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Mauro Resmini

Mauro Resmini headshot in front of a garden

Associate Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Associate Professor, Italian
Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Studies

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Research Expertise

Critical Theory
Film studies

Mauro Resmini (Ph.D., Italian Studies and Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, 2014) is associate professor of Cinema & Media Studies and Italian at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also serves as core faculty in Comparative Literature. He is the author of Italian Political Cinema: Figures of the Long '68 (University of Minnesota Press, 2023), and has published essays on Italian and European cinema and media, psychoanalysis, critical theory, and the relationship between cinema and politics. 


Italian Political Cinema: Figures of the Long '68 (University of Minnesota Press, 2023) - Available open access on Manifold

Steven Spielberg (Editrice Il Castoro, 2014) (in Italian)


  • “Periodizing Drama: Appunti su The Deuce,” in La grande Storia e il piccolo schermo, Andrea Bellavita, ed. (Milan: Mimesis, 2022) (in Italian).
  • “The Worker as Figure: On Elio Petri’s The Working Class Goes to Heaven,” Diacritics Vol. 46, No. 4 (2019).
  • “Asymmetries of Desire: Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom,” in The Unwatchable, Maggie Hennefeld et al., eds. (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2019).
  • “Obscurity, Anthologized: Non-Relation and Enjoyment in Love and Anger (1969),” in 1968 and Global Cinema, Christina Gerhardt and Sara Saljoughi, eds. (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2018).
  • “‘What Does It Mean to Be a Communist Today?’ Nanni Moretti’s Palombella rossa and La cosa as Essay Films,” in The Essay Film: Dialogue, Politics, Utopia, Caroline Eades and Elizabeth Papazian, eds. (New York: Wallflower – Columbia University Press, 2016).
  • “‘Il Senso dell’intreccio’: History, Totality, and Collective Agency in Romanzo Criminale,’ The Italianist Vol. 36, No. 2 (Fall 2016).
  • “Re-Framing the New French Extremity: Cinema, Theory, Mediation,” Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 90, Vol. 30, No. 3 (December 2015), 161-187.
  • “The Italian Turn. A Certain Tendency in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Aesthetics,” American Imago 70, No. 2 (Summer 2013), 271-297.


  • ITAL436/FILM441 Italian Cinema I
  • ITAL473/FILM431 Italian Cinema II
  • ITAL499J/FILM429J Terrorism and Political Violence in Italy
  • FILM245 Film Form and Culture
  • FILM302 History of Cinema: The Sound Era
  • FILM319D The Geopolitics of Contemporary Storytelling
  • FILM329R The Mafia: From Corleone to Hollywood
  • FILM369A Post-war Film Theory
  • CMLT679I/FREN699C/GERM689C/SLLC698C Comparative Media Studies