Book Series “Italian Frame” – Mimesis International
directed by Andrea Minuz and Christian Uva

“Italian Frame” is a new book series from Mimesis International devoted to the most original and outstanding research in the field of Italian studies, with a focus on film, media and visual culture.

This new English language series will host shorter publications (90-max.120 pages), in e-book format and limited print editions, dealing with the broad media context from the perspective of significant aspects of Italian culture and way of life.

The volumes will be particularly suited to case studies focussing on precise analysis and interpretation.

The series will cover the following topics:
• Studies of Italian cinema (films, genres, filmmakers, performers, audiences, industry)
• Italian visual culture (photography, design, fashion, architecture)
• History, identity and national culture (through the prism of film, television and other popular media).

“Italian Frame” aims to host writings by established and senior scholars, but also by up-and-coming researchers.

It is expected that the series will garner a high level of interest not only in the academic community (we expect individual volumes will be adopted as course textbooks) but also amongst a global audience of those passionate about Italian style, customs and culture.

Editorial Board:
Pierpaolo Antonello (University of Cambridge), Luca Caminati (Concordia University), Giulia Carluccio (Università di Torino), Francesco Casetti (Yale University), Roberto Cavallini (Yaşar University), Roberto De Gaetano (Università della Calabria), Giovanna De Luca (College of Charleston), Stephen Gundle (University of Warwick), Giancarlo Lombardi (City University of New York), Giacomo Manzoli (Università di Bologna), Millicent Marcus (Yale University), Nicoletta Marini-Maio (Dickinson College), Alan O’Leary (University of Leeds), Catherine O’Rawe (University of Bristol), Francesco Pitassio (Università di Udine), Veronica Pravadelli (Università Roma Tre), Dana Renga (Ohio State University), Paolo Russo (Oxford Brookes University), Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg (Brown University), Antonio Vitti (Indiana University), Vito Zagarrio (Università Roma Tre).

Italian frame

The battle of Algiers

The Battle of Algiers is a figure for liberation and it can still communicate a sense of euphoria to those who experience and study it. The purpose of this book is to account for this power in terms of the film’s complexity and ambivalence– in terms, that is, of the film’s ‘impure’ means. Building on a large body of scholarship, the book focuses on the key themes of location, address and temporality. What is the precise role of the city of Algiers in the film? What are the consequences of... Read more →

Catholicism and Cinema: Modernization and Modernity


This book investigates the Catholic Church’s film policy illuminating for the first time, by means of a systematic analysis, a vast body of documents preserved at the Vatican Secret Archives and at numerous Italian Catholic archives – some of them indexed and opened to scholars, like the Archivio Storico dell’Istituto Luigi Sturzo [Historical Archive of the Luigi Sturzo Institute] and the Archivio dell’Istituto per la storia dell’Azione Cattolica e del Movimento Cattolico in Italia Paolo VI [Archive of the Institute for the History of Catholic Action and the Catholic Movement... Read more →

Requiem for a nation. Religion and politics in post war italian cinema


The primary objective of this collection is to examine the ways in which religion, culture and politics converge in configuring the contradictions of post-war Italy’s cultural history, starting from the assumption that conducting a critical reflection on Italian postwar visual culture requires investigating the inevitable impact of Catholic religion on everyday life in its social, political and cultural dimensions. The volume takes advantage of the privileged position of cinema to explore and critique religion’s influence on the Italian cultural landscape. This edited anthology thus seeks to probe how religion is... Read more →

Political audiences. A reception history of early italian television


This book deals with the popular reception of early Italian television during the years of the socalled long “economic boom” (1954-1969). To do so, the author focuses on the Catholic and Communist audiences’ perception of the first TV programs. The investigation into these two main groups’ reception will be conducted through the analysis of all the TV references published in the readers’ columns of the two most popular rotocalchi of those years: the Catholic magazine Famiglia Cristiana and the Communist weekly Vie Nuove. Showing the collective discourse about television, made... Read more →

A very seductive body politic

This volume maps the multilayered narratives created in cinema on and around Silvio Berlusconi as a means of exploring the age of Berlusconismo. The analysis crosses chronological and generic boundaries, stretching back to the comedy Italian style, which foreshadows the symbolic meanings incarnated by Berlusconi before he actually entered the public stage. The book delineates a comprehensive cinematic corpus and focuses on a selection of narrative and documentary films, from the proto-Berlusconi everyman of La più bella serata della mia vita (The Most Wonderful Evening of My Life, 1972) by... Read more →

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