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Dr Guido Bonsaver

BA Verona, MA Oxf, PhD R'dg


C19th to contemporary Italian history, literature and cinema.

Graduate Teaching: MSt in Medieval and Modern Languages. MSt in Film Aesthetics


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

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



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)