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

on leave 2014-2015


Area of Specialization

Italian Cinema, Contemporary Italian Literature, Age of the Baroque, Transnational Film Studies, Feminist Theory



Selected Publications

  • "Alterità, abiezione e autorialità in Non ti muovere dal romanzo al film." Sinergie narrative in letteratura e film nell'Italia contemporanea. Guido Bonsaver, Martin McLaughlin, and Franca Pellegrini, eds. Florence: Cesati, 2008. 233-247.
  • “Difficult Discussions: Notes on Teaching Italian Film in North America.” Italian Studies. 63:2 (2008) 269-274. * Transnational Feminism in Film and Media. Katarzyna Marciniak Anikó Imre and Áine O’Healy, eds. New York: Palgrave, 2007.
  • “Border Traffic: Reimagining the Voyage to Italy.” Transnational Feminism in Film and Media. Katarzyna Marciniak Anikó Imre and Áine O’Healy, eds. New York: Palgrave, 2007. 59-72 * “Introduction: Mapping Transnational Feminist Media Studies,” Transnational Feminism in Film and Media. Katarzyna Marciniak Anikó Imre and Áine O’Healy, eds. New York: Palgrave, 2007. 1-18.
  • "Humanity, Hospitality, and the Detention Camp: Screening Migration in Contemporary Italian Cinema." International Journal of the Humanities. 4:3 (2006) 68-77.
  • “Desire and Disavowal in Liliana Cavani’s German Trilogy.” Queer Italia. Gary Cestaro, ed. New York: Palgrave, 2004. 133-152.
  • “Lamerica.” The Cinema of Italy. Giorgio Bertellini, ed. London: Wallflower Press. 2004. 244-253.
  • “Interview with the Vamp: Deconstructing Femininity in Fellini’s Final Films.” Federico Fellini: Contemporary Perspectives. Frank Burke and Marguerite Waller, eds. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 2002. 209-232.
  • “Race, Ethnicity, and the Elusive Dream of Italian Multiculturalism: From Pummarò to L’articolo due.” Romance Languages Annual 12. West Lafayette: Purdue Research Foundation. 2002.
  • “Violence and the Erotic in Salvatore Piscicelli’s Immacolata e Concetta.” Romance Languages Annual 11. West Lafayette: Purdue Research Foundation. 2001.
  • “Towards a Poor Feminist Cinema: The Experimental Films of Dacia Maraini.” The Pleasure of Writing. Eds. Rodica Diaconescu Blumenfeld and Ada Testaferri. West Lafayette IN: Purdue University Press, 2000. 246-264.
  • “Theatre and Cinema: 1945-2000.” A History of Women’s Writing in Italy. Ed. Letizia Panizza and Sharon Wood. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000. 254-265.
  • “Revisiting the Belly of Naples: The Body and the City in the Films of Mario Martone” Screen 40:3 (Autumn 1999): 239-256.
  • “Are the Children Watching Us? The Roman Films of Francesca Archibugi.” Annali d’Italianistica 17 (1999): 121-136.



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

Interim Director 

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 photography and Virginia Woolf; her most recent article, "‘A Something-Nothing out of its Very Contrary': The Photography of Coleridge," appeared in a special issue of Victorian Studies and explores how Coleridge, through his critique of materialist philosophies, imagines the possibility of photography before its invention. Currently, Neel is working on a book-length project, "The Writing of Ice: Literary and Photographic Explorations of Antarctica and the Arctic," as well as an article on Charles Dickens' engagement with slavery in Our Mutual Friend. She 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.