Luisa Del Giudice, President & Executive Director

Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Luisa Del Giudice is an Independent Scholar. She was Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian Folklore, UCLA (1995-2001); has published and lectured widely on Italian and Italian American folklife, from foodways and oral expression to material culture, children's literature, and belief; and has produced many public events on Italian and Mediterranean regional and folk culture in Los Angeles, California.

Among her monographs and recordings are: Cecilia: Testi e contesti di un canto narrativo tradizionale, Brescia: Grafo, 1995; Studies in Italian American Folklore (ed.), Logan: Utah State UP, 1993; Italian Traditional Song (recordings and book), Italian Heritage Culture Foundation and the Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles, 1989 (2nd rev. ed., 1995); Il canto narrativo al Brallo, Varzi: Guardamagna, 1989; Canto narrativo al Brallo (recording), Milan: Albatros, 1990; “Paesi di Cuccagna and other Gastronomic Utopias,” in Imagined States: Nationalism, Utopia, and Longing in Oral Cultures (ed. by LDG and Gerald Porter), Logan: Utah State UP, 2002. Forthcoming: "Neo-Tarantismo and Folk Revival in the Salento," Performing Ecstasies: Music, Dance, and Ritual in the Mediterranean (ed. L. Del Giudice and Nancy Van Deusen). She is currently President of the Kommission für Volksdichtung (Commission pour l’étude de la chanson populaire), Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore (2000 - 2005) and a member of the SIEF Executive Board. She is committed to community education and to creating innovative public programs on the folk and regional cultures of Italians and Italian Americans.

  PUBLICATIONS

Publications in Folklore

Imagined States: National Identity, Utopia, and Longing in Oral Cultures, ed. by Luisa Del Giudice and Gerald Porter, Logan: Utah State University Press, 2001.

“Paesi di Cuccagna and other Gastronomic Utopias,” in Imagined States: National Identity, Utopia, and Longing in Oral Cultures, ed. by Luisa Del Giudice and Gerald Porter, Logan: Utah State University Press, 2001: 11-63.

“Healing the Spider's Bite: `Ballad Therapy’ and Tarantismo,” in Thomas A. McKean Ed., The Flowering Thorn (International Ballad Studies, A Project of the Kommission für Volksdichtung and the Elphinstone Institute), Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2003: 23-33.

Introduction to: Italian Treasury: Puglia, Rounder Records (Alan Lomax Collection), 2003.

“Pasta” (46-52) and “Slow Food”(288-89), in Encyclopedia of Food, Vol. 3, ed. by Solomon H. Katz, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, Thomson Gale, 2003.

"Cursed Flesh: Faith Healers, Black Magic, and Death in a Central Italian Town," in Italian American Review, John Calandra Institute, SUNY, New York, Vol. 8, number 2, 2001: 45-56.

“`Wine Makes Good Blood’: Wine Culture Among Toronto Italians,” in Ethnologies, 2001, Vol. 23, number 1, 1-27.

Introduction (and translation into English): Canto d'amore: canti, suoni, voci nella Grecia salentina (`Love Song: Songs, Sounds, and Voices from the Griko-speaking Area of the Salento’), Lecce: Edizioni Aramirè and UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology, 2000.

“Italian American Folklore, Folklife” (237-245) and “Italian American Food and Foodways” (245-248), in S. LaGumina, F. Cavaioli, S. Primeggia, J. Varacalli, eds., The Italian American Experience: An Encyclopedia, New York: Garland, 2000.

Preface (and translation into English): Bonasera a quista casa: Antonio Aloisi, Antonio Bandello “Gli Ucci” Pizziche, stornelli, canti salentini, Lecce: Edizioni Aramirè, 1999.

“Costantino Nigra: Le chant populaire, la politique régionaliste et nationale” in Fanch Postic, ed., La Bretagne et la découverte de la littérature orale en Europe, Brest, 1999.

