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New Visions of the Child in Italian Cinema


Danielle Hipkins and Roger Pitt

The figure of the child has long been a mainstay of Italian cinema, conventionally interpreted as a witness of adult shortcomings, a vessel of innocence, hope and renewal, or an avatar of nostalgia for the (cinematic) past. New Visions of the Child in Italian Cinema challenges these settled categories of interpretation and reconsiders the Italian canon as it relates to the child. The book draws on a growing body of new work in the history and theory of children on film and is the first volume to bring together and to apply some of these new approaches to Italian cinema. Chapters in the book address aspects of industry and spectatorship and the varied film psychology of infancy, childhood and adolescence, as well as genres as diverse as silent cinema, contemporary teen movies, melodrama and film ethnography. The contributors engage with a wide range of modes and theories including neorealism, auteurism and contemporary postfeminism. The book maps out new roles for gender, the transnational, loss and mourning, and filmmaking itself, leading to a revised understanding of the child in Italian cinema.
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LOUIS BAYMAN is an Early Career Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. His main research interests are popular cinema, Italian cinema, aesthetics and melodrama studies. His monograph The Operatic and the Everyday in Postwar Italian Film Melodrama is forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press and he is planning a new research project on theatricality and the cinema. He co-edited the collection Popular Italian Cinema (2013) and has co-edited books on Italian and Brazilian cinema for Intellect Press. He has published various articles on Italian cinema, comedy, melodrama, realism and serial killer cinema.

LESLEY CALDWELL is a psychoanalyst in private practice and Honorary Reader in the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London, where she teaches and supervises on the master’s and doctoral programmes and organizes the interdisciplinary programme. She is also Honorary Senior Research Associate in the Department of Italian where she co-organizes the Rome lecture series with Dorigen Caldwell. Her current research interests continue to focus on the city of Rome and on developments in Italian psychoanalysis. With Helen Taylor Robinson she is general editor of the Collected Writings of Donald Winnicott. Her publications include: Rome: Continuing Encounters Between Past and Present (co-edited with D. Caldwell, 2011); editor, with Francesco Capello, of the special issue of the Journal Romance Studies ‘Psychoanalysis and Italian Studies’ (2010); and ‘Family Matters’ and ‘Psychoanalysis in the Italian Speaking World’ in Vicissisitudes: Histories and Destinies of Psychoanalysis edited by Sharon Kivland and Naomi Segal (2013).

GÁBOR GERGELY is a Leverhulme Early...

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