Professor Áine O’Healy

Director of the Humanities Program

Professor of Italian 

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin.
B.A. and M.A., University College Galway/National University of Ireland; 

Office: University Hall 3945
Phone: (310) 338-7423

Area of Specialization

Italian Cinema, Italian Cultural Studies, Transnational Film Studies


Selected Publications

  • “Witnessing History, Recounting Suffering: Andrea Segre’s Documentary Project.” Destination Italy: Representing Migration in Contemporary Media and Narrative, ed. Emma Bond, Guido Bonsaver, Federico Faloppa. Oxford and Bern: Lang, 2015. 415-430.
  • “Postcolonial Theory and Italy’s ‘Multicultural’ Cinema.” The Italian Cinema Book, ed. Peter Bondanella, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2014. 295-302.
  • “Towards a Transnational Approach to the Study of Contemporary Italian Film.” The Italianist, 34. 2 (2014) 269–272. 
  • “Transnational Mobility and Precarious Labor in Post-Cold War Europe: The Spectral Disruptions of Carmine Amoroso’sCover Boy” (with Alice Bardan). The Cinemas of Italian Migration: European and Transatlantic Narratives, ed. Sabine Schrader and Daniel Winkler. Newcastle UK: CSP, 2013. 69-90.
  • “I documentari dei migranti.” Quaderni del CSCI: Rivista annuale di cinema italiano 8 (2012). 133-140.
  • “Screening Intimacy and Racial Difference in Postcolonial Italy.” Postcolonial Italy: Challenging National Homogeneity, ed. Cristina Lombardi-Diop and Caterina Romeo. New York: Palgrave, 2012. 203-218. (Revised and translated as "Intimità interraziali nel cinema italiano postcoloniale." L'Italia postcolionale, ed. Cristina Lombardi-Diop and Caterina Romeo. Milan: LeMonnier Università, 2014. 194-208)  
  • “Vittorio De Sica in the Garden of the Finzi-Continis.” Poscritto a Giorgio Bassani: Saggi in memoria del decimo anniversario della morte, ed. Roberta Antognini and Rodica Diaconescu Blumenfeld. Milan: LED, 2011. 499-516.
  • “Anthropological Anxieties: Roberta Torre’s Critique of Mafia Violence.” Visions of Struggle: Women’s Filmmaking in the Mediterranean, ed. Flavia Laviosa. New York: Palgrave, 2010. 83-101.
  • “Mediterranean Passages: Abjection and Belonging in Contemporary Italian Cinema.” California Italian Studies 1:1 (2010). Web.
  • “A Neapolitan Childhood: Seduction and Betrayal in Pianese Nunzio quattordici anni a maggio.” Coming of Age in Film: Transformations in World Cinema, ed. Anne Hardcastle, Kendall Tarte, and Robert Morosini. Newcastle UK: CSP, 2009. 12-22.
  • “'[Non] è una somala': Deconstructing African Femininity in Italian Film.” The Italianist, 29: 2 (2009). 175-198.
  • Transcultural Mediations and Transnational Politics of Difference (Special Issue). Feminist Media Review 9:4 (2009), co-edited with Katarzyna Marciniak and Anikó Imre.
  • “Alterità, abiezione e autorialità in Non ti muovere: dal romanzo al film.” Sinergie narrative in letteratura e film nell'Italia contemporanea, ed. Guido Bonsaver, Martin McLaughlin, and Franca Pellegrini, Florence: Cesati, 2008. 233-247.
  • Transnational Feminism in Film and Media, ed. Katarzyna Marciniak, Anikó Imre, Áine O'Healy, New York: Palgrave, 2007. 11-25.
  • “Border Traffic: Reimagining the Voyage to Italy.” Transnational Feminism in Film and Media, ed. Katarzyna Marciniak, Anikó Imre, Áine O'Healy, New York: Palgrave, 2007, 59-72.



Alexandra Neel

Assistant Professor, Humanities Program

Ph.D., M.A., Princeton University; B.A., Cambridge University; B.A., Smith College
Office: UHall 3409
Tel. 310.338.2986

Area of Specialization

Nineteenth-century British Literature, Visual Cultures, Theories and Histories of Photography, Travel Literature, Polar Studies, Gender Studies  



A specialist in nineteenth-century British literature and visual culture, Alexandra Neel joined the Humanities Program at Loyola Marymount University as an Assistant Professor in fall 2009 after serving two years as an Assistant Professor of English Literature at the University of Oregon. She earned her PhD in English Literature from Princeton University in 2007. Her work focuses on the exchanges between illustrated travelogues of polar exploration and literary works, which range from Captain Cook's Second Voyage and Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner to Scott's Last Expedition and Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse. She has published articles on proto-photography in the Romantic period in Victorian Studies; the haunting of slavery in the Victorian novel in Victorian Literature and Culture; and her most recent article, "Still Life in Frankenstein," is forthcoming in NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction. Currently, Neel is working on a book-length project, "Winter’s Tales: The Literary and Photographic Exploration of Polar Regions from Coleridge to Woolf.” Neel teaches upper-division interdisciplinary seminars for the Humanities and Honors Programs and English Department, as well as courses on fiction, the graphic novel, and world literature.




  • “Still life in Frankenstein,” forthcomingin NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 48.3 (November 2015).
  • “The Ghost Slavery in Our Mutual Friend.Victorian Literature and Culture 43.3 (2015): 511-32.
  • “‘A Something-Nothing out of its Very Contrary’: The Photography of Coleridge.” Victorian Studies 49.2 (2007): 208-217.
  • “The Photography of Antarctica: Virginia Woolf’s Letters of Discovery.” Woolf and the Art of Exploration. Clemson, SC: Clemson Digital Press, 2006. 203-211.
  • “‘Qui est là?’: Negative Personhood in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea” (under review).



  • Winter’s Tales: The Literary and Photographic Exploration of Antarctica and the Arctic from Coleridge to Woolf. (book manuscript in preparation)
  • “Virginia Woolf and Alfredo Jaar on Writing Atrocity Photographs.” (article in preparation)



  • Jen Hill. White Horizon: The Arctic in the Nineteenth-Century British Imagination. Review.
  • Studies in the Novel 41.4 (Winter 2009): 497-499.
  • Smoking Coasts and Ice-bound Seas: Cook’s Journeys to the Arctic. Review. Journal of Pacific
  • History (June 2009): 104-5.
  • “Orientalism in Joyce’s Ulysses,” fragment in “Implicasphere: The Onion.” Cabinet 28 (Winter
  • 2007/08).
  • “Atrocious Images.” Conference review. Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural
  • Criticism. 33.5 (March/April2006): 38-39.


  • “Whiter Shades of Pale.” Rev. of “Impressionists in Winter: Effets de Neige.” The Brooklyn
  • Museum of Art. Time Out New York, June 24, 1999.
  • “Next Stop Wonderland.” Rev. of “Reflections in a Looking Glass: A Lewis Carroll Centenary
  • Exhibition.” The Equitable Gallery. Time Out New York, April 1, 1999.
  • Rev. of “Shirin Neshat, Turbulent.” Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, New
  • York. Time Out New York, January 7, 1999.
  • Rev. of “Roni Horn, Pi.” Matthew Marks Gallery. Time Out New York, May 6, 1999.
  • Rev. of “Tracey Moffatt, Laudanum.” Paul Morris Gallery. Time Out New York, June 10, 1999.
  • Rev. of “Lynne Yamamoto, The Long Twilight.” Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip
  • Morris, New York. Time Out New York, March 18, 1999.