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Dr. Lidia  Radi
Dr. Lidia Radi
Associate Professor of French and Italian Studies
Courses Taught French and Italian language, culture, literature, cinema and art Ethics through Literature
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Dr. Lidia Radi has a dual research specialty in Early Modern French Studies and, more recently, in Italian Transnational Literature with a focus on the representation of women in the literature of the Albanian Diaspora. She earned her Laurea from the Università degli Studi di Verona (Italy), and her Maîtrise en Lettres Modernes from the Université Stendhal-Grenoble III (France) in 2000. She was a pensionnaire étrangère at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon in 2003-2004. She received her dual doctorate from Rutgers University and the Université Stendhal-Grenoble III in French Renaissance Studies with a second specialty in Italian Studies in 2006.  

Dr. Radi has published extensively in the field of French Early Modern Studies, where she has examined the relationship between politics and religion, virtue and education, and the ethics of literature.  She is the author of the critical edition of Le Penser de Royal Mémoire by Guillaume Michel, dit de Tours (Classiques Garnier, 2012). She has co-edited two volumes, the first entitled Valeur des lettres à la Renaissance. Débats et réflexions autour de la vertu de la littérature (Classiques Garnier, 2016)  and the second Representing Heresy in Early Modern France (Center for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2017.) 

In the field of Italian Studies, Dr. Radi’s scholarship explores representations of women in the Italian works of female writers of the Albanian diaspora. Her current book project, tentatively titled, Vivere tra due mondi. La narrazione (al) femminile della diaspora albanese in italiano: Dones, Ibrahimi e Vorpsi. (Living-in-between. Female representation in the Italian works of the Albanian Diaspora writers: Dones, Ibrahimi and Vorpsi) examines Albanian culture and history in relation to the more recent mass-migration movement to Italy, as portrayed by Albanian-born women writers who write in Italian. 

Dr. Radi’s article “Scrittori senza frontiere: il caso di Elvira Dones,” appeared in the 2018 special issue of The Journal of Critical Multilingualism Studies. Her most recent essay, entitled “Albania Mon Amour: Tales of Female Love and Duty in the Italian Writings of Dones, Ibrahimi and Vorpsi,” is forthcoming in a volume entitled Fictional and Critical Stories in Transmigrations Through Italy, edited by Graziella Parati and Marie Orton with Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. She has also contributed to the The Literary Encyclopedia with two entries on the literary works of Elvira Dones and Anilda Ibrahimi.  Dr. Radi’s work is at the intersection of Women’s Studies, Philosophy, Literary Theory, and Transnational and Intercultural Studies.

As a former political refugee from Albania, Dr. Radi’s scholarship in Italian Studies reflects her strong personal commitment to challenging inaccurate and harmful views about the “Other”, and to fostering an open and truthful dialogue between people of different backgrounds that allows for a more nuanced view of the world we inhabit.

Professional Experience
Teaching French

(Fr 305) Advanced grammar and Composition
(new Fr 305) Writing in French through Literature and Culture
(Fr 320) Introduction to French Literature
(Fr 321) Introduction to French poetry
(Fr 323) Introduction to French prose
(Fr 325) Medieval and Early Modern Literature
(new Fr 325) The Origins of France
(Fr 421) Education in the French Renaissance
(Fr 421) The Concept of Virtue in Renaissance France
(Fr. 497) Friendship, Love and Desire in Renaissance France
(Fr. 497) What are the Liberal Arts for?

Teaching Italian

(It 101-102) Beginning Italian classes
(It 121) Beginning Intensive Italian course
(It 301) Italian Conversation thru the Cinema
(It 305) Advanced grammar and composition
(It 305-new) Writing in Italian through Literature and Culture
(It 311) Italian Culture and Society
(It 321) Italian Literature in Context: Letteratura dell’Unità d’Italia
(It 323) The literature of Exile
(It 397) Italian Culture and Society
(It 453) Readings in 19th and 20th Italian Literature
(It 480) French and Italian food rituals
(It 497) Love and Family, Italian Style

Teaching in English

(MLC 357) The idea of the Renaissance: Self, History, Knowledge
(MLC/LLC 210) Women, Virtue and Temptation across World Literatures
(LLC 397) Travel for Discovery (SSIR course)
(FYS) Friendship, Love and Desire
(FYS) The Italian-American experience: from Ellis Island to the Sopranos

Publications
Books

Radi Lidia, Vivere tra due mondi. La narrazione (al) femminile della diaspora albanese in italiano: Dones, Ibrahimi e Vorpsi. Living-in-between. Female representation in the Italian works of the Albanian Diaspora writers: Dones, Ibrahimi and Vorpsi (monograph in progress)  

Scarlatta Gabriella, Radi Lidia (eds), Representing Heresy in Early Modern France. Toronto: Center for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2017.  

Chiron Pascale, Radi Lidia (eds.). La Valeur des Lettres à la Renaissance. Débats et Réflexions autour de la Vertu de la littérature. Paris : Les Classiques Garnier, série Perspectives Humanistes, dirigée par Mireille Huchon, 2016.   

Radi Lidia (ed.). Guillaume Michel, dit de Tours, Le Penser de Royal Memoire. Paris: Les Classiques Garnier, 2012. (annotated edition with an introduction of 160 pp.) 

Articles

Radi Lidia, “Albania mon amour: Tales of Female Love and Duty in the Italian Writings of Dones, Ibrahimi and Vorpsi”, in Fiction and Critical Stories of Transmigration Through Italy. Graziella Parati, Marie Orton, Ron Kubati (eds). Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2021 (forthcoming, peer-reviewed)  

Radi, Lidia. "Anilda Ibrahimi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 April 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14624] 

Radi, Lidia. "Elvira Dones". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 December 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14623  

Radi Lidia, “Scrittori senza frontiere: il caso di Elvira Dones”, in Critical Multilingualism Studies 6:1 (2018): Languaging as Refuge: Practice meets Theory, 74-94. ISSN 2325-2871  

Radi Lidia, Heresy, Fraud and Faith in Michel’s “Le Penser de royal memoire” in Representing Heresy in Early Modern France. Scarlatta Gabriella and Radi Lidia (eds). (Toronto: Center for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2017).  

Radi Lidia, “Claude de France, mère/mer de vertueuse mémoire.” In Cherchez la femme : women and values in the Francophone World, edited by Erika Fulop and Adrienne Angelo (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, June 2011).   

Radi Lidia, “La Rhétorique de la Persuasion dans Le Penser de Royal Memoire de Guillaume Michel, dit de Tours.” Réforme, Humanisme et Renaissance, vol. 70 (June 2010): 7-26.   

Radi Lidia, “Joan of Arc and the Crusade: Memorising Medieval Examples to Improve a Renaissance King.” In Renaissance Medievalisms, edited by Konrad Eisenbichler (Toronto, Canada: Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, Essays and Studies series, 2009), 145-168.  

Radi Lidia, “Les Fourberies de Scapin e Il Servitore di Due Padroni: Scaltrezza Linguistica o Prontezza di Spirito.” Romance Review Vol. XIII, p. 102-112, 2003. 

Education
Ph.D., Rutgers University and the Université Grenoble III-Stendhal, France
Contact Information
219 Carole Weinstein International Center
(804) 289-8110
(804) 287-6446 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Early Modern Studies (French)
Transnational Literature (Italian Studies)
Albanian Diaspora