Ms Annamaria Cavallaro

Lecturer - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Annamaria Cavallaro

Phone: +61 2 6773 2245



Born in Italy, Zafferana Etnea (Catania), she graduated in 1984 at La Trobe University with a thesis on the verse of Michelangelo Buonarroti. She has been teaching Italian and Italian culture at University level since 1986 at La Trobe University, Melbourne University, Auckland University and Monash University. In 1993 she completed her MA with a thesis on Francesco Colonna's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and the dream sequence in Renaissance literature.


BA (Hons) (La Trobe), MA (Auckland)

Research Interests

Ms Cavallaro has specialised in Renaissance Literature but her literary interests have always been eclectic. Her current interests are Italian Women writers since the Renaissance especially the works of courtesan-poets Veronica Franco, Tullia d'Aragona and the poet/musician Gaspara Stampa. She is also interested in 20th Century Italian novel with particular emphasis on contemporary Sicilian writers and on the giallisti -"writers" of thrillers who follow the model of Leonardo Sciascia.