Italian Cinema

Gender and Genre

  • Maggie Günsberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Maggie Günsberg
    Pages 1-18
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 215-233

About this book


Maggie Günsberg examines popular genre cinema in Italy during the 1950s and 1960s, focussing on melodrama, commedia all'italiana , peplum, horror and the spaghetti western. These genres are explored from a gender standpoint which takes into account the historical and socio-economic context of cinematic production and consumption. An interdisciplinary feminist approach informed by current film theory and other perspectives (psychoanalytic, materialist, deconstructive), leads to the analysis of genre-specific representations of femininity and masculinity as constructed by the formal properties of film.


cinema film gender

Authors and affiliations

  • Maggie Günsberg
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK

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