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Congratulations to Frank Burke on his new Book!

Franke's booklet   page two

As Veronica Pravadelli notes, “From 1945 to roughly 1970 no national cinema—not even French cinema—produced as many influential films and stylistic trends as did Italian cinema.” In fact, on the basis of its enormously influential silent cinema and the global impact of its neorealist and auteur cinema, Italian film stands as the second most important national cinema, after Hollywood, of the twentieth century. The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Italian Cinema seeks to elaborate on this, while re-mapping the field of Italian cinema studies from the point of view of the present. The Companion brings together 40 contributors, from Italy, the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, in a 600-page volume that covers every major aspect of the field. Including extensive essays from both established and more recent scholars, the Companion considers traditional areas of research such as neorealism, nationhood, auteur cinema, silent cinema, politics, Fascism, Catholicism, Southern Italy, terrorism, the mafia, and commedia all’italiana, while also encompassing feminism; queer, avant-garde, nonfiction, genre, and postcolonial cinema; stardom; immigration; modernist and postmodernist self-reflexivity; Deleuzian deterritorialization; transnationality; transmediality; ecocriticism; and digitalization.

Italianist historian and cultural critic Robert Lumley (University College London) has said of the Companion to Italian Cinema: “If you want to get up to speed on the latest and most significant research on Italian cinema, this is the place to start. The Companion provides overviews that orient the general reader and a rich mixed of focused studies for the specialist. It revisits familiar themes . . . but broadens the cultural context with the inclusion of work that subvert[s] critical hierarchies. The writing engages with current theoretical debates without jargon. Analyses of overlooked phenomena such as dubbing, the role of the Catholic Church, and art/experimental film open up unusual perspectives. A sharp editorial intelligence brings coherence to a multi-faceted volume rich in insight and information.”

Frank Burke is Professor Emeritus of Film and Media Studies at Queen’s University, Canada. He is author of Fellini’s Films: From Postwar to Postmodern (1996) and Federico Fellini: From Variety Lights to La Dolce Vita (1984), and co-editor with Marguerite Waller of Federico Fellini: Contemporary Perspectives (2002). He has produced over 100 written works, collected editions on Italian and North American cinema, keynote addresses, Criterion Collection audio commentaries, and invited lectures. He is currently editing the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Federico Fellini (with Marguerite Waller and Marita Gubareva).