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Professor Stephen Gundle

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Professor of Film & Television Studies
Director of Graduate Studies

Tel: +44 2476 528435
Email: S dot Gundle at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room A0.18
Millburn House
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7HS


Stephen Gundle holds degrees from the University of Liverpool, the State University of New York and the University of Cambridge. He held academic positions at Cambridge, Nottingham, Oxford and London before moving to Warwick in 2008. He has been visiting professor at the Université de Paris II and X and at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris.

Research interests

My research interests lie in the fields of film and cultural and political history with a special emphasis on Italian cinema and other media. I have written about the Italian star system and relations between the media, politics and consumption from Fascism to the present. Recently, I directed a large AHRC research project on the personality cult of Benito Mussolini. I have also written two books about the history of glamour in Europe and the United States. I am currently working on the postwar Italian film industry and issues of feminine beauty and national identity in Europe.

Selected Publications


  • Mussolini’s Dream Factory: Film Stardom in Fascist Italy (Berghahn Books, 2013)
  • The Cult of the Duce: Mussolini and the Italians (co-edited; Manchester University Press, 2013)
  • Death and the Dolce Vita: The Dark Side of Rome in the 1950s (Canongate, 2011)
  • Against Mussolini: Art and the Fall of a Dictator (co-edited exhibition catalogue; Estorick Collection of Modern Art, 2010)
  • Glamour: A History (Oxford University Press, 2008)
  • Bellissima: Feminine Beauty and the Idea of Italy (Yale University Press, 2007)
  • Mass Culture and Italian Society from Fascism to the Present (co-authored; Indiana University Press, 2007)
  • Assassinations and Murder in Modern Italy: Transformations in Society and Culture (co-edited; Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)
  • The Glamour System (co-authored; Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)
  • Between Hollywood and Moscow: The Italian Communists and the Challenge of Mass Culture, 1943-1991 (Duke University Press, 2000)
  • The New Italian Republic: From the Fall of the Berlin Wall to Berlusconi (co-edited; Routledge, 1995)


  • ‘Berlusconi, Sex and the Avoidance of a Media Scandal’ in Marco Giuliani and Erik Jones (eds), Italian Politics: Managing Uncertainty, Berghahn Books, 2010, pp.59-75.
  • ‘Alida Valli in Hollywood: From Star of Fascist Cinema to “Selznick Siren”’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 32:4, 2012, 559-87
  • ‘Playing the Dictator: Re-enactments of Mussolini in Film and Television’, Modern Italy, 18:1, 2013, 177-95
  • ‘Neorealism and Left-Wing Culture’ in Peter Bondanella (ed.), The Italian Cinema Book, BFI-Palgrave Macmillan 2013, pp.77-83

For a full list of publications and conference papers, click on tab at top of page

Teaching and supervision

I teach international film history, focussing on cinema’s relations with democracy and dictatorship, stardom and glamour, and Italian cinema and culture.

In 2015-16 I am teaching Film History: Basic Issues and Methods, National Cinemas 1: Italian Cinema from Fascism to Neorealism, and an MA module: History and Memory in Italian Cinema.

I am especially interested in supervising postgraduate projects relating to European film industries, stars and stardom, and all aspects of Italian cinema and society.

Administrative roles

  • Director of Graduate Studies in Film and Television Studies
  • Dissertation coordinator

National roles and professional associations

  • Chair, Association for the Study of Modern Italy, 2009-2014
  • Member of editorial board, Modern Italy
  • Member of editorial advisory committee Memoria e ricerca, Officina della Storia, California Italian Studies
  • Member of scientific committee ATRIUM (Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes in Urban Management)



Undergraduate modules
FI106 Film History
FI204 National Cinema

Postgraduate modules

History and Memory in Italian Cinema