"Giulio Cesare Croce," "Paese di Cuccagna," in Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature, Mary Ellen Brown, Bruce Rosenberg, eds., Santa Barbara: ABC Clio, 1998: 148-50; 487-89.

Introduction (and translation into English): Bonasera a quista casa: Antonio Aloisi, Antonio Bandello ("Gli Ucci"): Pizziche, stornelli, canti salentini, Lecce: Edizioni Aramirè, 1999.

"The International Ballad Comission (SIEF): 1985 - 1997," in ed. Marjetka Golez, Ljudske balade med izrocilom in sodobnostjo/Ballads Between Tradition and Modern Times, Proceedings of the 27th International Ballad Conference, IBC (International Ballad Commission, SIEF), Gozd Martuljek, Slovenia (July 13-19, 1997), Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1998:37-44.

"Tomie de Paola and the Writing/Illustrating of Italian Folk Culture," in Italian Americana, winter 1997: 22-30.

Cecilia: Testi e contesti di un canto narrativo tradizionale, Brescia: Grafo, 1995. (revised and translated Ph.D. dissertation (UCLA, 1987): "Cecilia (Nigra 3): A Traditional Narrative Ballad in Socio-Literary context").

"Mythic Space," Italian Journeys Humanities Guide, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1995.

"Oral Theory and the Northern Italian Ballad Tradition: An Ethnographic Approach to the Ballad Formula," in Mary Ellen Brown, ed, Journal of Folklore Research (special ballad issue), 31 (1994) 97-126.

"Italian Traditional Song in Toronto: From Autobiography to Advocacy," in Journal of Canadian Studies, ed. Pauline Greenhill, Gary Butler (special issue on folklore), 29 (Spring 1994) 74-89.

"The `Archvilla': An Italian Canadian Architectural Archetype," in Luisa Del Giudice, ed., Studies in Italian American Folklore, Logan: Utah University Press, 1993:53-105. Chosen official publication of the American Folklore Society.

"Bibliography of Italian American and Canadian Folklore," in L. Del Giudice, ed., Studies in Italian American Folklore (245-69).

"Il canto popolare italiano," in Alessandro Falassi, ed., Tradizioni Italiane: Codici, Percorsi e Linguaggi, Siena: Università per Stranieri, 1992:238-51.

"Ubi saltatio ibi diabolus: Eros and Dance in the Italian Ballad and Dance Song," in Leander Petzoldt, Stefaan Top, edd., Dona Folcloristica: Festschrift für Lutz Röhrich), Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1990:57-67.

"The Sicilian Oral and Literary Traditions," preface to Vincenzo Ancona, Malidittu la lingua/Damned Language, New York: Legas, l990:16-23.

Italian Traditional Song (2 audio cassettes + 135 pp. booklet), for the Italian Heritage Culture Foundation and the Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles, 1989, 2nd revised edition, 1995.

Preliminary Survey of Italian Folklife in Los Angeles, for the Folk and Traditional Arts Program, Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, 1990 (70 pp.).

"Il canto narrativo al Brallo," in Pavia e il suo territorio, (musical transcriptions by Linda Levin) publications of the Folklife Office of the Regione Lombardia, Vol. 14, Milano: Silvana, l990, pp. 165-214; prepublished as monograph, Il canto narrativo al Brallo (Amministrazione Provinciale di Pavia), Varzi: Guardamagna, 1989.

Canto narrativo al Brallo (lp), Ricerche etnomusicologiche, Archivio Sonoro 7, Milan: Albatros, 1990.

"Ninna-nanna-nonsense? Fears, dreams, and falling in the Italian lullaby," Oral Tradition, 1988 (3): 270-86; also in La ricerca folclorica (in Italian), Brescia: Grafo, Vol. 22 (Europa zingara, ed. by Leonardo Piasere), 1991:105-14.

"Erotic Metaphor in the Nigra Ballads" in ARV: Scandinavian Yearbook of Folklore 1989, Stockholm, Almquist & Wiksell, 1989:17-41.

