Alessia Dalsant, Ph.D.


Yale University, New Haven, CT
PhD, Spanish Literature, December 2012

Dissertation Title: Framing Mediterranean Culture: How the Frame Tale Shaped
    European Storytelling in the Medieval Period.

  • Advisor: Professor María Rosa Menocal

MPhil, with honors, May 2009
    Spanish Literature
    Minor in Italian language and literature

MA, Spanish Literature, May 2008

Hunter College, New York, NY

MA, Spanish Literature, January 2005
BA, Spanish, Summa Cum Laude, May 2003


Doctor Dalsant has taught a variety of language courses in New York, at Yale University, and at the University of New Haven.

As a language teacher, she is interested in second language acquisition and in developing courses that cater to students’ specific needs, such as Spanish for Health Care and Conversational Spanish.

As a literary scholar, her research focuses on medieval and early modern Spanish literature with a particular focus on cross-cultural and cross-lingual interactions among the three Abrahamic religions in the Mediterranean area. She is further interested in the continuity of medieval topics in contemporary literature, notably in Latin America.

In addition to her main focus on Spanish language and culture, Doctor Dalsant is currently exploring a side project on Italian literature of migration and modern Diasporas to and from Italy.


Research and Teaching Interests

  • All levels of Spanish Language Coursework
    Second Language Acquisition
    Medieval Iberian Literature and Literature of al-Andalus
    Jewish, Christian, Muslim Relations in the Middle Ages
    Representation of Women in Medieval and Early Modern European Literature Representation of the Middle Ages in Contemporary Literature
    Spanish for Health Care
    Italian Culture
    Italian Literature of Migration and Exile 

Academic Positions

University of New Haven, CT
Coordinator of the Modern Languages Program, Summer 2013- Present.


“Lo abyecto vs. lo sagrado: los siete pecados capitales y la naturaleza en La Charca de
    Manuel Zeno Gandía” Revista Iberoamericana (forthcoming)

“Decolonizzare la mentalitá italiana in La mia casa é dove sono di Igiaba Scego” (in preparation) (“Decolonizing Italian Mentality in My House is Where I Am, by Igiaba Scego”)

Conference Talks

“A Labyrinth of Stories:from the Arabian Nights to Jorge Luis Borges” Guest Lecturer invited by the
    University of Buffalo- SUNY, February 10, 2014.

“The wisdom of women in the Sendebar” Rocky Mountain Modern Language
    Association (RMMLA), Vancouver, WA, October 10-12 2013.

“Los siete pecados capitales en La Charca de Manuel Zeno Gandía” New England
    Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS), 2012 Annual Meeting: Yale University, New Haven, CT, November 3rd, 2012.

“Framing women: representations of women in the Spanish framed tale tradition
    64th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, April 14-16 2011.

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