Professor Guido Bonsaver

Fellow and Tutor in Italian, Professor of Italian Cultural History

Teaching activities

20th century Italian literature,cinema and history.

Special Subjects Taught

Italian Culture during the Fascist Period. Narratives of National Identity in Postwar Italy.

College & university roles and committees

Fellow and Tutor in Italian.

Curator of Art

Co-ordinator of the Socrates exchange programme with the University of Siena


Chairman of the Italian Sub-Faculty, Oxford University.

College Lecturer in Italian at Merton, Queen's and Wadham.

Member of the Editorial Board of Italian Studies.

Member of the Advisory Council of the Institute of Romance Languages, School of Advanced Studies, London.

Member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Italian Studies.

Research interests

20th century Italian culture: particularly interested in the relationship between political history and narrative (both literature and cinema). Currently working on a biography of Gaetano Pilati (1881-1925), on censorship during the Fascist regime and on immigration in contemporary Italian cinema. Humanities Co-ordinator for the interdisciplinary nextwork "Italian Studies at Oxford": . Writes on Italian cinema for "Sight & Sound" (BFI).


Il mondo scritto: Forme e ideologia nella narrativa di Italo Calvino (Turin, 1995)

Elio Vittorini: The Writer and the Written (Leeds, 2000)

Editor, with R. Gordon, Culture, Censorship and the State in 20th Century Italy (Oxford, 2005)

Censorship and Literature in Fascist Italy (Toronto, 2007)

Kaos: Luigi Pirandello e i fratelli Taviani (Palermo, forthcoming 2007)