Donatella Germanese

Research Scholar (Since 2012)


Donatella Germanese studies the interface between literature and science. In her current project, she examines how technology and scientific topics influenced literary theories, debates, and works. At present, Italian cultural journals after World War II constitute the project's primary source.

Donatella studied philology, foreign languages, and literature at the University of Florence. She completed her doctoral degree in 1998 in German Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin with a monograph on the literary journal Pan (1910–1915). Her general research interests include modern and contemporary German, French, and Italian literatures, the medieval and renaissance history of her hometown Siena, and the treatment of Swiss history in textbooks and literary works. Donatella Germanese was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2009–2010, and a member of the study group led by Mazzino Montinari at the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin in 1985–1986.


Science and Technology in Italian Postwar Cultural Journals


No projects were found for this scholar.

Selected Publications

Germanese, D. (2017). 'We will make Europe there': italian intellectuals in search of Europe and America in Hitler's Germany. Modern Intellectual History, 14(2), 451-476. doi:10.1017/S1479244315000074.


Germanese, D. (2014). 'Civiltà delle macchine' (1953-1979). Parolechiave, 51, 145-152.


Germanese, D. (Ed.). (2011). Siena. Eine literarische Einladung. Berlin: Klaus Wagenbach Verlag.


Germanese, D. (2005). Antihelden auf Goethes Spuren: Italien als Schauplatz bei Hans-­Ulrich Treichel.


Germanese, D. (2000). Pan (1910-­1915). Schriftsteller im Kontext einer Zeitschrift. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.


Germanese, D. (1992). L’angelo e il poeta. Alcune considerazioni sul motivo dell’angelo in Rilke e George. In C. Graziadei (Ed.), Tra simbolismo e avanguardie. Studi dedicati a Ferruccio Masini (pp. 83-­95). Roma: Editori Riuniti.


Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

“Industrial Literature” in Post-War Italy

Conference "Beyond Nature in Science and Literature," The International Commission on Science and Literature, Syros, Hermoupolis

Modernization and militarization of Italian classrooms during Fascism

7th ESHS Conference, Prague

Fascist “Talking Blackboards”: Italian educational film and radio broadcast under Fascism and beyond

Under Control. Childhood and Twentieth Century Dictatorships (1917-1991), University of Warwick

The Fascist “Talking Blackboard”: Italian Educational Film under Fascism and Beyond

Educational Film from a Historical Perspective, Georg Eckert Institute, Braunschweig

Civiltà delle Macchine (1953-1979)—An Italian journal connects art, science, and technology

6th ESHS Conference, Lisbon