Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

Faculty & Staff Directory

Dr. Wiley Feinstein

Title/s:  Professor Emeritus

Specialty Area: Italian Language & Literature

Phone: 773.508.2868

Email: wfeinst@luc.edu


  • B.A. in Italian, SUNY Stony Brook (1974)
  • M.A. in Italian, UC Berkeley (1977)
  • PhD. in Italian Literature, Berkeley (1982)

Research Interests

  • 20th -century Italian literature
  • Italian Jewish Studies 
  • Italian language pedagogy

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Book reviewer and editorial consultant :Romance Languages Annual, Italica, Italian culture
  • Faculty board of the Jewish Studies Division of the American Association of Italian Studies (AAIS)
  • Member, Chicago citywide faculty advisory committee on Israel and Israel studies, Jewish Federation of Chicago

Courses Taught

  • Italian Language courses 101-251
  • Italian Literature in Translation (LITR 262 Italian novel in translation, LITR 260 Italian Masterpieces)
  • Italian literature for majors: ITAL 312 (Dante), ITAL 319 (Italian novel), ITAL 390 (Italian culture and civilization) 

Selected Publications

Books & Edited Volumes

  • The Civilization of the Holocaust in Italy: Poets, Artists, Saints, Anti-Semites Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (Associated University Presses), Cranbury New Jersey, 2004. Interview at Fairleigh Dickinson University press site.
  • An African Harlequin in Milan: Marco Martinelli Performs Goldoni: Volume contains translation of plays by Martelli and Goldoni and essays. (Co-edited with Prof. Teresa Picarazzi, University of Arizona)  Bordighera Press, W. Lafayette, 1997.
  • Humility's Deceit: Calvino Reading Ariosto Reading Calvino. Bordighera Press, W. Lafayette, 1995.

Recent & Selected Articles


  • "Mosé e il nome di Dio: La scoperta del futuro  (Su Erri De Luca)”: Nuova Prosa: Quadrimestrale di narrativa.  Greco Editori,  2006.   pp 147-161.
  • “Reinventing Harlequin in end of the Millennium Ravenna”  Article in Book: 
    ItaliAfrica: Bridging Continents and Cultures  Forum Italicum Publishing, Stony Brook N Y, 2001.   Sante Matteo, editor  236-248.
  • "Understanding and Not Understanding Italo Calvino and Primo Levi" Voices in Italian Americana Vol 8. No. 1, 1997, 169-181.
  • Beatles in Italy on My Mind, Romance Languages Annual, 1991 (follow link)
  • "Ariosto's Parodic Rewriting of Virgil in the Story of Medoro and Cloridano". South Atlantic Review , Volume 55, No. 1, 1990: 17-34  (Link to pdf file “feinsteincloridanomedoro.pdf”)



  • Centro di Documentazione Ebraica  Milan-based leading institution for research on Italian Jewish communities and on the Shoah in Italy.   http://www.cdec.it/ 
  • I-Italy (New York) Information of Italian American Studies with frequent reports on cultural visits to New York of leading cultural figures from Italy.  http://www.i-italy.org/ 
  • Angolo testi.  Complete collection of lyrics to Italian popular songs.  A-Z listing of leading artists. http://www.angolotesti.it/