Cinema, stars, masculinity, history

9781137381460An imminent book by Catherine O’Rawe, Stars and Masculinities in Contemporary Italian Cinemadeals with male film and television stars, using methodology drawn from star and performance studies and analysing how star bodies make visible contemporary anxieties about Italian masculinity. The author does not restrict herself to a given type of film, but discusses a variety of genres, from the culturally privileged directors’ cinema to critically derided teen comedies. In an interview with Alan O’Leary she describes the intellectual and personal background to her work and outlines some key features of her book, including the relations between masculinity and history.

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