Maria DiBattista

Professor of English and Comparative Literature. Chair, Committee for Film Studies.
Office Phone
32 McCosh Hall

Office Hours Spring 2024:  Spring Term Leave

Periods: twentieth century

Languages: Italian

Research Interests: twentieth century literature and film, the European novel and narrative theory; British literature; contemporary literature and culture, film studies, modernism


Prof. DiBattista has written extensively on modern literature, popular and pulp fiction, and film. A professor of both English and comparative literature, she also serves on the film studies committee and the women’s studies faculty.

Prof. DiBattista is interested in working with graduate students whose research interests overlap with her own or would entice her to broaden her own horizons.


Cambridge Companion to Autobiography, ed. Maria DiBattista and Emily Wittman. (Cambridge, 2014).

Modernism and Autobiography, ed. Maria DiBattista and Emily Wittman (Cambridge, 2014).

Novel Characters: A Genealogy (Blackwell, 2010).

Imagining Virginia Woolf: An Experiment in Critical Biography (Princeton University Press, 2008).

Virginia Woolf's Orlando, introduced and annotated by Maria DiBattista (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 2006).

Fast Talking Dames, a study of American film comedy of the thirties and forties (Yale University Press, 2001).

High and Low Moderns: British Literature and Culture, 1889-1939, ed. Maria DiBattista and Lucy McDiarmid (Oxford University Press, 1997).

First Love: The Affections of Modern Fiction (University of Chicago Press, 1991).

Virginia Woolf's Major Novels: The Fables of Anon (Yale University Press, 1980).

Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies, associate editor. (Taylor and Francis, 2007).

Works in Progress:

The World Before Them: Women Writers and the Public Sphere (co-authored with Deborah Nord)