Prof. Ida Passarelli
- Adjunct Faculty
- Laurea di Dottore, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”
Della Passarelli has been teaching Italian Literature and Italian Language at the American University of Rome since 1992.
She is a publisher, specialised in Children’s Books and Imigrant’s Literature. Her publishing house (Sinnos Editrice, started in 1990 ) has won many important prizes such as “Premio Andersen 2007” for “editorial work” and the Grinzane Cavour 2007 for children.
Her teaching and research interests focus on Italian Literature and Italian language. As a teacher, she is truly committed and interested in intercultural exchange and she loves the challenge of transmitting a passion for literature, making its study as stimulating and creative as possible, a sort of “journey” into knowledge of socio-historical periods, people and cultures.
She thinks that one of the revolutionary potentials of literature, and of the arts in general, is that of touching issues and themes that all of us, even if different have in common – we all eat, dress, pray, speak. And if a novel, poem or story touches our heart, it inevitably adds something to our way of seeing things.
Literature offers us the possibility of pausing and reflecting on our inner world, giving voice to our feelings as well as allowing us to know and understand those of others.
She believes that reading is a highly personal experience and, as Carlos Fuentes says, we make «an act of love which teaches us to love better, but also an act of selfishness, which teaches us to have a wonderful conversation with ourselves ».
Della Passarelli was born and lives in Rome. In 1987 she gradueted in Italian literature (Laurea in Lettere Moderne) at the University “La Sapienza” of Rome. She has two children, she loves travelling, but – of course – also to have time and a nice place where to read!
She has written two novels for children (Tenere’ and Francigoal) but prefers reading and choosing what to publish…