Fabio Battista

Instructor of Italian

  • email: fbattista@ua.edu
  • phone (205) 348-5059
  • office location BB Comer Hall 242


  • PhD, Comparative Literature, The Graduate Center, CUNY (2019)
  • MA, Modern Languages, Literatures, and Translation, Sapienza Università di Roma (2012)


Fabio Battista’s research interests include: early modern European culture; translation studies; the interplay between historical narrative and fictional literature, particularly tragedy; theatre history; Second Language Acquisition. He is working on his first book, provisionally titled Staging English Affairs in Early Modern Italy: History, Politics, Drama, in which he investigates the transmission of knowledge and the fictionalization of facts across the European continent, with a particular attention to the Anglo-Italian case.

His research has been funded by, among others, a Northeast Modern Language Association Summer Grant (2015) and an Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellowship (2018-2019). Most recently, he was awarded the Anne Jacobson Schutte Early Career Research Grant by the Society for Reformation Research (2021).

Dr. Battista is also a published translator and has completed the first English-language edition of Federico Della Valle’s tragedy La reina di Scotia (The Queen of Scots), which is under review with the Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library Series at the University of Toronto Press.

Selected Publications

  • [book translation] Christian Uva, Sergio Leone: Cinema as Political Fable. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.
  • “Death of a Stateswoman: Elizabeth Tudor and the Critique of Female Rule in La regina statista d’Inghilterra (1668).” Italica 96.4 (Winter 2019).
  • “Cronaca del Monastero delle Clarisse di Perugia.” Brill Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle (2016).
  • “Ricordanze del Monastero di Santa Lucia in Foligno (1424-1786).” Brill Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle (2016).
  • “Spiritual Autobiography in Seventeenth-Century England. Trends in Literary History and Criticism, 1948 – 2012.” Status Quaestionis 3 (2012).
  • La parole antérieure. Giraudoux, Électre e la riscrittura del mito.” Laboratorio Critico 3 (2012).
  • La vie humaine commence de l’autre côté du désespoir. La lezione di Macbeth ne Les Mouches.Laboratorio Critico 2 (2012).