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Recent event:

 ‘Mafia, Masculinity, and (Male) Melodrama’


This presentation considers the ways in which the conventions of male melodrama shape the mafia movie, focusing in particular on the Italian box-office hit Romanzo criminale (Michele Placido, 2005). Melodramatic narratives, argues Prof. Renga, create sympathy for the mafia film's brooding anti-hero - a sympathy that is increased when these characters are played by the likes of Italian film idols Kim Rossi Stuart and Riccardo Scamarcio. As we will see, in the words of Janet Staiger, “the fascination with fallen men continues unabated,” and sheds insight into how in the film the collective trauma of domestic Italian terrorism and the latent trauma of the Italian mafia is translated as a language belonging not to the victim, but to the perpetrator whose deaths we mourn and whose transgressions we forgive.


A talk by Professor Dana Renga (Associate Professor of Italian and Film, The Ohio State University)

For additional information please contact:

Dr. Danielle Hipkins at .



Monday, October 6, 2014


4:30pm - 8:00pm


Modern Languages and Literatures Village, UNH Suite 3900