Mafia in the Movies will be Discussed in Upcoming Guest Lecture at Baylor University

Oct. 26, 2012
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Contact: Terry Goodrich, Assistant Director of Media Communications, (254) 710-3321

WACO, Texas (Oct. 26, 2012) - Dana Renga, Ph.D., a professor of Italian at The Ohio State University, will be hosted by the department of modern foreign language in the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor University. Her lecture "Marketing the Mob: From the Corleonesi to the Camorra" will be given at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Room 116 in Draper Academic Building, 1420 S. Seventh Street.

Renga is an authority on Italian film and cultural studies of Italy since the 20th century. Her research interests include Mafia movies, Italian fascism and relations with Nazi Germany, and representation of terrorism. Her edited volume Mafia Movies: A Reader was published in 2011, and she recently finished the manuscript for a book titled Unfinished Business: Screening the Italian Mafia in the New Millennium. She also is co-authoring a new book called A Long Holiday: Internal Exile in Fascist Italy.

Guests who attend "will gain an understanding of differences between Italian and Italian-American Mafias as they come off in the cinema, and they will understand the history and function of the Italian Mafia as the organization appears in a selection of more recent Italian films," Renga said. "We will also think about how the image of the Mafioso is produced in popular media and how both real and fictional Mafiosi model their own behavior on film icons such as Don Vito Corleone, Salvatore Giuliano, Tony Montana and Raffaele Cutolo."

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will be held afterward in Room 109 of Old Main, 1411 S. Fifth St. For more information, call 254-710-3711.

by Brent Salter, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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