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Anna Scacchi teaches American Literature at the University of Padua. She obtained her PhD in American Studies with a dissertation on the politics and ideology of national language in the Early American Republic. The contemporary debate on language (ELA, plurilingualism, code switching, ebonics, gender and language, PC and language) is one of her main areas of research. Her coauthored book, La Babele americana. Lingue e identità negli Stati Uniti di oggi (with S. Antonelli and A. Scannavini, Donzelli, 2005), traces a cultural history of language ideologies in the US, from millennial visions of American English as the future language of humanity to dystopic fears of multilingualism.

She has published essays on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American women writers, such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Edith Wharton, and Zora Neale Hurston; has written on popular culture (Buffalo Bill, Barbie, Gone with the Wind), and the memory of slavery in the US today. With William Boelhower she has coedited a collection of essays on New York (Public Space, Private Lives: Race, Class, Gender and Citizenship in New York, 1890-1929, VU Press, 2004). She is the author of a book on Melville's Benito Cereno (2000). Her interest in gender studies has produced Lo specchio materno. Madri e figlie tra biografia e letteratura (Sossella, 2005).

Recently she has devoted her attention to Black Atlantic Studies, co-editing Recharting the Black Atlantic: Modern Cultures, Local Communities, Global Connections (with A. Oboe, Routledge, 2008), and to questions of race in contemporary culture (Parlare di razza, with T. Petrovich Njegosh, ombre corte, 2012).