Sabrina Ferri

Sabrina Ferri
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Associate Professor
  • Residential Fellow (2012-2013)
  • “Temporal Ruinations: A History of Time in Italy, 1744-1836”

Sabrina Ferri is Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Notre Dame. She specializes in the Italian eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with an interdisciplinary focus on literature and its relationship to art, science, history, and philosophy. Her present research focuses on the significance of material and metaphorical ruination in the intellectual production of the late Enlightenment and early Romantic periods.

She has written on Vittorio Alfieri’s physiological sublime, on ruins and melancholy in pre-Romanticism, as well as on Giacomo Casanova and on Giambattista Vico. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled “Temporal Ruinations: A History of Time in Italy, 1744-1836.” The book uses the imagery of ruins and material decay in Italian literature, non-literary texts, and art to reconstruct the development of different conceptions of time in Italy at the dawn of modernity. Professor Ferri is the former recipient of a Geballe Dissertation Fellowship at the Stanford Humanities Center (2006), a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Introduction to the Humanities Program at Stanford University (2007-2009), and is currently a Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame.