Sergio Rigoletto

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  • Title: Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and Italian
  • Phone: 541-346-4033
  • Office: 424 Friendly Hall
  • Affiliated Departments: Comparative Literature Department, European Studies


PhD, University of Reading; MA, Birkbeck College, University of London; Laurea Quadriennale, University of Catania

Sergio Rigoletto has a joint appointment in the departments of Cinema Studies and Romance Languages. His research explores the relation between social change and media aesthetics (especially cinema and TV). He has written extensively on queer cinemas, film stardom & performance, international television, film costume, and many aspects of Italian cinema. He is the author of two monographs:

  • Masculinity and Italian Cinema: Sexual Politics, Social Conflict and Male Crisis in the 1970s (Edinburgh University Press: 2014)
  • Le norme traviate: Saggi sul genere e sulla sessualità nel cinema e nella televisione italiana (Meltemi: 2020)

He has co-edited a book entitled Popular Italian Cinema (Palgrave: 2013) and is currently working on two book projects: a monograph on actress Anna Magnani and a volume provisionally titled Queer from the South: Film, Video Art, and Media Activism in the Mediterranean.

Selected Essays

  • 'On Xavier Dolan's Musical Parentheses', New Review of Film and Television Studies, forthcoming.

  • ‘(Un)dressing Authenticity: Neorealist Stardom and Anna Magnani in the Post War (1945-1948)’, JICMS, 6:3, 2018, pp. 389-404.

  • 'Anna Magnani in The Golden Coach' in Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens (Eds.), Great Cinematic Performances: International, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2018, pp. 69-80.

  • ‘Against the Teleological Presumption: Notes on Queer Visibility in Contemporary Italian Film’ in The Italianist, 37:2, 2017, pp. 212-227.

  • ‘The Fair and the Museum: Framing the Popular’ (co-authored with Louis Bayman) in Louis Bayman and Sergio Rigoletto (Eds.), Popular Italian Cinema, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2013, pp. 9-48.

  • ‘Laughter and the “Popular” in Lina Wertmüller’s The Seduction of Mimì’ in Louis Bayman and Sergio Rigoletto (Eds.), Popular Italian Cinema, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2013, pp. 178-202.

  • ‘Country Cousins: Europeanness, Sexuality and Locality in Contemporary Italian Television’ (co-authored with Martin Dines) inModern Italy, 17:4, 2012, pp. 479-491.

  • ‘Political Cinema’, in Louis Bayman (Ed.), Directory of World Cinema: Italy, Intellect Books, Bristol, 2011, pp. 226-229.

  • ‘Sexual Dissidence and the Mainstream: the Queer Triangle in Ferzan Ozpetek’s The Ignorant Fairies’ in The Italianist, 30:2, 2010, pp. 202-218.

  • ‘Italian-Style Comedy andl’italiano medio: Strategies of Exclusion’ in Lucy Bolton and Christina Siggers Manson (Eds.),Italy on Screen: Italian Identity in the National Imaginary and International Symbolic, Peter Lang, London, 2010, pp. 35-49.

Professional Work / Film Criticism