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Joseph Tumolo

Ph.D. Student

E-mail: jtumolo@ucla.edu Fields of interest: Modern Italian Literature; The Baroque; Italian Diaspora Studies

Joseph Tumolo, a Ph.D. candidate in Italian, is interested in modern Italian literature, the Baroque, and Italian diaspora studies. Before beginning his Ph.D. at UCLA, Joseph earned an M.A. in Italian Literary & Cultural Studies from the University of Connecticut,  and a B.A. with a concentration in Italian Language & Literature from Fordham University. His publications include an essay on John Fante’s Ask the Dust, and an article, co-authored with Lucia Re, on the neo-avant-garde writer Carla Vasio. His dissertation, entitled The Fold & the Limit: A New Baroque in Modern Italian Literature investigates how and why three major Italian writers—Carlo Emilio Gadda, Giuseppe Ungaretti, and Anna Maria Ortese—reimagined the baroque aesthetic. Joseph argues that their respective reinventions of the Baroque serve as a resistance to lacerating and compartmentalizing ideologies of subjectivity, class, gender, and imperialism. 


  • M.A. (Italian Literary & Cultural Studies) University of Connecticut
  • B.A. (Italian Literature) Fordham University