Dr. Salvatore Pappalardo, PhD

Associate Professor, Assistant Chair


Contact Info

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Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Rutgers University in 2011

Areas of Expertise

World Literature
19th and 20th Century Literature



Dr. Pappalardo holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University and a B.A. in Translation Studies from the Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators (SSLMIT) in Trieste, Italy. He is the author of the monograph Modernism in Trieste: The Habsburg Mediterranean and the Literary Invention of Europe, 1870–1945 (Bloomsbury Academic 2021). He teaches courses that range from the ancient Mediterranean to nineteenth and twentieth century literature, European modernism, Comparative and World literature. 

Scholarship: (selected presentations)

“Robert Musil and Bernard Bolzano: Writing the Non-National” Annual German Studies Association Conference. Washington, DC. 1-4 October 2015.

“A Spectral Script: Phoenicians in Greco-Roman Mythography” Lecture Series. Program of Ancient Mediterranean Studies. Towson University, 4 March 2015.

“Va là che sei proprio coccola:” Habsburg Trieste after the Great War in Fulvio Tomizza’s Franziska.The Myth of the Great War – World War I: Myth and Reality. University of Pennsylvania, 24-25 April 2014.

“Habsburg Hybrid: Italo-Slavic Myths of Origin in Joseph Roth’s Radetzkymarsch.”

Annual American Comparative Literature Association Meeting. New York University, 20-23 March 2014. 

“Faithful Forgeries: Translation and Enlightened Priesthood in Leonardo Sciascia's Il Consiglio d'Egitto.” The Monk, the Priest, the Nun. University of Pennsylvania, 22-23 March 2013.

“Nostalgic of the Future: Robert Musil and Landespatriotismus in The Man without Qualities.” Modern Language Association. Boston, 3-6 January 2013.

“The Multiplication of Languages and Farces: Samuel Beckett’s Endgames.” Modernist Studies Association. University at Buffalo, SUNY, 6-9 October 2011. 

Invited Speaker, “The Rape of Irish Europa: Guglielmo Ferrero and Finnegans Wake.” 15th Annual Trieste Joyce School. University of Trieste, Italy, 26 June-2 July 2011. 


European Modernism (Austrian, Italian, Anglo-Irish), Sicily and Mediterranean Studies, Comparative Literature, World Literature

Publications (selected)

Modernism in Trieste: The Habsburg Mediterranean and the Literary Invention of Europe, 1870–1945. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021.

“Sciascia scrittore arabo.” “Un arabo che ha letto Montesquieu:” Sciascia e il mediterraneo sud-orientale. Edited by Giovanni Capecchi. Firenze: Leo Olschki (forthcoming 2021).

“Va là che sei proprio coccola:” Habsburg Trieste after the Great War in Fulvio Tomizza’s Franziska.” Mito e realtà della Grande Guerra. Ed. Marina Della Putta Johnston. Venice: Marsilio Editore, 2020. 59–70. 

“Soldat und Redakteur: Robert Musil und der italienische Irredentismus in der Tiroler Soldaten-Zeitung.” Oberleutnant Robert Musil als Redakteur der Tiroler Soldatenzeitung. Eds. Mariaelisa Dimino, Elmar Locher and Massimo Salgaro. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2019. 209–226.

“From Ibn Ḥamdīs to Giufà: Leonardo Sciascia and the Writing of a Siculo-Arab Literary History.” Italian Culture 36.1 (2018): 32–47.

“Habsburg Loyalties as Intellectual Affinities: Non-National Allegiances in Robert Musil and Bernard Bolzano.” Robert Musil’s Intellectual Affinities. Musiliana, Band 17. Eds. Todd Cesaratto and Brett Martz. Bern, Oxford, New York: Peter Lang, 2017. 149–175.

“The Betrayal of the Urbs Fidelissima: Habsburg Trieste in Robert Musil’s Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften.” The German Quarterly 89.2 (Spring 2016): 169–185.

“Waking Europa: Joyce, Ferrero, and the Metamorphosis of Irish History.” Journal of Modern Literature 34.2 (Winter 2011): 154–177.

 “One Last Austrian Cigarette: Italo Svevo and Habsburg Trieste.” Prospero: Rivista di Letterature Straniere, Comparatistica e Studi Culturali 16 (2011): 67–88.

Grants and Awards (selected)
Honors College Professor of the Year, Towson University, 2019
American Council of Learned Societies, Project Development Grant, 2018–2019
Max Kade Prize for the Best Article of the Year in The German Quarterly for 2016 (awarded 2017)
Memberships and Affiliations:
Modern Language Association
Modernist Studies Association
German Studies Association
American Association for Italian Studies
Ancient Mediterranean Studies Committee
World War I Lecture Series Organizing Committee