"Computer applications to the analysis of ballad variants," in Conrad Laforte (ed.), Ballades et chansons folkloriques, Actes de la l8e session de la Commission pour l'étude de la poesie de tradition orale (Kommission für Volksdichtung) de la S.I.E.F. (Société internationale d'ethnologie et de folklore), Québec: CELAT, 1989:173-87.

"Ballad Theater: Carnival dramatization of narrative ballads in Brallo (Pavia): Cecilia, Ratto al ballo, Isabella, Fernanda e Bortolino," in Walter Puchner, ed., Tod und Jenseits im Europäischen Volkslied, Ioannina, 1986:337-60.

Reviews in: Western Folklore, Dance Research Journal, Italian Americana, Journal of American Folklore, Merveilles et contes/Marvels and Tales


Forthcoming Publications in Folklore:

"Interpreting Treasure: Oral Tradition, Archaeology and Horace’s Villa," in Bernard Frischer, Monica De Simone, Jane Crawford (editors), New Studies of Horace’s Villa (Licenza, Italy), 1997-2001, Monumenta Series, UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, forthcoming 2005

Performing Ecstasies: Music, Dance, and Ritual in the Mediterranean, edited by Luisa Del Giudice and Nancy Van Deusen, Claremont Cultural Studies, Nancy Van Deusen, General Editor, Ottawa: Institute for Medieval Music, 2004.

Feeding The Poor: St. Joseph's Tables in Los Angeles.

[B] Publications in Italian Literature

Vittorio Bodini: Meridian's Surrealist, Selected Poems, (`Vittorio Bodini: surealista meridiano'), translation into English for Multimedia performance (Beyond Barocco festival), Istituto Italiano di Cultura, March 25, 2000.

Western Gerusalem: University of California Studies on Tasso, (ed.) New York: Out of London Press, 1984.

"Armida: virgo fingens (The Broken Mirror)," in Western Gerusalem, ibid.:29-53.

"Il processo narrativo nei componimenti LXI-CV del Canzoniere di F. Petrarca," in Canadian Journal of Italian Studies, 31 (1985) 145-59.

"Boccaccio's Commedia delle ninfe fiorentine and literary dissociation: to allegorize or not to allegorize?" in Carte Italiane, 3 (1982) 15-27.

"Antonio Porta est consequentia rei" (interview with Antonio Porta), Testuale, 7 (1987) 117-126.

"Intervista con Giulia Niccolai: I think I'm becoming Japanese," (with P. Verdicchio, P. Vangelisti), in Carte Italiane, 6 (1985) 1-18.

[C] Folklore Courses (developed and taught)
  • Popular Italian Literature: from Boccaccio to Pasolini (UC San Diego)
  • La Canzone Tradizionale Italiana (UC San Diego)
  • Folk Traditions in Italian Literature (UCLA)
  • A Singable Feast: Food and Song in Traditional Italian Culture (UCLA)
  • The Other Italy: Italian Folk Culture (UCLA)
  • Introduction to American Folklore (UCLA)
  • Other Italies: Italian Regional and Folk Cultures (UCLA)
  • Feast and Fast: Food in Italian Folk Rituals (American Inst. of Wine and Food)
  • Italian Culture in Los Angeles: Collecting and Connecting (Historic Italian Hall Foundation/El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument)

