Chiara Benetollo is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Comparative Literature. Her main research interests are the relationship between literature and public discourses and the circulation of texts and ideas between the Soviet Union and Italy in Cold-War years.
Her dissertation focuses on pronatalist rhetoric and the relationship between medical community and political establishment in the Soviet Union and Italy following the end of the Second World War and into the late fifties. The dissertation inquires into the reasons why the Church, the Communist Party and the Soviet government concurred in supporting methods to fight delivery pain, in celebrating large families and in condemning neo-Malthusian theories. More importantly, it discusses the role these elements assumed in conflicting rhetorical and ideological frameworks by analyzing different ‘languages of pronatalism’, which not only framed natality as a value, but also indicated its relationship with other values within Soviet, Communist or Catholic rhetoric and ideological frameworks.
Prior to joining the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton, Chiara earned her Master’s degree at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, with a thesis focused on the publishing house Giulio Einaudi Editore and its role in the circulation of Soviet Literature between 1945 and 1978.