Rocco Marinaccio


Professor, English


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A., University of Missouri
  • B.A., Manhattan College

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 150      Roots: Literature
  • ENGL 151      Roots: Literature (First Year Seminar)
  • ENGL 210      Exposition and Argumentation
  • ENGL 285      Literary New York
  • ENGL 338      New York City, Modernity, and Postmodernity
  • ENGL 372      American Literature to 1914
  • ENGL 378      Modern American Literature
  • ENGL 379      Contemporary American Literature
  • ENGL 395      Senior Seminar
  • ENGL 399      Independent Study

  • Research
    • American literature, especially modern and contemporary; poetry; cultural studies, particularly the political contexts of literature; Italian-American literature and culture; food studies.
    • Current Research: American literature and culture in the Depression; the Italian-American cultural tradition; food studies.
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities
    • “’The sight to see and the will to do’: Charles Reznikoff and the Poetics of Exposure” (LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, June 2006)
    • "I Get No Kick Out  of Assimilation; or, My Frank Sinatra Problem" in Frank Sinatra: History, Identity, and Italian-American Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)
    • "George Oppen's '"I've Seen America" Book': Discrete Series and the Thirties Road Narrative" (American Literature, September 2002)
    • "Charles Bernstein: An Interview" (Contemporary Literature, Spring 2000): and "Dago Christs or Hometown Heroes?: Proletarian Representations of Sacco and Vanzetti" (Centennial Review, Fall 1997).
    • Many conference papers include presentations on Objectivist poetry; Frank Sinatra and Italian-American culture; poetry and radical politics in the 1930s. 
    • Forthcoming Publications: “’Tea and cookies. Diavolo!’: Italian American Masculinity and John Fante’s Wait Until Spring, Bandini” (MELUS).