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Salvatore Bancheri

Title/Position
Professor Emeritus, Italian Studies
Language Studies

Graduate Appointment: Graduate Italian Studies Program 

Salvatore Bancheri is a Full Professor of Italian. He was Interim Chair of the Department of Language Studies, UTM at the University of Toronto Mississauga (July 2022 – December 2023). He was Chair and Emilio Goggio Chair of the Department of Italian Studies, University of Toronto (St. George Campus, UofT, 2011 – July 2019); Graduate Coordinator and Associate Chair of the Department of Italian Studies (2006–2007; 2009–2011); Acting Chair and Graduate Chair of the Department of Italian Studies (2007–2008); and Acting Associate Chair, Department of Language Studies. He was also Director of the Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Canadian Studies (2005 – July 2019); Editor of Italian Canadiana (2004 – July 2019); President of the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI, 2015–2017); Secretary Treasurer of AATI (2010–2013); Director of Communications of AATI (2007–2013). He is a member of the editorial board of numerous peer-reviewed journals.

Professor Bancheri has published and edited 20 issues of the refereed journal Italian Canadiana, 6 books of the Iacobucci Monograph Series, 7 edited books, 3 monographs, and authored numerous refereed articles. As Editor of the Series “Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies Series" printed by Franco Cesati Editore (Italy), he has published 6 volumes. He was a member of the UTP Manuscript Committee (2009–2019) and has evaluated the publication of over 70 manuscripts. He has co-authored many Italian language textbooks with some of the most prestigious publishing houses in North America (Random House, Heinle & Heinle, Thomson Heinle, etc.). In 2007, his course ITA312/313Y Italian Theatre: Text and Performance was nominated for inclusion in the College Board AP World Languages Best Practices Study in Italian Language and Culture. 


Education 

  • PhD, Italian Studies, University of Toronto 
  • MA, Italian Studies, University of Toronto 
  • BA Hons, Italian and French, University of Toronto 

Areas of Teaching and Research Interests  

  • 16th–18th-century Italian literature 
  • Textual criticism  
  • Religious theatre  
  • Sicilian literature  
  • Theatre: theory and performance 
  • Italian Canadian studies 
  • Second-language teaching and learning  
  • Applied linguistics 

Selected Publications 

Books 

  • Bancheri S. (2024). Il Riscatto di Delia: dall’editio princeps al copione ideale. Edizione critica a cura di Salvatore Bancheri. Ottawa: Legas.
  • Casini, S., & Bancheri, S. (2022). What Is the Language of Power? Theoretical Reflections on Italian, Italiese and Other Languages. Ottawa: Legas. 
  • Casini, S., & Bancheri, S. (2021). Lingue e linguaggi d’Italia in Canada. Riflessioni di linguistica educativa su Quannu nun era matrimoniu ‘ppi procura di Lina Riccobene. Ottawa: Legas. 
  • Bancheri, S. (2015). Il riscatto di Adamo nella morte di Gesù Cristo. Edizione critica a cura di Salvatore Bancheri con la collaborazione di Johnny Bertolio. Introduzione e Nota Filologica di Salvatore Bancheri. Ottawa: Legas. 
  • Danesi, M., Lettieri, M., & Bancheri, S. (2013). Con fantasia. Reviewing and Expanding Functional Italian Skills. Fourth Edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
  • Bancheri, S., & Lettieri, M. (2010). Living Language Ultimate Italian: Beginner-Intermediate. A Complete Textbook with 40 Lessons and Reference Guide. Fourth Edition. New York: Living Language /Random House Inc.
  • Bancheri, S. (1995). Orioles, Filippo. Il riscatto d’Adamo nella morte di Gesù Cristo. Edizione critica a cura di Salvatore Bancheri. Cosenza (Italy): Marra Editore. 

