Elizabeth Tavella is a Humanities Teaching Fellow in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the College at the University of Chicago where she defended her dissertation “Seeking Interspecies Justice: Spaces of Animal Confinement in Italian Literature.” An essay that draws upon this work is forthcoming in an edited collection addressing the intersection between nonhuman animals and race (Michigan State University Press). Recently, she has begun working on a new project on reproductive justice and bodily autonomy across species in a variety of scattered texts ranging from medical treatises and legislation to literary texts such as Luigi Pirandello's The Wet Nurse, Jorge Icaza's novel Huasipungo, and Shoba Narayan's The Milk Lady of Bangalore. She currently serves on the editorial board of Sloth—A Journal of Emerging Voices in Human-Animal Studies and the Journal for Critical Animal Studies. Her main research and teaching interests span from critical animal studies and literary studies to critical theory and the environmental humanities. In addition to these fields of study, she also incorporates her academic background in philology and manuscript studies into her teaching practice.
Recent courses in RLL
- ITAL 10100 Beginning Elementary Italian I (Autumn 2016)
- ITAL 10200 Beginning Elementary Italian II (Winter 2017)
- ITAL 25218 Reading Nonhuman Animals: A Challenge to Anthropocentrism (Winter 2019)