B.A., University of East Anglia (England); M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University
T & F 10.00-12.00 (or by appointment)
Professor of Italian Studies
Italian antifascist culture; 21st century Italian mystery writers; contemporary Italian narrative; postmodern narrative; narrative theory
Professor of Italian in the Department of Italian Studies at Wellesley College, David Ward received his B.A. degree (with honors) in English and American Studies from University of East Anglia, Norwich, Great Britain. After a number of years teaching English and translating in Italy, including four years at the Università di Bologna, he came to the United States to pursue graduate studies. He received an M.A. in 1986 and a Ph.D. in 1988 from the Department of Romance Studies, Cornell University. After a year of teaching as a Lecturer in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he came to Wellesley College in 1989, was given tenure in 1995 and promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 2002.
David Ward is author of four books: three in English, A Poetics of Resistance: Narrative and the Writings of Pier Paolo Pasolini (Madison, NJ and London: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1995); Antifascisms: Cultural Politics in Italy, 1943-46 Benedetto Croce and the Liberals, Carlo Levi and the Actionists (Madison, NJ and London: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1996); and Piero Gobetti's New World: Antifascism, Liberalism, Writing (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010); and one in Italian, Carlo Levi: Gli italiani e la paura della libertà (Milan: Rizzoli/Nuova Italia, 2002). He has also published several articles and chapters that have appeared in reviews and collections, most notably "Intellectuals, Culture and Power in Modern Italy," in The Cambridge Companion to Modern Italian Culture , eds. Zygmunt Baranski and Rebecca West (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), 81-96; “Primo Levi’s Turin,” in The Cambridge Companion to Primo Levi , ed. Robert S. Gordon (Cambridge, GB: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 1-16, "L'otto settembre e dintorni ne I piccoli maestri" di Luigi Meneghello," in Nuova prosa 44 (2006): 111-126; "Mysteries about Mysteries," Journal of Modern Italian Studies 13:1 (Winter 2008): 93-102; and “Massimo D’Azeglio’s Ettore Fieramosca: The Necessity & Joy of Fiction,” in New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies. Volume 2: The Arts and History, ed., Graziella Parati (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Cranbury, N.J., 2012), pp. 3-16.
Professor Ward was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 1999. He has been Chair of the Department of Italian Studies on many occasions and served as Resident Director of the Eastern College Consortium Program (ECCO) for the 2006-07 academic year.
His scholarship is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on and approaching texts from a variety of sources: literature, history, film, and politics. He is currently working on a study of the writings of young--in their 30s and 40s--contemporary Italian mystery writers and their treatment of post World War II Italian history.
He teaches across the whole Italian Studies curriculum, from beginning and intermediate language, 200-level courses taught in Italian (The Construction of Italy; Italy in the 1960s; Twenty-First Century Italy) and 300-level courses also taught in Italian (Italian Narrative Tradition; Fascism and Resistance; Italian Mysteries).
He is a Co-Editor for Reviews at the Journal of Modern Italian Studies.