Author's School

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Author's Department/Program

Germanic Languages and Literatures


German (de)

Date of Award

January 2010

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Chair and Committee

Lutz Koepnick


The project analyzes how popular Italian genres offered an Italian mass audience a collective process of dealing with the fascist past. Paying special attention to the representation of national socialism, the popularity of these Italian genres in Germany is discussed in terms of offering also a German audience a highly alienated but challenging confrontation with the national socialist past. Making genre theory productive for cultural studies, the main focus of the analytical method is the importance of serial production, cultural hybridity and genre hybridity for this discourse. The following genres are discussed: peplum, gothic horror, italowestern, giallo, poliziesco, and nazi exploitation.


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