Roberta Tabanelli


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001
Film Studies
20th Century Literature

Research Interests: 

Dr. Tabanelli’s research interests are in contemporary Italian cinema and literature, film studies, cultural studies, Neapolitan cinema and literature, transnational cinema, and posthuman theories. She has published a book on Neapolitan cinema, I ‘pori’ di Napoli. Il cinema di Mario Martone, Antonio Capuano e Pappi Corsicato (Longo Editore, 2011) and articles on a number of Italian contemporary writers and filmmakers, which have appeared in Annali d’Italianistica, Italian Culture, Italica, Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies, New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporay Film, Studies in European Cinema, as well as in various volumes and collections. She is also the author of a textbook for intermediate to advanced Italian composition courses, Scrivi bene! Writing Effectively in Italian (Farinelli, 2016) and co-author of the Film Study Program Bianco e nero (Edizioni Farinelli, 2013) and the Workbook and Lab Manual for Crescendo! 2nd  ed. (Thomson Heinle, 2007). Dr. Tabanelli is currently working on a book-length project on contemporary Italian transnational cinema. For this research, she was granted a Fellowship Residency by the Bogliasco Foundation.

Select Publications: 

Selected recent publications

  • “Transnational Memories: An Interview with Marco Bechis.” Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies 5.1, 2017: 83-92
  • “Authorial Visions: Saverio Costanzo’s Negotiation with Auteurism.” Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies 4.2, 2016: 211-229.
  • “Mario Martone.” In R. Capozzi, F. Nardi, D. Pietropaolo, D. Santeramo (eds.), XX Century Italian Playwrights. Rome: Universitalia Editrice, 2016. 564-581.
  • Blue-Haired Girl Mnemonic: Italian Sci-Fi Nirvana.g/s/i 2, 2015.
  • “The Violence of History in Marco Bechis’s Argentina.” New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 9.2-3, 2011: 127-146.
  • “An Unstable Body: The Cinema of Antonietta De Lillo.” Studies in European Cinema 8.2, 2011: 89-100.
  • “Al di là del corpo: la narrativa postumana di Laura Pugno.” Italian Culture 28.1, 2010: 3-20.
  • “Il cinema ‘privato’ di Saverio Costanzo.” In D. De Pau and S. Dubrovic (eds.), Zoom d’oltreoceano: istantanee sui registi italiani e sull’Italia. Manziana: Vecchiarelli, 2010. 335-351.