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Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio was born in Rome, Italy. She graduated with a Laurea in lingue moderne from the University of Sassari in 1979. In 1981 she moved to the United States to pursue graduate studies and earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Riverside. From 1987 to 1991 she has taught French and English at two universities, Illinois State University, in Normal, and Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1991 Anderlini-D'Onofrio moved to the San Diego area. For six years she was an independent scholar and activist in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community, working on safer-sex education and serving as a coordinator in the Bisexual Forum of San Diego. Simultaneously she studied the healing arts and became a practitioner of holistic healing and massage therapies. When her book on women's participation in modern theater was accepted for publication in 1997, she took a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, where she is currently a Full Professor of Italian and Humanities.
As a graduate student and new Ph.D., Anderlini-D'Onofrio received numerous study and research grants, including two Graduate-Council Fellowships, a Phi Beta Kappa International Award, and a research scholarship from the Italian Cultural Institute. Recently, she received the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Fellowship, which she used in Austin, Texas to research the Lillian Hellman papers. As a professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Anderlini-D'Onofrio has received three Seed-Money Grants, one to study new Italian filmmakers and immigration, one to study holistic cultures and communities in Central Italy, and one to study transculturation and human unity in Auroville, India. She has also received numerous research descargas or reduced teaching loads to complete research projects.
Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio publications include The "Weak" Subject: On Modernity, Eros, and Women's Playwriting (New Jersey: Associated University Presses, 1998, 352 pages), a comparative study of women's authorship in the modern theater; her numerous articles in Atenea, Carte Italiane, Diacritics, DisClosure, Feminist Issues, Italian Culture, The Journal of Dramatic Criticism and Theory, The Journal of Gender Studies, Leggere Donna, Literature, Consciousness, and the Arts, Nebula, Rhizomes, Theater, Traces, VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, Women and Language, Women's Studies International Forum, Zengers, and Z Magazine; and her book chapters in Feminine Feminists: Cultural Practices in Italy, Natalia Ginzburg: A Voice of the Twentieth Century, and Franca Rame: A Woman Onstage. She is the co-translator of In Spite of Plato, a book of feminist theory by Italian philosopher Adriana Cavarero, for Polity Press, 1995.
Recently, Anderlini-D'Onofrio has guest edited two special-topics issues of The Journal of Bisexuality. The first is entitled Women and Bisexuality: A Global Perspective (June 2003); the second Plural Loves: Designs for Bi and Poly Living (September 2005), perhaps the first collection on bisexual and polyamorous communities. Both are available also as books from Haworth Press. Her memoir, Eros: A Journey of Multiple Loves, has appeared in 2006 form Haworth Press. She has translated Il lago del cuore/A Lake for the Heart, a collection of lyrical poems by her father, the late Senator Luigi Anderlini. The book has appeared with Gradiva Press in 2005. She is at work on a book on the politics of love and the globe's future which will include her theories in cultural ecology and the new spirituality movements, and her analytical work about intentional communities, testimonial narratives, the new cinemas, body ecology, and wholistic healing.
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