Prof G Bonsaver

Guido Bonsaver, Ph.D. (University of Reading)
Professor of Italian Cultural History. Fellow of Pembroke College
also tutor at Merton, Queen’s, and Wadham College
 

Research

20th century Italian culture: particularly interested in the relationship between political history and narrative. Recently worked on censorship during the Fascist regime and on immigration in contemporary Italian cinema; currently working on the reciprocal influence of Italian and U.S. culture.

A video of Guido discussing his research in modern Italian culture is available at:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/research/humanities/humanities_video.html

 

Teaching

C19th to contemporary Italian history, literature and cinema.

Graduate Teaching

MSt in Medieval and Modern Languages. MSt in Film Aesthetics

Publications

Books:

Mussolini censore: Storie di letteratura, dissenso e ipocrisie (Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2013)

Vita e omicidio di Gaetano Pilati: 1881-1925 (Florence, Cesati, 2010)

Elio Vittorini: Letteratura in tensione (Florence, Cesati, 2008)

Censorship and Literature in Fascist Italy (Toronto University Press, 2007) -  American  Association of Italian Studies Book Prize for 2007

Kaos: Luigi Pirandello e i fratelli Taviani (Palermo, L’Epos, 2007)

Elio Vittorini: The Writer and the Written (Leeds, Northern Universities Press, 2000)

Il mondo scritto: Forme e ideologia nella narrativa di Italo Calvino (Turin, Tirrenia, 1995)

 

 Edited books:


With Brian Richardson and Giuseppe Stellardi, Cultural Reception, Translation and Transformation from Medieval to Modern Italy (Oxford, Legenda, 2017)

With Emma Bond and Federico Faloppa, Destination Italy: Representing Migration in Contemporary Media and Narrative (Oxford, Peter Lang, 2015)

With Martin McLaughlin and Franca Pellegrini, Sinergie narrative: Cinema e letteratura nell’Italia contemporanea (Florence, Cesati, 2008)

With Robert Gordon, Culture, Censorship and the State in 20th Century Italy (Oxford, Legenda, 2005)

 

 Chapters and articles:

‘ “Senti‘n po’, a Gregori Pècche…”: Shavelson’s It Started in Naples and Fellini’s La dolce vita between Italian and U.S. Culture’, in Bonsaver G., Richardson B. and Stellardi G. (eds) Cultural Reception, Translation and Transformation from Medieval to Modern Italy (Oxford, Legenda, 2017), pp. 331-351

 

‘De la censure politique à l’autocensure historique: le cas de la littérature italienne sous le fascisme’ in Laurent Martin (ed.), Les censures dans le monde, Presses Universitaires de Rennes: Rennes, 2016, pp. 1-13

‘Accented Voices in Contemporary Italian Cinema’, in Bond, Bonsaver and Faloppa (eds), “Destination Italy: Representing Migration in Contemporary Media and Narrative,: Oxford 2015, pp. 345-364

‘Censorship from the Fascist Period to the Present’, in P. Bondanella (ed.), “The Italian Cinema Handbook, Peter Lang, Palgrave: London, 2014, pp. 66-74

Moretti minimalista: La stanza del figlio’, in Vito Zagarrio (ed.), “Nanni Moretti: Lo sguardo morale, Marsilio: Venezia 2012, pp. 252-258

‘Romano Bilenchi e la fascistissima Firenze’, in Riem Natale and Csillaghy Andrea (eds.), “Un tremore di foglie”: Studi in ricordo di Anna Panicali, FEUU: Udine 2011, pp. 1-11

‘The aesthetics of documentary film-making and Giallo a Milano: An interview with film director Sergio Basso and sociologist Daniele Cologna’, The Italianist, 31.2 (2011), pp. 293-31

‘Themes and Challenges for Italian Film Studies’, The Italianist, 30.2 (2010), 287-289

‘Who’s Shooting Whom? Screening Immigration in Contemporary Italian Cinema’, in: L. Lepschy and A. Ledgeway (eds.): Into and Out of Italy: Lingua e cultura della migrazione italiana (Perugia, Guerra, 2010), 87-98

‘Fascism and the Italian Intelligentsia’’, in: R. Bosworth (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Fascism (Oxford University Press, 2009), 109-126

‘Conversazione in Sicilia e la censura fascista’, in: Il demone dell’anticipazione: Cultura, letteratura, editoria in Elio Vittorini (Milano: Fondazione Mondadori, 2009), 13-30

‘Cent`anni di Elio Vittorini’, La Rivista dei Libri, 19.3 (2009), 31-34

‘Elio Vittorini e i fertili fallimenti del dopoguerra’, in: R. Bertone (ed.), Un secolo con Vittorini (Turin: Trauben, 2009), 9-18

‘Dall’uomo al divo: Un’intervista con Paolo Sorrentino’, The Italianist, 29.2 (2009), 325-337

‘Mussolinijev fašizem, literarna cenzura in Vatikan (Mussolini’s Fascism, Literary Censorship and the Vatican)’, Primerjalna Književnost, 31.1 (2008), 43-54

‘Dalle novelle ai film: un’intervista con i fratelli Taviani’, in: La novella di Pirandello: Dramma film musica fumetto (Pesaro, 2007), 263-272

‘Vittore Branca e la fascistissima Firenze’, The Italianist, 26.2 (2006), 34-47

‘Raccontare “all’americana”: Io non ho paura tra autodiegesi letteraria e soggettiva cinematografica’, in: Bertoni R. (ed.) Narrativa italiana recente/Recent Italian Fiction (Turin, 2005), 53-73

‘Fascist Censorship on Literature and the Case of Elio Vittorini’, Modern Italy, 8.2 (2003), 165-186

‘‘Sconcertante ma accettabile’: il progetto Gulliver e la redazione italiana ‘, Riga, 21 (2003), 280-292

‘Città senza tempo: cronologia ‘debole’ e tracce benjaminiane in “Le città invisibili” di Italo Calvino’, Italianistica, 52 (2002), 48-69

‘The Egocentric Cassandra of the Left: Representations of Politics in the Films of Nanni Moretti’, The Italianist, 20-21 (2001-2002), 65-88

‘La carne, la morte e il chewing gum nella narrativa di Alessandro Baricco’, Nuova prosa, 27 (2000), 56-62

‘Calvino e l’ultimo Vittorini: Paternità e pratiche letterarie’, Proteo, 5 (1999), 35-44

‘Vittorini’s American Translations: Parallels, Borrowings and Betrayals ‘, Italian Studies, 53 (1998), 68-97

‘Calvino tra Budapest e Parigi (1956-1966) ‘, in: Italo Calvino: Le défi au labyrinthe (Caen, 1998), 45-60

‘Un Gran Lombardo sbarca a Milano: ‘Il negozio di stoffe’ (con un inedito di E. Vittorini)’, in: In amicizia. Essays in Honour of Giulio Lepschy (The Italianist, 1997), 45-65

‘Dialect, Culture and Politics: The Northern League(s)’, Journal of the Institute of Romance Studies, 4 (1996), 97-107

‘Cities of the Imagination: Traces of Italo Calvino in Jeanette Winterson’s Fiction’, The Italianist, 15 (1995), 208-226

‘Il menabò, Calvino and the Avanguardie: Some Observations on the Literary Debate in the Sixties’, Italian Studies, 50 (1995), 46-67

‘Il Calvino semiotico: dal romanzo naturalistico all opera come macrotesto’, The Italianist, 14 (1994), 160-194

‘George Orwell ai microfoni della B.B.C.’, Quaderni di lingua e letteratura, 15 (1990), 25-41

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