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BEd University of Toronto
MA University of Toronto
PhD University of Toronto

Anne Urbancic is the Mary Rowell Jackman Professor of Humanities at Victoria College. An award-winning instructor of language, culture and semiotics, her research interests focus on the Italian Tuscan author Mario Pratesi (1842-1921) and on the works of Annie Vivanti (1866-1942). Most recently she has also studied Italian foodways and cookbooks. She has published widely in North American and European journals. Among her publications are Reviewing Mario Pratesi: The Critical Press and its Influence (University of Toronto Press, 2014) Mario Pratesi’s lost manuscript, All’ombra dei cipressi (SEF, 2018) and Literary Titans Revisited (Dundurn Press, 2017). Together with Giuliana Sanguinetti Katz, she has translated three novels, and two plays.

Her interest in archiving and historiography has resulted in the online publication of the vast correspondence of Mario Pratesi whose letters and notebooks were found in Toronto and donated to E.J. Pratt Library. She is also a founding member of the Canadian Slovenian Historical Society and Archives. Her interest in how we practice the spaces of everyday life includes studies like the topic of today’s plenary; an earlier version of this study appears in the Proceedings of the 2023 Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery.

Selected Publications

  • Mario Pratesi: All’ombra dei cipressi. Florence: Società Editrice fiorentina, 2018.
  • Literary Titans Revisited. The Earle Toppings Interviews with CanLit Poets and Writers of the Sixties, edited by Anne Urbancic. Dundurn, 2017.
  • Reviewing Mario Pratesi. Toronto, Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 2014.
  • The Unpublished Correspondence of Mario Pratesi (1842-1921). E-publication under the aegis of Special Collections, E.J. Pratt Library, Victoria University in the University of Toronto, 2009.
  • Roselmina: A Tragi-satirical-comical Story... and Renaissance Recipe Primer” A Garland of Gifts: Studies in Honour of Olga Zorzi Pugliese, ed. Konrad Eisenbichler and Pasquale Sabbatino. Welland, ON: éditions Soleil publishing, 2021, 363-388.
  • “The Power of Laws and Lies in the Italian Fascist Kitchen” 2019 Proceedings of Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. Food & Power, edited by Mark McWilliams. Oxford: Prospect Books, 2020, 356-364.
  • “Changing Food Landscapes by the Slice. Vesuvio’s Pizzeria and Spaghetti House” Italian Foodways Worldwide. The Dispersal of Italian Cuisine(s), edited by Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano and Gabriele Scardellato. Welland, ON: éditions Soleil, 2019, 185-198.
  • “Olindo Guerrini” Literary Encyclopedia (Digital), London, UK. Posted October 2019.
  • “Niccolò Tommaseo” Literary Encyclopedia (Digital), London, UK. Posted June 2019.
  • Mario Pratesi” Literary Encyclopedia (Digital), London, UK. Posted January 2019.
  • “Annie Vivanti” Literary Encyclopedia (Digital), London, UK. Posted February 2019.
  • “Fratelli Ingegnoli: Reshaping the Landscape of Italian Cooking in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries” 2017 Proceedings of Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, edited by Mark McWilliams (Oxford, UK: Prospect Books, 2018)
  • “Place Settings: Food and Identity among the Italo-Slovenians of Toronto”
  • Gastronomy, Culture, and the Arts: A Scholarly Exchange of Epic Portions, Conference Proceedings. Mississauga, ON: UTM Library, 2017. New York, Ottawa, Toronto: Legas, 2017, 103-115.
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