Beauty and the Beast (MLI3031)

15 credits

Italian cinema is internationally renowned for its emphasis on female beauty as the object of a male gaze. In this module we will look at how central female beauty was to postwar Italian cinema, before considering what the consequences of this particular emphasis are in present day Italian media culture. Are other kinds of femininity visible beyond the emphasis on a particular kind of beauty? What role does feminism play in the recent debate about the female body? And what of male beauty? How have rapidly changing attitudes towards beauty practices and sexuality changed our vision of gender on the Italian screen?