Peter Naccarato has taught at Marymount Manhattan College since 1999. He hails from Philadelphia (the Tacony section of Northeast Philadelphia to be exact) and has lived on Long Island (he earned his Ph.D. from Stony Brook), Astoria, Forest Hills, and now lives in Manhattan. When not teaching or engaged in work related to his teaching, he is likely cooking (Italian food is his speciality), dining out, or watching MSNBC (or The Golden Girls or The Young and the Restless). Peter teaches a range of courses in the English & World Literatures major and the general education curriculum. He is the coordinator of the General Education program. Within the English and World Literatures major, he teaches courses on Global Modernism, The Literature of Empire, and Senior Seminar. He has also developed many general education courses, including LGBTQ Literary Traditions, Literature and Human Rights, Deconstructing the American Family, and Edible Ideologies: The Politics of Food. Peter also enjoys opportunities to teach in the College Honors Program and the College Program at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.
Serving currently as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
B.A., Villanova University
Ph.D., State University of New York, College at Stony Brook
Peter’s research interests are primarily in food studies. He has worked collaboratively with Katie LeBesco for several years and they have published and presented their work at many conferences. In recent years, some of Peter’s research has focused specifically on Italian and Italian-American food and culture. Overall, Peter loves engaging in research in areas that are deeply meaningful to him, namely his love of food and all things Italian.
In my Global Modernisms class, we explore the influence of modern art on the writers of the period. From Impressionism to Post-Impressionism, Cubism to Dadaism, modern artists had profound impact on the writers of the time. While we can read about this influence, there is nothing better than having my students visit the Museum of Modern Art to actually experience these masterpieces. I ask students to select several paintings and to think about how the techniques and goals of the visual artists parallel those of modernist writers. As students study these canvases, they experience the critical connections between the visual and the literary that are the hallmark of Modernism.