This collection of articles arises out of the international conference `Italy on Screen', held at the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, London, in February 2007. This volume assembles work on different aspects of the relationships between Italy and film, and confirms the variety of approaches which contemporary students are able to bring to this field. These essays display the reach of Italian cinema into fresh areas of film studies, as well as gender studies, theology, cultural studies and comparative literature. Through these explorations, new perspectives emerge on the historical and contemporary relationships between Italy and cinema, including rural landscapes and indigenous people, but also Catholicism and perspectives of non-Italians. This volume thus constitutes a platform for scholars and devotees of Italian cinema to share their original and non-standard work, incorporating some classic texts and filmmakers but also branching out to offer thought-provoking new perspectives.
Lucy Bolton was awarded her Ph.D. at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) in 2009, where she also teaches in the Film Studies department. She is the author of several articles and book chapters on philosophy and film, and the forthcoming monograph Film and Female Consciousness. Christina Siggers Manson was awarded her Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of Kent. Her thesis was entitled `Donna in guerra, uomo in crisi: Familial Roles and Patriarchal Legacies in Dacia Maraini and Natalia Ginzburg'. She teaches part-time in the Italian section at the University of Kent. She is currently researching the role of the Internet in language acquisition at primary level.
Contents: Geoffrey Nowell-Smith: Foreword - Lucy Bolton: Introduction - Cristiana Furlan: Italy and Lamerica: The Road of Remembrance - Sergio Rigoletto: The Italian-Style Comedy of the Economic Miracle: L'italiano medio and Strategies of Gender Exclusion - Eleanor Andrews: Family Life, Moretti Style - Tim Cawkwell: The Catholic Church in Il Bidone: Salvation or Swindle? - Erminia Passananti: Pasolini's Deconstruction and Reformulation of Italian Catholic Identity in La ricotta - Daniela Treveri Gennari: Forbidden Pleasures: Voyeurism, Showgirls and Catholicism in Postwar Cinema in Italy - Raffaella Antinucci: Italian (Re)settings in British Cinema: Mike Barker's A Good Woman - Maria Serena Marchesi: The Duke's Versace Sunglasses: Catholic Piety and Italian Otherness in Alex Cox's Revengers Tragedy - Emanuele D'Onofrio: Seeking a `Chance for a Reawakening': the 1970s in New Italian Cinema - Maria Bonaria Urban: Cities and Landscapes: Physical Spaces and Topoi of Identity in Films by Giuseppe Tornatore and Carlo Mazzacurati - Paolo Russo: Body vs. Technology? Myths and Identity in Gabriele Salvatores's Nirvana - Pauline Small: Italy on Screen and Italian Film Studies.