Juliet Guzzetta


C644 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyEnglishRomance and Classical StudiesFilm Studies

Associate Professor
Literary Studies; Film and Media Studies; Creative Writing; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Juliet Guzzetta specializes in contemporary drama and performance studies, with a particular interest in Italian theater. Additional research areas include twentieth and twenty-first century literary cultures, performance studies and theory, feminist theory, and workerism. Her research has been supported by numerous grants including a year-long Fulbright grant to Italy and a fellowship at Harvard’s Mellon School for Theater and Performance Research. In 2013 she received her doctorate in Romance Languages and Literatures (Italian) from the University of Michigan where she was also a resident at the Center for World Performance Studies, and earned a graduate certificate in Screen Arts and Cultures.

Guzzetta’s current book project, provisionally titled The Theater of Narration: Italy, History, Performance, explores a form of contemporary solo theater in its historical, political, and performative dimensions. She has published on the Theater of Narration and modernism, subjectivity, and the public sphere in the peer-reviewed journals Spunti e ricerche and Spazio filosoficoAnnali d’Italianistica as well as authoring a chapter in the edited volume A Window on the Female Modernist Subjectivity: From Neera to Laura Curino. In addition to her scholarship, she is currently working on a translation that previewed at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York in September 2013 titled Olivetti in which actor-author Laura Curino explores the celebrated Olivetti family, famous for their typewriters and cultural entrepreneurship. Also under development is a non-fiction piece called Eternally Present about grief and mourning for which a chapter received a Hopwood award. Prior to her academic career, Guzzetta co-authored and acted in numerous plays throughout New York City and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, after studying at the Moscow Art Theater and at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford.

Degree: PhD, University of Michigan 

Research Interests: 20th and 21st century Italian culture; dramatic literature; performance studies; cinema studies; gender studies


ENG210: Foundations in Literary Study I: Foreignness and Belonging

ENG326: Readings in Drama: Modern Drama and the Performance of Everyday Life

ENG327: Playwriting

Film Studies 355: National and Transnational Cinemas: Italian and Italian-American Cinemas

Italian 201-202: Intermediate and advanced intermediate Italian

IAH240D: Italian Performance Traditions: From the Stage to the Screen and in Everyday Life

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