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October 22, 2017

Prof. Rigoletto publishes an essay on queer visibility in contemporary Italian documentaries

Prof. Sergio Rigoletto has published an essay titled ‘Against the Telelological Preseumption: Notes on Queer Visibility in Contemporary Italian Film’ in The Italianist 37: 2, 2017. The essay is concerned with some of the problems involved in the task of narrating the queer self. At a time in which positive queer representations have become increasingly common in Italian cinema and other media, it is worth asking what conditions underpin the present regime of queer visibility and what alternative queer experiences have been either obscured or marginalized. The first half of the essay explores the recent popularity of the coming out narrative in the Italian context. The essay asks what epistemological assumptions underlie the metaphor of coming out and how such assumptions have come to affect the terms under which queerness appears now visible in Italian cinema and other media. The second section of the essay focuses on several recent Italian documentaries including La bocca del lupo (Marcello: 2009), Felice chi è diverso (Amelio: 2013) and Le coccinelle. Sceneggiata transessuale (Pirelli: 2011). The essay shows the complex ways in which these films deploy their dissident strategies of queer self-revelation and configurations of social legibility.

 

Le coccinelle. Transsexual Melodrama  (Pirelli: 2011)

March 20, 2011

Armianu publishes study on literary heritage of Cocteau films

How much has the new art of cinematography inherited from other artistic expressions, especially from literature? In December 2010 Visiting Professor of French Irina Armianu published a paper titled “Jean Cocteau, the movie maker: esthetics at the crossroads of literature and visual arts” in Studia Dramatica: theatre, film, media (LV, 2, 2010), a publication of the University Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

A poet and a movie director, Jean Cocteau brilliantly manifested surrealist inspiration in his poetry, in the performative art of his theatrical representation, and in his cinematography. This article seeks to provide new and interdisciplinary insight into precisely those ways in which film, as an artistic expression, is intimately related to literature.

Jean Cocteau



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