Viola Ardeni

Viola Ardeni holds a Ph.D. in Italian (UCLA, 2019) and is Lecturer in Italian and Italian Language Program Coordinator in the Department of French and Italian at the University of California, Davis. A dedicated scholar and educator, Viola has conducted research, presented, and published on a variety of topics, including twentieth-century experimental writing, environmental consciousness in children’s literature, community-building and collaborative practices in the Italian language classroom, and gender issues in fairy-tale narratives across media. Viola’s contribution to the study of girlhood in Italian culture mainly revolves around investigating the representations of girls in coming-of-age novels and questioning domestic violence and feminicide portrayals in picture books for children. In particular, Viola has written on the Italian-Swiss writer Alice Ceresa’s two experimental novels in the article “Scrivere dalla parte delle bambine: infanzia e adolescenza femminile nella narrativa di Alice Ceresa,” published in gender/sexuality/Italy in 2016, and has penned Ceresa’s entry in The Literary Encyclopedia ( More recently, Viola has spoken about Italian picturebooks that adapt and recast the canonical fairy tale Bluebeard at the Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference in 2019 with a presentation titled “Feeling Blue. Addressing Gender Violence in Italian Illustrated Fairy Tales.” An article inspired by the same issues is currently in the works.