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, 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

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.