Turtas, Lia: Travel Grant - 2016-2017

College of Arts and Sciences
Romance Studies
Project Title: 
The Automaton of Italian Cinema: Towards a Reinterpretation of Humanism in the Age of the Cinematic Apparatus
Project Abstract: 
My research project calls into question the so-called ‘humanism’ of Italian cinema by means of a new emphasis on its technological dimension. Italian cinema, mainly identified by critics with Neorealism, is traditionally defined as humanist par excellence. If this is true, it cannot be disregarded that its message is conveyed through a most mechanical means of reproduction. I believe that the human dimension of cinema cannot be considered separately from its nonhuman counterpart. The goal of this project is therefore to make an original contribution towards a post-humanist history of Italian cinema. Being aware of the breadth of such a topic, I focus on three key Italian authors: Vincenzo Neri, Cesare Zavattini and Pier Paolo Pasolini.