Angelo Castagnino

Angelo Castagnino

Assistant Professor

What I do

Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Italian


Narratology, Crime, Fantastic

Professional Biography

I studied in Italy, at the University of Catania and the University of Turin. After I moved to the US, I received my Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Before I joined the University of Denver, I worked for Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) and Tufts University (Medford, MA).

PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2013)
MA University of Turin, Italy (2008)
BA University of Catania, Italy (2005)


  • Ph.D., Romance Languages and Literatures, University of North Carolina, 2013
  • MA, North-American Studies, Universita' degli Studi di Torino, 2008
  • BA, Modern Languages and Literatures, Universita' degli Studi di Catania, 2005

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Italian Studies
  • American Association of Teachers of Italian
  • Modern Language Association


My research has focused on the representation of violence, crime, justice and mystery in contemporary Italian novels. I am the author of three monographs dealing with the fictional portrayal of intellectuals as detectives, the historical novel set during Fascism, and the narrative output of Alessandro Perissinotto. More recently, I have started exploring the field of fantastic literature, particularly in regard to the legacy that the classic Gothic novel has left to today's Italian fiction. In addition, I have begun to research the field of environmental humanities, particularly the works of Simona Vinci.

Featured Publications

Castagnino, A. (2018). Book - Fatevi portatori di storie: Alessandro Perissinotto fra giallo e romanzo sociale. Ravenna, Italy: Pozzi .
Castagnino, A. (2017). Book - Investigating Fascism. Crime, Mystery and the Fascist Ventennio in the Historical Novel (p. 202). New York: Peter Lang.
Castagnino, A. (2014). Book -The Intellectual as a Detective: From Leonardo Sciascia to Roberto Saviano (p. 194). New York, USA: Peter Lang.
Castagnino, A. (2018). Il romanzo della positività. Critica letteraria, 180(3), 517-538.
Castagnino, A. (2016). Play, Ritual and Secrecy in the Novels of Marco Malvaldi. Modern Language Notes, 131(1), 251-269.


  • Fantasmi vivi: Eerie Presences in the Narratives of Simona Vinci
  • The Ghost of Conscience: An Ecogothic Approach to Nicola Lagioia's La ferocia
  • The Fantastic Element in Maurizio De Giovanni's Representation of Fascism
  • Carnival in Vigata. Laughter and Subversion in Camilleri's Il nipote del Negus
  • Sicilitude and the Giallo: The Case of Sciascia and Savatteri


  • FRF - Faculty Research Funds
  • Marsico Award, Marsico Visiting Scholars Committee
  • Pins Grant, Pins Committee
  • ULA Collection Develoment Program, DU Library