Donato Santeramo

Donato Santeramo



Italian, LLCU

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Arts and Science


Kingston Hall 413

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* on leave January 01 - June 31, 2023
Associated with Cultural Studies

Research interest: 20th-century Italian theatre and literature, literary studies, semiotics


Ph.D. in Italian Studies, University of Toronto
“Laurea” in Lettere e filosofia, University of Rome La Sapienza


Donato Santeramo earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Rome, “La Sapienza” and his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. He is the Head of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Queen’s University and is cross appointed to the School of Drama and Music.  He is also associated with the Cultural Studies Graduate Program and holds an appointment at the Graduate School of the University of Rome II. He taught, from 2000 to 2013, at Middlebury College’s Summer School and at the Centre for the Study of Diaspora at the University of Calabria. He has published on Italian literature, theatre, film and Semiotics. His most recent publications are: M. Bertone, A. Nicaso and D. Santeramo, eds., Cahiers de narratologie, 36/2019 : Rhétorique et représentations de la culture mafieuse. Images, rituels, mythes et symboles, 2019; M. Gieri and D. Santeramo eds., XX-Century Italian Filmmakers, Universitalia 2019, 2 vols.); Il laboratorio teatrale pubblico di Edward Gordon Craig, (Sinestesie, 2018); Gavrilovich D., Pizza M. & Santeramo D. eds., Franca Rame: Una vita mille avventure, One Life: A Thousand Adventures, (Universitalia, 2017) and Capozzi, R, Nardi,F. Pietropaolo D. & Santeramo, D., Twentieth-Century Italian Playwrights, (Universitalia, 2016. 2 vols.). 

He has also translated and staged works of contemporary Italian playwrights and is on the Editorial Boards of several academic journals. He has also participated in several creative and artistic endeavors including the art exhibit Chromosomes (Rome 2008 and Lisbon 2009) and co-edited the book Red Cars – An Original Screenplay by David Cronenberg. In 2004 he was the recipient of the Queen’s Alumnae Teaching Award.


Prof. Santeramo teaches the following courses:

LLCU 200: Semiotics
LLCU 214: Mafia Culture
LLCU 215: Dante
LLCU 257: Pirandello's Theatre 
LLCU 295: Semiotics of the Arts