Alice Bendinelli, Ph.D.

Professor of English; Chair, Computer Science, Communication and English Division
Email Address
(620) 229-6325

Dr. Alice Bendinelli is a Professor of English at Southwestern College, KS, where she has been teaching since 2007, after relocating to the USA from Italy. She holds a M.A. in Spanish and English from the University of Verona (Italy), with an emphasis on comparative literature. Prior to completing her doctoral program, Dr. Bendinelli did research in Spain (Bilbao and Madrid), as well as Ireland (Limerick). She holds a Ph. D. in literary theory from the University of Verona, with a dissertation on visual culture and contemporary British fiction. She is currently completing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) at Southwestern College, KS.

She has published numerous essays and chapters in books on contemporary British and Italian fiction and her research interests include ecocriticism, trauma literature, and visual culture. Dr. Bendinelli regularly presents papers at national and international conferences. She also organized and hosted an international conference on literature and the environment here at Southwestern College (The World We Have Imagined: Literature, Nature and the Environment in April 2012), and another conference on animal suffering (Animal Suffering: Interdisciplinary Investigations in Animal Studies in October 2015).

Dr. Bendinelli’s research has turned towards animal studies and she is currently working on a manuscript for an animal studies series. Dr. Bendinelli is particularly interested in all those interstitial spaces that literature creates in which apparently opposing elements (human/animal, fact/fiction, presence/absence) merge.

At Southwestern College, Dr. Bendinelli teaches Survey classes (English and World Literature), literary theory, and literature and the environment, as well as modern language classes (Spanish and Italian). She shares her life with her husband, 13-year-old son, and their rescue dogs. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, pinning crafts she will never have time to do, and cheering for her son at soccer games.

Alice Bendinelli, Ph.D.
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