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Susanna Ferlito, Faculty Fellow, Fall 2010

Susanna Ferlito (Department of French and Italian, CLA), Fall 2010

Project: “Patient‘s Voices: Notes Towards a History of Sensibilities in Medical Languages”

Ferlito completed an article, “Hysteria‘s Upheavals: Belgioioso‘s Gendered Politics,” which will be published in Modern Italy in 2012, and a conference paper. As a result of the semester‘s exchanges with her cohort of IAS fellows, she rethought her next book-length project to examine health narratives in the broader context of nineteenth-century women‘s patriotism as physical and emotional investment in the nation-building processes. She is creating a new course on interdisciplinary readings of hysteria which will be developed through conversation with faculty in different departments and programs across the university. Her work benefited from discussions with other IAS fellows and faculty from the larger community in a weekly reading group on Martha Nussbaum‘s philosophy of emotions. Ferlito noted, “I have never written as much and as well” as she did during this fellowship period.

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