Allison Cooper

Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Cinema Studies

Teaching this semester

ITAL 3077 / CINE 3077. Divas, Stardom, and Celebrity in Modern Italy

Allison Cooper
Before there was Beyoncé there was Borelli; before Clooney there was Mastroianni. Deriving from Italian opera, silent film, and Catholic culture, the diva and her male counterpart, the divo, are performers who know how to stamp any character they play with their own indelible images. Examines how those images are constructed, transmitted, and received from the late nineteenth century to the present day, with special attention to the evolution of Italian screen culture from silent film through to contemporary digital media. Explores how the diva/divo helps to define Italian cinema and television in relation to modern ideologies of celebrity culture and globalization. Conducted in Italian.

Professor Cooper has published on contemporary Italian cinema and Italian modernism, including articles on the films Certi bambini and Romanzo criminale as well as on early-twentieth century poets and writers such as Giuseppe Ungaretti and Paola Masino. She is currently at work on Modern Rome between the Sacred and the Profane, a book-length analysis of filmic representations of Rome and their treatment of the city’s dual identity as capital of the Catholic Church and capital of the Italian state.

Education

  • Ph.D., Italian, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., Italian, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A., English, Knox College

Publications

 

Mafia Movies: A Reader. Ed. Dana Renga. Toronto:  University of Toronto Press, 2011

Mafia Movies: A Reader. Ed. Dana Renga. Toronto:  University of Toronto Press, 2011

"Italy's Other Mafias in Italian Film and Television: A Roundtable." In The Italianist. Ed. Alan O'Leary. 33.2 (2013): 190-235. A collaborative essay guest edited by Dana Renga and Allison Cooper examining representations of the Sacra Corona Unita, the 'Ndrangheta and the Banda della Magliana.

“Growing up Camorrista: Antonio and Andrea Frazzi’s Certi bambini.” In Mafia Movies: A Reader. Ed. Dana Renga. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011. Pp. 346 – 353.

“Gender, Identity, and the Return to Order in the Early Works of Paola Masino.” In Italian Modernism: Italian Culture Between Decadentism and Avant-Garde. Ed. Mario Moroni and Luca Somigli. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004. Pp. 379 – 399. 

Translation

Co-translator. Michelangelo Antonioni, The Architecture of Vision: Writings and Interviews on Cinema. Ed. Marga Cottino-Jones. New York: Marsilio Publishers, 1996. Reissued by University of Chicago Press, 2007. 

Publications in Progress



Book

Italian Modernism: Italian Culture Between  Decadentism and Avant-Garde. Ed. Mario Moroni and Luca Somigli. Toronto: University of  Toronto Press, 2004Modern Rome between the Sacred and the Profane, an exploration of modern representations of the Eternal City within a broader framework of the dichotomy of the sacred and the profane