Articles & Book Chapters 

  • Casini, S., & Bancheri, S. (2023). “Italiano L2 e Experiential Learning: verso una lingua del ‘potere educativo’.” In Andrea Manganaro, Giuseppe Traina, Carmelo Tramontana (a cura di). Letteratura e Potere/Poteri. Roma: Adi Editore, 1–22.  
  • Casini, S., & Bancheri, S. (2022). “Tra immigrazione e emigrazione: riflessioni sul Commissario Montalbano.” Quaderni camilleriani 18 (2022): 55–71. 
  • Casini, S., & Bancheri, S. (2022). “L’italiano nel mondo globale: tra plurilinguismo, economia ed insegnamento.” In Plurilinguismo istruzione professionale e mondo del lavoro, a cura di Sergio Piraro. Roma; Aracne, 19–67. 
  • Casini, S., & Bancheri, S. (2023). “Emigrazione e immigrazione nel cuore del Mediterraneo: il caso Delia”. In Vitti, Antonio (ed). Mediterranean Encounters and Legacies. Incontri e lasciti mediterranei. New York: Bordighera Press, 1–34. 
  • Bancheri, S. (2021). “Liolà di Luigi Pirandello: un esperimento didattico.” In A Garland of Gifts: Studies in Honour of Olga Zorzi Pugliese, ed. Konrad Eisenbichler and Pasquale Sabbatino. 2 vols. Welland, ON: éditions Soleil publishing, 2021, 669–685. 
  • Bancheri, S. (2021). “Un viaggio nel mio nostos. La comunità siciliana globale di Delia tra tradizioni, teatro, dialetto ed italiese.”. In Patterns of Nostos in Italian Canadian Narratives. Edited by G. Niccoli. A special issue of Italian Canadiana 35 (2021), 129–151. 
  • Bancheri, S. (2020). Dal cruciverba al social media (o alla app): un esempio di educazione linguistica attraverso il gioco”. Cultura e comunicazione 17 (2020), 24–30, 71–73. 
  • Bancheri, S. (2020). “Questioni di educazione linguistica: L’italiano (il dialetto e l’italiese) a teatro.”. In A Journey through Knowledge: A Festschrift in Memory of Paul A. Colilli (1952–2018), edited by S. Casini, C. Sansalone S. Bancheri, M. Lettieri. Firenze: Cesati, 535–549. 
  • Bancheri, S., & Casini, S. (2019). “‘Stanno tutti bene’. Una ricognizione sugli studi di italianistica nel Nord America”. In Il mondo dell’Italiano - L’Italiano nel mondo, a cura di Carla Bagna e Laura Ricci. Ospedaletto (PI): Pacini, 213–239. 
  • Bancheri, S. (2015). “La scomparsa di Patò e Il riscatto d’Adamo nella morte di Gesù Cristo.” Gran Teatro Camilleri, a cura di Salvatore Silvano Nigro. Palermo: Sellerio Editore, 94–107. 
  • Bancheri, S. (2009). “The Theatrical Workshop in the Italian Curriculum”. Set the Stage! Teaching Italian through Theater. Theories, Methods and Practices. Edited by Nicoletta Marini-Maio and Colleen Ryan-Scheutz. New Haven and London: Yale UP, 83–113. 
  • Bancheri, S. (2006). “A Language Teacher’s Perspective on Effective Courseware.” Changing Language Education through CALL, edited by Randall Donaldson and Margaret A. Haggstrom. New York: Routledge, 31–47.  
  • Bancheri, S. (1997). “Criteri per la valutazione di software pedagogico grammaticale.” Italica 74.4 (1997), 497–516.  

Selected Grants, Fellowships and Awards 

  • SSHRC Insight Grant, Principal Investigator, 2022–2025, Italiese and Its New Developments: from Endangered to a Global Space  
  • SSHRC Insight Grant, Co-investigator, 2002–2007, Editing Renaissance Italian Tragedies: Problems and Opportunities
  • Commander of the Order of the Star of Italy Award, conferred by the President of Italy, 2018
  • Appointed Member of the Centro di studi filologici e linguistici siciliani, Palermo, Università degli Studi di Palermo, 2017 
  • Honorary Member (Socio Onorario) of Centro Studi Internazionale di Letteratura Italiana ed Europea (CESILIE), 2004
  • AATI Distinguished Service Award, American Association of Teachers of Italian, 2014
  • T Joan E. Foley Quality of Student Experience Award, University of Toronto Alumni Association, University of Toronto, 2013
  • Certificate of merit for the promotion of the Italian language and culture by the Accademia della Crusca (the highest Italian language institution), 2013
  • “Ordine al Merito” by The Ontario Confederation of Sicily, March 3, 2007 
  • Nominated for the Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award, University of Toronto, 2007
  • Nominated for the UTM Teaching Award, 1999–2000 and 1993–94