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Summary: Cinema and history; Italian cultural studies; Popular cinema; Terrorism in Italian cinema
Location: Michael Sadler 148
Director of Research and Innovation in School of Languages Cultures and Societies. I work on Italian cinema and cultural studies with Italian and the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures. I am developing a large project on Italian cinema and history.
cinema and history, popular cinema, cultural studies, terrorism and cinema, Italian cinema
The first study of the critically despised Italian Christmas film. Contains a variety of approaches to the genre, including an analysis in terms of the 'carnivalesque', the results of questionnaire about its consumption, and a long collage of interviews with fans, critics and filmmakers.
Tragedia all'italiana: Cinema e terrorismo tra Moro e memoria (Tissi: Angelica Editore, 2007)
Tragedia all'italiana: Italian Cinema and Italian Terrorisms 1970-2010 (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2011)
Tragedia all'italiana studies the representation of the terrorisms of the 1970s in Italian cinema. Examining a wide range of genres - from thrillers to sex movies to auteurist films - the study analyses the ways in which film has played a part in constructing Italian cultural memory of the so-called anni di piombo (years of lead). The more recent English publication is a substantially revised and updated version of the Italian version.
I edited the annual Film Issue of the journal The Italianist (founded with Millicent Marcus, Yale) between 2009 and 2013.
Imagining Terrorism: The Rhetoric and Representation of Political Violence in Italy, 1969-2006 (London: Legenda, 2009), with Pierpaolo Antonello (Cambridge)
Terrorism, Italian Style: Representations of Political Violence in Contemporary Italian Cinema (London: IGRS Books, 2012), with Ruth Glynn (Bristol) and Giancarlo Lombardi (CUNY)
'Thinking Italian Film', a dedicated issue of Italian Studies, 63: 2 (2008), with Catherine O'Rawe (Bristol)
Book Chapters and Journal Articles
'The Battle of Algiers at Fifty: End of Empire Cinema and the First Banlieue Film', Film Quarterly, 70: 2 (2016), 17-29
'Towards World Heritage Cinema (Starting from the Negative)', in Paul Cooke and Rob Stone (ends.), Screening European Heritage: Creating and Consuming History on Film (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), pp. 63-84
'Cinema in the Library', in Michèle Mendelssohn and Denis Flannery (eds.), Alan Hollinghurst: Writing Under the Influence (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016), pp. 141-55. A longer draft of this article is available here.
'Political/Popular Cinema', in Giancarlo Lombardi and Christian Uva (eds.), Italian Political Cinema: Public Life. Imaginary, and Identity in Contemporary Italian Film (Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang, 2016), pp. 107-118
'Mascolinità e bianchezza nel cinepanettone', in Gaia Giuliani (ed.), Il colore della nazione (Milan: Mondadori Education, 2015), pp. 76-91. A longer English version of this article is available here.
'Cinema, storia, Italia: appunti per una ricerca in espansione', Studi culturali, 7: 2 (2015), 265-284. The original English version of this article is available here.
'Of Shite and Time', The Italianist, 35: 2 (2015), 294-9
'Towards an Ecology of Cinema and History', The Italianist, 34: 2 (2014), 250-55
'Italian National Cinema: The Cinepanettone', in The Italian Cinema Book, edited by Peter Bondanella (London: BFI/Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp. 261-7
'Cinepanettone carnevalesco', in Neri Parenti: risate mostruosamente proibite, a cura di Gianluigi Ceccarelli e Lilia Ricci (Assisi: AmaRcorD, 2013), pp. 89-100
'Intellettuali e casalinghe in Colpire al cuore (Gianni Amelio, 1982)', in Immagini di piombo: cinema, storia e terrorismi in Europa, edited by Luca Peretti and Vanessa Roghi (Milan: Postmedia Books, 2014), pp. 33-43
'The Borders of the Homosocial in the Italian Christmas Comedy', La Tribune Internationale des Langues Vivantes, 56 (2013), 25-30
Introduction to 'The Politics of Italian Cinema: Genres, Modes and Scholarship. A Roundtable', The Italianist, 33:2 (2013), 237-9
'Contemporary Italian Film-goers and Their Critics', with catherine O'Rawe, in Watching Films: New Perspectives on Movie-going, Exhibition and Reception, ed. by Karina Averyard and Albert Moran (Bristol: Intellect, 2013), pp. 351-68
'In pieno fumetto': Bertolucci, Terrorism and the commedia all'italiana', in Terrorism, Italian Style: Representations of Political Violence in Contemporary Italian Cinema, ed. by Ruth Glynn, Giancarlo Lombardi and Alan O'Leary (London: IGRS Books, 2012), pp. 45-62
'Introduction: Terrorism, Italian Style', with Ruth Glynn and Giancarlo Lombardi, in Terrorism, Italian Style: Representations of Political Violence in Contemporary Italian Cinema, ed. by Ruth Glynn, Giancarlo Lombardi and Alan O'Leary (London: IGRS Books, 2012), pp. 13-25
'Locations of Moro: The Kidnap in the Cinema', Remembering Aldo Moro: the Cultural legacy of the 1978 Kidnapping and Murder, ed. by Ruth Glynn and Giancarlo Lombardi (Oxford: Legenda, 2012), pp. 151-70
'Moro, Brescia, Conspiracy: the Paranoid Style in Italian Cinema', in Imagining Terrorism: The Rhetoric and Representation of Political Violence in Italy, 1969-2009, ed. by Pierpaolo Antonello and Alan O'Leary (London: Legenda, 2009), pp. 48-62
'Violence and the wretched: The Cinema of Gillo Pontecorvo', with Neelam Srivastava (Newcastle), The Italianist, 29: 2 (2009), 249-64
'Marco Tullio Giordana, or the Persistence of "impegno"', In Postmodern Impegno: Ethics and Commitment in Contemporary Italian Culture, ed. by Pierpaolo Antonello and Florian Mussgnug (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009), pp. 213-32. Previously published in in Intellettuali italiani del secondo Novecento, ed. by Angela Barwig and Thomas Stauder (Oldenbourg: Verlag für deutsch-italienische Studien, 2007), pp. 481-502.
