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 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:
 

‘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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