Mary Ann McDonald Carolan is Associate Professor and Chair of Modern Languages & Literatures and Director of the Italian Studies program at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT (USA). A graduate of Dartmouth College, she received her Ph.D. in Italian Language & Literature from Yale University with a dissertation on Manzoni. Prof. Carolan has published on authors such as Dante, Manzoni, Morante, DeLedda, Serao and as well as on film directors Michelangelo Antonioni, Sergio Leone, Ettore Scola and Ferzan Ozpetek. She has also written on the role of women in Italian American comedies. She is currently at work on a manuscript that examines the intersections of national cinemas of the United States and Italy, tentatively entitled The Transatlantic Gaze: Visions of Italy in American Film.