Dr. Myriam Ruthenberg teaches Italian literature, culture and language at all levels in an Italian Studies program that she created and became official in 1993 with what was then the second of only two B.A. programs in the State of Florida. She served as Chair of the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature from 2003 to 2008. She holds two teaching awards and a university Leadership Enhancement Award, and most recently she became the recipient of the university-wide Faculty Talon Award "in recognition of exceptional leadership, commitment and service to FAU." She has served on the editorial board of professional journals in her field. She was Treasurer of the American Association of Italian Studies for three years. In 2007 she was knighted by the Republic of Italy, which granted her the title of "Cavaliere nell'Ordine della Stella dellla Solidarietà italiana."
In the last few years she has concentrated her research on the writer, translator and cultural critic Erri De Luca, who became the topic of several articles, an edited volume titled Scrivere nella polvere: Saggi su Erri De Luca (Pisa: ETS, 2005), and the first English translation of one of this author's works (The Senses of Memory). Re-writing lies at the core of her published research on the early Renaissance novellatore and chronicler Giovanni Sercambi, and her articles on Elsa Morante and Tomasi Di Lampedusa focus on the recasting of respectively Medieval and Renaissance texts in a twentieth-century mold. She is currently working on an authored book, titled Erri De Luca e la scrittura alla vigilia della creazione.
Recent and forthcoming publications
"From Kohelet/Ecclesiaste to Montedidio: The Rest of the Story." California Italian Studies 5, 2015 (in press).
"'Cantando narrare': Healing Melancholy in Decameron X,7." Atti del convegno 'Umana cosa è aver compassione degli afflitti ...': Raccontare, consolare, curare nella narrative europea de Boccaccio al Seicento. The University of Turin, December 12-14, 2013, Levia Gravia-University of Turin, 2015 (in press).
"Telling Lies Telling Lives: Giovanni Sercambi between 'Cronaca' and 'Novella'." The Italian Novella. Ed. Gloria Allaire. Routledge Medieval Casebook Series. New York: Routledge (2002): 69-80. http://bit.ly/1M4e7xX
"'Eccomi' sulla spiaggia-confine di Tu, mio: Erri De Luca, il mare e l'asciutto." Narrativa. Université de Paris X, Nanterre 20.21 (2001): 169-80.