    APPOINTMENTS

  • Editorial board, Slovene Studies (Journal of the Society for Slovene Studies), 2004-
  • The Canterbury Westwood Foundation (The Episcopal/Anglican Chaplaincy serving UCLA): elected to board 2003-2006.
  • Editorial board, Western Folklore, 2003-
  • Editorial board (comité scientifique), Rabaska: revue d’ethnologie de l’Amérique française (Société québecoise d’ethnologie), 2003-
  • Vestry, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church (elected for 3-year term: 2001-04); Programs Committee Chair (2002-4)
  • Advisory Board for Encyclopedia: Folk Heroes, ed. Graham Seal, 2001.
  • Associate of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (2001-)
  • Elected to the Executive of the Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et Folklore (SIEF); term 2001-2005.
  • Founder of the IOHI (2000); (formerly Italian Oral History Project, 1994-2000)
  • First Vice-President, Komission für Volksdichtung (1995-2000); President (2000-2005)
  • Convenor, Italian Section, American Folklore Society (1988-1995)
  • Italian Hall Museum Advisory Board (El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument) 1994-1998
  • National Advisory Board, Center for the Study of Art and Culture, (Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles)
  • Editorial Board, Carte Italiane l98l-86 (Editor in chief l985-86)
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Italian Americana (journal of the Italian American Historical Association) (l990-)
  • Editor of Newsletter, Italian Section, American Folklore Society (1988-1992)


  Born July 30, 1956 in Terracina (Latina), Italy

  EDUCATION:

  • 1987 - Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA
  • 1979-81 - University of Florence, Italy
  • 1978-79 - M.A., University of Toronto
  • 1-5, 1978- independent study in Florence, Italy
  • 1975 - summer session, University of Siena
  • 1974-78 - B.A., University of Toronto

  PROFESSIONAL

  • Director, Italian Oral History Institute (1994-present)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Italian/Folklore & Mythology Program, UCLA (1995-present)
  • Consultant, Getty Center for the Study of Art and the Humanities (Provenance Index, Dec. 1993 - March 1994)
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of California, San Diego (Winter l985, 86)
  • Research Assistant, UCLA, Medieval & Renaissance Center (1983-84)
  • Teaching Assistant, UCLA, Department of Italian (1981-85)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto, Dept. of Italian (1978-79)

 

   GRANTS AND CONTRACTS

  • Fulbright Research Grant for 1992 at University of Pavia (March - August)
  • Research on "Oral Formulaic Theory and the Northern Italian Ballad Tradition" for Regional Government of Lombardy's Folklife Office (1991-92)
  • Folksong Field Collecting, in Pavia mountain region on behalf of Regional Government of Lombardy's Folklife Office, Italy (Fall, Summer 1985, Fall l987 under Italian Ministery of Foreign Affairs Grant)
  • Folksong Field Collecting, Toronto, under Multiculturalism, Canadian Secretary of State, Grant (l986)
  • Italian Study Program, Florence, Italy (accompanying tutor) summer 1982

  SCHOLARLY PAPERS

  • Kommission für Volksdichtung (Société Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore) meetings in Dublin (1984), Crete (1986), Freiburg (1989), Québec (1989), Bergen (1990); Los Angeles (1993), Faroe Islands (1994), Brittany (1995), Wales (1996), Slovenia (1997), Aberdeen (1999), Romania (2000)
  • American Folklore Society (Boston l988, Philadelphia l989, Jacksonville, 1992, Eugene, 1993, Milwaukee, 1994, Lafayette 1995, Pittsburgh 1996, Austin, 1997)
  • "Immigrant Cultures and the Performing Arts" (University of Minnesota 1996)
  • Italian Folk Art Federation of America (Pittsburgh 1995)
  • "Italian Journeys," University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1995
  • Folklore Studies Association of Canada (Québec l989)
  • American Italian Historical Association (San Francisco l989)

  LECTURES:

"Healing the Spider's `Bite': Tarantismo and Neo-Tarantismo in the Salento (Apulia)," American Museum of Natural History, New York, December 5, 6, 1998.

"Tarantismo, Neo-Tarantismo and Folk Revival in the Salento," in Essential Salento: Festival of Salentine Culture, Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles, October 18-23, 1998.

"Joseph Among the Angeles: St. Joseph's Day Tables and Feeding the Poor in Los Angeles," UCLA/Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, March, 1997.

