Lydia Tuan

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Graduate School Student

I am a PhD student in the combined program in Italian and Film & Media Studies. My interests are mainly in moving images and interactive forms of visual representation, though I also share secondary interests in literature, particularly migrant literature written in the Italian language. I have worked on style and form in contemporary Italian cinema, specifically on the films of Michelangelo Frammartino and Paolo Sorrentino. At Yale, I plan to explore topics in postcolonial Italy, African migration and Italian national identity to look at how migrant identities and experiences have been represented in recent Italian films, art installations, interactive art and, more broadly, how they are received in contemporary Italian culture and mass media. My essays, book reviews and editorial writing have appeared in or are forthcoming in the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, an edited volume of Trajectories of Italian Cinema and Media, Annali d’Italianistica, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, Cinéma & Cie, and Il Chiasmo (on Treccani). Prior to joining the department in 2020, I studied at Berkeley, Cambridge and Padua, and I taught English as a lector at l’Université Paul-Valéry in Montpellier, France.