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Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1978
Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century French Prose Fiction; Italian Literature/Literary Theory and Criticism

Carol Lazzaro-Weis joined the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures as Chair and Professor of French and Italian in January 2003. Her teaching and research interests include the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French novel, French women writers of the seventeenth and eighteenth century, Race and the Enlightenment, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italian literature, Francophone literature of North America contemporary Italian women writers, genre, and feminist literary theory. Her research has been supported by grants from the ACLS, NEH, the Fulbright Association and the Bogliasco Foundation and published in prestigious national and international journals. In addition to numerous articles on French and Italian writers, she has published the following books: Confused Epiphanies: L’abbé Prévost and the Romance Tradition (Lang, 1991); From Margins to Mainstream: Feminism and Fictional Modes in Italian Women’s Writings (1969-1992) (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993); La Signorina and Other Stories, a translation with Martha King and critical introduction to a collection of short stories by Italian women writer, Anna Banti and the Italian edition of the collection, both published by the MLA Texts and Translations series (2001). Her critical edition of  and introduction to Victor Tixier’s Voyages dans la Louisiane et le Missouri (1842) appeared in Fall 2012 in Editions Tintamarre, the only French press in The United States of America. She is currently preparing a book-length manuscript on women’s historical novels in Italy,  France, Francophone Canada and the Caribbean.

Professor Lazzaro-Weis is the President of the American Association of Italian Studies, the largest association of university professors of Italian in North America and serves on several editorial boards. She has been appointed to serve on the International Advisory Board for The Centre of Contemporary Women’s Writing, housed at the University of London, England.

Professor Lazzaro-Weis is also an affiliate of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, the Canadian Studies Program, and the Black Studies Program at the University of Missouri. In recognition of her many research and teaching accomplishments, she was awarded the Catherine Paine Middlebush Professorship of Romance Languages in 2011.

Carol Lazzaro-Weis

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Confused Epiphanies:
L’abbe Prevost and the Romance Tradition

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From Margins to Mainstream:
Feminism and Fictional Modes in Italian Women’s Writings

La Signorina e Altri Racconti - Anna Banti

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La Signorina and Other Stories by Anna Banti
(English translation)

Voyage aux prairies osages: Louisiane et Missouri, 1839-1840

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