"Il carnevale di Ivrea," seminar in Bologna, Italy, December 1988 for Alessandro Falassi's ExpertItalia series on Festivals in Italy.

"Italian Traditional Song," Patrons of Italian Culture, Beverly Hills, March 12, 1989 and at Casa Italiana, UCLA.

"Toronto's Archvillas: Dreamscapes and Archetypes," May 12, 1993, Folklore and Mythology Program, UCLA.

"Paesi di Cuccagna: Inhabiting the Italian Landscape in America," Museo ItaloAmericano, San Francisco, September 21, 1994.

"Mapping Italians in Los Angeles," Lingua e Cultura Regionale nell'Insegnamento dell'Italiano all'Estero (International symposium), Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angles, November 15, 1995.

"Toronto's Archvillas: Dreamscapes and Archetypes," Lingua e Cultura Regionale nell'Insegnamento dell'Italiano all'Estero (International symposium), Italian Cultural Institute, Toronto, November 18, 1995.

"Italian Musical Roots and Folksong Revival," Immigrant Cultures and the Performing Arts, University of Minnesota, March 28-30, 1996.

"Italian Folklife in California: Continuity of Tradition," Italian Migration in the United States, Los Angeles, Ist. It. di Cultura, February 7, 1998.


  PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Société Internationale d'Ethnologie et Folklore, SIEF, Kommission für Volksdichtung KfV/International Ballad Commission/Commission internationale pour l’etude de la chanson populaire (SIEF) cf. Appointments;
  • Food Ethnology Commission (SIEF)
  • American Folklore Society
  • Folklore Studies Association of Canada
  • Slow Food – Los Angeles Convivium (founding member)
  • International Oral History Association

 

  CONFERENCE and FESTIVAL ORGANIZATION

Speaking Memory: Oral History, Oral Culture and Italians in America: (AIHA in LA – 2005), 38th annual conference of the American Italian Historical Association, Los Angeles, November 3-6, 2005.

Italian Los Angeles: Celebrating Italian Life, Local History, and the Arts in Southern California, Los Angeles, multi-media festival, October 1-30, 2005.

In Vino Sanitas: Health, Certification and Marketing of Organic Wines (International Symposium), Park Hyatt Hotel, Los Angeles, November 15-16, 2001.

Italian Jews: Memory, Music and Celebration, Los Angeles (UCLA, Skirball Center, Ist. It. di Cultura), October 24-November 5, 2001.

Performing Ecstasies: Dance, Music, and Ritual in the Mediterranean (International Symposium), UCLA, 2000.

Ballads and Boundaries: Narrative Singing in an Intercultural Context, 23rd international conference of the Kommission für Volksdichtung (Société Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore S.I.E.F.), UCLA, June 21-24, l993.

Italian panels for the Centenary of the American Folklore Society meeting, Philadelphia, and special Italian American symposium at the Fleisher Art Memorial as part of the Philadelphia Folklore Project, October l989.

Petrarch and Petrarchism in Europe, UCLA l983.

Literature in the Nuclear Age, UCLA, 1982.

American Association of University Professors of Italian conference, UCLA l98l.

  EXHIBITS

Essential Salento: Festival of Salentine Culture (curator: multimedia festival), UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles, October 18-23, 1998

St. Joseph's Day Table, co-curated with Virginia Buscemi Carlson, UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum and Cultural Center, March 18-19, 1998.

Ballads and Boundaries: Narrative Singing in an Intercultural Context, Exhibits in honor of D.K. Wilgus, curated by L. Del Giudice and Norm Cohen

    (1) Ballads and Folksong (University Research Library), June 1-30

    (2) 18th - 19th-Century Broadsides, Chapbooks and Songsters from Special Collections (Dept. of Special Collections, URL), June 18-Sept. 4

    (3) Ballads: 17th - 19th-Century Materials from the William Andrews Clark Library (Clark Library), June 14-Aug. 30, 1993.


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