Dr. Salvatore Pappalardo

Associate Professor


Contact Information

LA 4350


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

Areas of Expertise

World Literature
19th and 20th Century Literature



B.A. from the Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators (SSLMIT) in Trieste, Italy, and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University. His research focuses on transnational modernism, translation theory, and the intersection of aesthetics and politics. He has published articles and presented conference papers on authors such as Ovid, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Italo Svevo, Leonardo Sciascia, Robert Musil, and Stefan Zweig. He teaches courses that range from the ancient Mediterranean to nineteenth and twentieth century literature, European modernism, Comparative and World literature. Dr. Pappalardo is currently working on a book project on the modernist fiction and the regional patriotism of multiethnic Habsburg Trieste.

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; Modernist Classicism; Italian, German, Austrian, Anglo-Irish literature; translation theory; aesthetics and politics; nationalism and regionalism 


“The Betrayal of the Urbs Fidelissima: Habsburg Trieste in Robert Musil’s Der Mann ohne EigenschaftenThe German Quarterly (forthcoming 2016)

“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 Contracts: 

Towson Academy of Scholars Fellowship, Academic Year 2015-2016

Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Academic Year 2010-2011

Transliteratures Fellowship, Academic Year 2009-2010

Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities, Research Grant, Summer 2009

Transliteratures Fellowship, Academic Year 2005-2006

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