Giacomo Traina is a PhD student in American Literature at La Sapienza University of Rome. His doctoral project focuses on the memory of the South Vietnamese experience through the works of contemporary Vietnamese-American authors.
2019-Present: La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy — PhD in American Literature
2014-2018: La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy — M.A. Modern Philology (110/110 with honors)
M.A. Thesis: ""Fragmentary Greatness": l'Incompletezza in Moby-Dick e nella narrativa melvilliana"
2007-2014: La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy — B.A. Comparative Literature (110/110 with honors)
B.A. Thesis: "L’ultima prova. La scelta di Ahab nel 132esimo capitolo di Moby-Dick e i suoi precedenti nella storia della letteratura occidentale"
•'Walls, Voids and Masks in the 'Cetological Center' of Moby-Dick', 25th Biennial AISNA (Italian Association of North American Studies) Conference, Gate(d) Ways. Enclosures, Breaches and Mobilities Across U.S. Boundaries and Beyond, Ragusa, September 26-29, 2019.
•‘The Burning City: the Memory of the Fall of Saigon in the Works of Diasporic Vietnamese Authors’, Precarious Lives, Uncertain Futures International Conference at University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, January 29-31, 2020.
Awards and Grants:
• Awarded with the 2019 Agostino Lombardo Prize - AISNA (Italian Association of North American Studies) for best 2018 M.A. dissertation in American Literature and Culture