'Film and the 'Anni di piombo': Representations of Politically-Motivated Violence in Recent Italian Cinema', in Culture, Censorship and the State in Twentieth-Century Italy, ed. by Guido Bonsaver and Robert S. C. Gordon (Oxford: Legenda, 2005), pp. 168-78
Reviews and short pieces
Un nuovo cinema politico italiano? Vol I: Lavoro, migrazione, relazioni di genere, ed. by Luciana d'Arcangeli, William Hope and Silvana Serra (2013), Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, 4:3 (2006), 476-7
DA ERCOLE A FANTOZZI: CINEMA POPOLARE E SOCIETÀ ITALIANA DAL BOOM ECONOMICO ALLA NEOTELEVISIONE (1958-1976), by Giacomo Manzoli (2012), Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, 3: 1,2 (2015), 216-7
Brutal Humanism. Review of Letizia Battaglia: Breaking the Code Of Silence, photographic exhibition at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 22 February-4 May 2014, forthcoming in Source: the Photographic Review, 78 (Spring 2014), 54-5
Cinema, by Alain Badiou (Cambridge: Polity, 2013), in Badiou Studies, 3: 1 (2014), 289-95
Sinergie narrative: cinema e letteratura nell'Italia contemporanea, ed. by Guido Bonsaver, Martin McLaughlin and Franca Pellegrini (Florence: Cesati, 2008), in Modern Language Review, 106: 4 (2011), 1172-4
InterviewsInterview with Matthew Monagle on the Italian cop film (the poliziesco/poliziottesco), Paracinema, 21 June 2014
The cinepanettone and Italian Cinema Studies: a conversation with Alan OLeary and Catherine ORawe, one of four pieces on the Italian Christmas film published on the Reading Italian Studies postgraduate forum 'ReadingItaly
'Non disprezzate i cinepanettoni, sono un fenomeno.' Interview with Sergio Caroli. Giornale di Brescia, 1 May 2013
'Film di piombo', with Luca Peretti, Alias, 3 September 2011, ix
Websites and Blogs
Italian Cinemas/Italian Histories. This is a project I'm developing with partners from other universities. The goal is to rethink the relationship of Italian cinema to the history of Italy from a descriptive and analytical rather than prescriptive and paternalistic perspective. The website contains a blog and other resources like interviews and event reports.
Progetto cinepanettone. This is my research blog for the project 'Holiday Pictures: Ritual, Genre, and Italian National Cinema' on the series of films released in Italy every December and colloquially referred to as 'cinepanettoni' ('film-Christmas-cakes'). The project is now complete and the blog is being updated only occasionally.
Italian Cinemas/Italian Histories (Mumbai). This blog is a record of two courses I taught at the University of Mumbai in the summers of 2011 and 2013, and it will lead into a record of the project of the same name.
Conference and Seminar Organisation
'Film and History' seminar series at Leeds 2013-14 convened with Chris Homewood
'"CineRoma", An International Graduate Summer Seminar on the Cinema and the City', Rome, 11-28 June 2012, convened with Zyg Baranski (Notre Dame) and Robert gordon (Cambridge)
'Defining Cultural Studies in a Modern Languages Context', symposium co-organized with Rachel Haworth, University of Leeds, 4 November 2011
'Poor text/ rich context? Approaches to popular film and television', symposium at University of Leeds, 25 June 2009
'National, Transnational, Cosmopolitan: The Locations of World Cinemas', Centre for World Cinemas (Leeds) virtual seminar series in association with the World Universities Network, 2008-09
'Memories of 1968: International Perspectives', 17-18 April 2008
'Thinking Italian Film', Seminar Series 2006-07, convened with Catherine O'Rawe
'La Violenza Illustrata: The Rhetoric and Representation of Political Violence in Italy from 1968 to the Present', Cambridge, 19-20 November 2004
Cambridge University Film Seminar (2004-05), founded and convened with Isabelle McNeill
Graduate Film Seminar, 'Film and the City' (2002-03), Cambridge, Faculty of Modern Languages, convened with Emma Wilson
I teach cinema, history, cultural studies and translation at undergraduate and graduate levels, and received a Faculty of Arts Teaching Prize for designing a film studies pathway through the Italian degree.
I supervise research on Italian cinema and modern culture.