Professor Stephen Gundle
Professor of Film and Television Studies
Department of Film and Television Studies
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL UK
Tel: +44 24 7652 8435
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Stephen Gundle’s research interests are in nineteenth and twentieth century cultural history. He has recently completed two books on the origins and development of the idea of glamour in Europe and the United States (The Glamour System, published in 2006, and Glamour: A History, published in 2008). His primary expertise is in Italian cultural history, with special emphasis on cinema and television. He has published many articles and several books exploring the links between the mass media, the political sphere and national culture in Italy. He recently directed a large-scale AHRC project entitled ‘The Cult of the Duce: Mussolini and the Italians, 1918-2005’.
He has been Visiting Professor at the Institut d’Études Politiques, Paris, the Université de Paris X, the Université de Paris II and at the Università degli Studi di Sassari, Sardinia.
I comunisti italiani tra Hollywood e Mosca: la sfida della cultura di massa, 1943-1991 (Florence: Giunti, 1995); English edition (revised and abridged): Between Hollywood and Moscow: The Italian Communists and the Challenge of Mass Culture, 1943-91 (Durham,
Bellissima: Feminine Beauty and the Idea of Italy (New Haven and London; Yale University Press, 2007); Italian edition: Figure
Glamour: A History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)
Death and the Dolce Vita: The Dark Side of Rome in the 1950s (London: Canongate, 2011)
The Glamour System (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006) with Clino T. Castelli
Mass Culture and Italian Society from Fascism to the Cold War (Bloomington,
The New Italian Republic: From the Fall of the
Charisma and the Cult of Personality in Modern Italy, special issue of Modern Italy, 3:2, 1998, with Lucy Riall
Assassinations and Murder in Modern Italy: Transformations in Society and Culture (
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Stephen Gundle teaches film history, and Italian cinema. He supervises PhDs in the following areas: twentieth century media and society, Italian history and media, topics relating to the history of glamour.