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David Forgacs

Guido and Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò Chair in Contemporary Italian Studies; Professor of Italian ; Chair, Department of Italian Studies

Office Address: 

Casa 305



Areas of Research/Interest: 

Cultural history, media and politics in contemporary Italy; cinema and photography.

David Forgacs holds the endowed Guido and Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò Chair in Contemporary Italian Studies. He earned both his M.A. in English and his M.Phil. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Oxford (1975, 1977) and his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (1979). Previously, he taught at University College London, where he held the Panizzi Chair of Italian, established in 1828; before that he was at Royal Holloway University of London, where he was Reader in Film Studies, at University of Cambridge, where he was a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, and at University of Sussex.

Awards and honors:

Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia [x] (2005); Research Professor British School at Rome (2006–09); major research grants from Arts and Humanities Research Council (2001–5), Economic and Social Research Council (1991–94); Fellow of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, 1989-97; research awards from Nuffield Foundation (1988), British Academy (1987). Open Scholarship, Lincoln College Oxford (1971).

Authored / edited books:

FORGACSss0515.jpgMargini d'Italia. L'esclusione sociale dall'Unità a oggi. Rome and Bari: Laterza, 2015.

“a book destined to become a classic” (Marco Albeltaro, La Stampa, June 12 2015)
Other reviews in La Critica Sociologica 198, Summer 2016 (Franco Ferrarotti), Il manifesto Sept 27, 2015 (Claudio Vercelli), La Repubblica Aug 18, 2015 (Alberto Asor Rosa), L’Indice June 12, 2015 (Maddalena Carli), Internazionale May 31, 2015 (Giuliano Milani), etc

Italy’s Marg
italysmargins.gifins: Social Exclusion and Nation Formation since 1861. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
First prize winner of the AAIS Book Award competition, 20th and 21st Century category.

massculture.jpg Mass Culture and Italian Society from Fascism to the Cold War
(with Stephen Gundle), Indiana University Press, Bloomington and Indianapolis, 2007

gramscireader.jpg The Antonio Gramsci Reader: Selected Writings 1916-1935 (ed.). 2nd edition, New York: NYU Press, 2000.

romeopencity.jpg Rome Open City/Roma città aperta, London: BFI Publishing, 2000.

rossellini.jpgRoberto Rossellini, Magician of the Real
(ed. with Sarah Lutton and Geoffrey Nowell-Smith). London: BFI Publishing, 2000.

forgacslindustrializzaz.jpg L’industrializzazione della cultura italiana (1880-2000), 2nd edition revised, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2000 (original edition Italian Culture in the Industrial Era, 1880-1980: Cultural Industries, Politics and the Public, Manchester University Press, 1990).
italianculturalstudies.jpgItalian Cultural Studies: An Introduction (ed. with Robert Lumley). Oxford University Press, 1996.
rethinkingitalianfascism.jpg Rethinking Italian Fascism: Capitalism, Populism, Culture
(ed.), Lawrence and Wishart, London, 1986.

antoniogramsci.jpg Antonio Gramsci, Selections from Cultural Writings (ed. with Geoffrey Nowell-Smith). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1985.
 Cultura di massa e società italiana, 1936-1954 (with Stephen Gundle) Il Mulino, Bologna, 2007.massacopertina.jpg

Updated on 09/22/2016