Name: Dr. Lisa Downward
Title: Assistant Professor of Italian
Office Location: Fontaine 316
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 6118
Degrees Held:

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, The Graduate School and University Center, CUNY

M.A. Italian, Queens College, CUNY

B.A. Italian and Comparative Literature, Queens College, CUNY


New Perspectives on the European Bildungsroman. London: The Continuum International Publishing Group, 2010. Co-authored.

Research Interests:

Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture

Italian American Studies

The European Bildungsroman

Gender Studies

Hybrid Identities and Disciplines

The Immigrant Experience


Modern Language Association, Northeast Modern Language Association, American Association of Teachers of Italian, American Association of Italian Studies, Italian American Women's Center, NIDO (Noi Italiani di Oggi) of Poughkeepsie.



“Subversive Mother-Daughter Plots in the Italian American Memoir: Maria Laurino’s Old World Daughter, New World Mother and Domenica Ruta’s With or Without You.” 

Italian American Studies Association Annual Conference.

New Orleans, LA, October 5, 2013.  


“The Transgression of Gender Boundaries in George Eliot’s Middlemarch, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse.”

20th Annual Women and Society Conference.

Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, October 22, 2011.


“The Ambiguity of Neera’s Feminism.”

61st Annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference.

Auburn University, Auburn, AL, September 30, 2011.


“The Dissolution of Gendered Plots in Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship and its Impact on Contemporary Criticism of the Bildungsroman.”

Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention.

Buffalo, NY, April 12, 2008.


“The Bildungsroman as Spectrum in the Works of 19th and 20th Century Italian Women Authors.”

Southeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Convention.

Auburn University, Auburn, AL, February 14, 2008.


“Reflections on Mirrored Constructions of the Self in the Works of Neera.”

Modern Language Association Annual Convention.

Philadelphia, PA, December 29, 2006.


“Keeping Language Alive Through Pictures.”

Workshop on “The Methodology of Teaching Foreign Languages.”

The CUNY Graduate School, CUNY, April 20, 2001.


“The Critique of Silence: Women Philosophers and the Limits of Language.”

Presented at “Of Women Said,” a symposium.

Queens College, CUNY, April 24, 1998.