De Sica”, in Studi Medievali e Moderni, 1-2 (2014): 127-142.

 “Le Beatitudini nel Purgatorio dantesco”. La Bibbia nella letteratura italiana. Il Medioevo. Ed. Grazia Melli, Brescia: Morcelliana, 2013. 259-270.


1st annual Graduation Ceremony


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