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Ms Eleonora Sammartino

Research interests

  • American Film Musical and Musical Theatre
  • Feminist Film Theory
  • Postfeminism and Media
  • Queer Theory
  • Star Studies
  • Contemporary Silent Cinema
  • Italian Cinema

Biographical details

Eleonora has graduated with a B.A. and M.A. in Film Studies from La Sapienza University in Rome. Her B.A. dissertation, titled The American Film Musical After 9/11, focused on the rebirth of the American musical genre after 9/11, exploring the connections between film industry and the socio-cultural context through the themes and forms of the films analysed.

For her M.A. dissertation, Beyond Genre/Genre: Trends in Contemporary Spanish Horror Cinema, she turned to another popular genre, concentrating on the development of the horror film in Spain in the last 20 years. Her thesis addressed the role of women, in particular mothers, in the genre through the analysis of 3 main case studies, employing feminist film theory and Lacanian psychoanalysis. During her M.A., she has also published essays in Italian on American film musical, and contemporary silent cinema.

Her PhD research brings together her interests in American film musical and gender theory, focusing on the interdependence between the forms of the genre and the representation of new subjectivities and gendered identity (masculine, feminine, queer) in it. The research tries to demonstrate how these new subjectivities negotiate their gendered identity through a performance that gestures to a fluidity between gender positions, favouring a cross-gender identification for the audience, and changing and reworking the classical forms of the genre. A more traditional textual analysis, based on postfeminist and queer theories, is complemented by ehtnographic research conducted through an online audience survey.

 

Contacts:

E-mail: eleonora.sammartino@kcl.ac.uk

Twitter: @e_sammartino987

 

Participation in workshop, seminar, course

CLASH Training - Public Engagement

Sammartino, E. (Participant)
1 Nov 201430 Apr 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Participation in conference

5th Annual BAFTSS Conference

Sammartino, E. (Speaker)
20 Apr 201721 Apr 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

SCMS

Sammartino, E. (Speaker)
22 Mar 201726 Mar 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

‘Putting It Together’: Investigating Sources for Musical Theatre Research

Sammartino, E. (Speaker)
10 May 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

4th Annual BAFTSS Conference

Sammartino, E. (Speaker)
15 Apr 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

84th Anglo-American Conference of Historians

Sammartino, E. (Speaker)
3 Jul 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Film Studies Annual Work-in-Progress Conference

Sammartino, E. (Organiser)
6 May 20158 May 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

3rd Annual BAFTSS Conference

Sammartino, E. (Speaker)
17 Apr 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

American Identity

Sammartino, E. (Speaker)
12 Jun 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Types of External academic engagement - Research and Teaching at External Organisation

Il Cinema Italiano: An Introduction to Italian Cinema for A-Level Italian Students

Sammartino, E. (Speaker)
3 Nov 2016

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Research and Teaching at External Organisation

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