Sergio Rigoletto

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  • Title: Associate Professor of Italian and Cinema Studies
  • 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 acting, global television and many aspects of Italian cinema. He is the author of Masculinity and Italian Cinema: Sexual Politics, Social Conflict and Male Crisis in the 1970s (Edinburgh University Press: 2014) and has co-edited a book entitled Popular Italian Cinema (Palgrave: 2013). He’s currently working on two book projects: a monograph on film star Anna Magnani and a volume on the the queer media cultures of the Mediterranean.

Selected essays:

• 'Anna Magnani in The Golden Coach' in Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens (Eds.), Great Cinematic Performances: International, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2018, pp. 115-127.

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

• ‘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. 117-132.

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

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