The Department of French and Italian

Italian Placement Testing on 08/28 in HRH 2.106B @ 1:30 pm

FIGSO presents: The Biopic, Spectacle, and Counter History

A talk by Professor Marcia Landy

Fri, March 29, 2013 | MEZ 1.306

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

FIGSO presents: The Biopic, Spectacle, and Counter History

Marcia Landy discusses the uses of autobiography and biography as fabulation in contemporary Italian cinema in her talk, “The Biopic, Spectacle, and Counter History,” to reconsider the employment of invention and documentation in the formal and conceptual treatment of history.

Marcia Landy is Distinguished Professor in English and Film Studies with a Secondary appointment in the French and Italian Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Her books include Fascism in Film: The Italian Commercial Cinema 1931-1943 (1986); British Genres: Cinema and Society, 1930-1960 (1991); Imitations of Life: A Reader on Film and Television Melodrama (1991); Film Politics, and Gramsci (1994); Queen Christina (1995): Cinematic Uses of the Past (1996); The Folklore of Consensus: Theatricality in Italian Cinema (1998); Italian Film (2000) The Historical Film History and Memory in Media (2000); Stars: The Film Reader  (2004); Monty Python’s Flying Circus (2005, translated into Japanese in (2007), and Stardom Italian Style,  Screen Performance and Personality in Italian Cinema (2008).  She is contracted to Indiana University Press for Cinema and Counter History. Her essays have appeared in Screen, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, boundary 2, Post Script, Rethinking Marxism, Cinema Journal and in many anthologies. She serves on the editorial boards of boundary 2, Italian Culture, Italian Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Intensities, and Arena Romanistica.


Sponsored by: FIGSO, Department of French and Italian, Program in Comparative Literature, the Humanities Institute, Center for European Studies, and the Harry Ransom Center

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Tavola Italiana

Informal Italian conversation practice Fridays 3-4pm at the Texas Union's Cactus Café. Open to all students of Italian. Contact Antonella Olson for more information.

Le Cercle français

Informal French conversation practice Fridays in the Texas Union's Cactus Café from 3-4pm. Open to all students of French. Contact Nancy Guilloteau for more information.


Italian Placement Testing 

Professor Antonella will be administering placement exams on Monday, August 28th in HRH 2.106B at 1:30 pm. If you are seeking to take an Italian Language Placement Test, please attend this session. Due to time constraints makeups are not guranteed.

Cineforum Italiano

Hosting Italian films with English subtitles every Thursdays at 8:00 pm in Mezes B0.306. 

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