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Dr Sergio Rigoletto

Teaching Fellow
My main areas of research are Gender and sexuality Studies, Italian Cinema, Stars Studies, Populare Culture, Television Studies and Queer Cinema. Recently, I have developed an interest in the intersection between sexuality, national identity and Europeanness in relation to the question of homonormativity.


  • masculinity and Italian Cinema: Sexual Politics and Social Conflict in the 1970's (Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming)
  • Popluar Italian Cinema (co-edited with Louis Bayman), Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, forthcoming (2012)

Journal articles

  • 'Contesting National Memory: Masculine Dilemmas and Oedipal Scenarios in Bernardo Bertolucci's Strategia del ragno and Il conformista', in Italian Studies, forthcoming (2012)
  • 'Sexual Dissidence and the Mainstream: the Queer Triangle in Ferzan Ozpetek's Le fate ignoranti', in The Italianist - Film Issue, 30:2, 2010, pp.202-218
  • 'Questioning Power Hierarchies: Michael Davidson and Literary Pederasty in Italy', in Studies in Social and Political Thought, 13, 2007, pp.49-65

Book contributions

  • Editor of the 'Political Cinema' section in Louis Bayman (Ed.), Directory of World Cinema: Italy, Intellect Books, Bristol, 2011
  • 'Italian-Style Comedy and l'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


  • PhD, University of Reading, 2010
  • MA in Gender, Culture and Politics, Birkbeck College, University of London, 2004
  • Laurea in Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Catania, 2002