Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Emma Morton

PhD Candidate, Department of Film & Television Studies


I hold a BA in Film and Media and an MA in World Cinema both from Birkbeck College, University of London. My MA dissertation, ‘An examination of Italian nationalism from gli anni d’oro to Fascism,’ explored the role of cinema in the growth of Italian nationalism in the periods just prior to WW1 and WW2. This work partially forms the basis my PhD, which I began in October 2017.

My research interests include, Italian cinema, early cinema, and gender studies.


My PhD thesis, Cinematic Representations of Racial and National Identity in Early Italian Cinema, 1905-1914”, examines the representation of people considered peripheral to the core of Italian society on film from 1905-1914, how the social discourse is subverted and what this says about a common national Italian identity. The project uses close analysis of early film texts; archival research of film advertisements and film reviews; and spectatorship analysis. My research explores how the modern experience of popular culture and movie-going provided a way to articulate the conflict of identity created by unification. It is partially funded by the Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust.

Supervisors: Professor Stephen Gundle and Dr Karl Schoonover


In the Spring term of the 2019-2020 academic year, I will assist Professor Stephen Gundle taking seminars for the second-year undergraduate World Cinema (previously National Cinemas) module.


'Cross-Dressing and the Comedy of Masculinity in Early Italian Film,’ in BUCFVC Learning on Screen ViewFinder Magazine: Masculinity, n.112. (2019).

Conference Papers

Upcoming: 'Transitory Imitators, Transgender and Genderfucks: Male Cross-dressing in Italian cinema, 1909-1919', Worldmaking Around the World: Rethinking the Intersections of Popular Media, Translation and LGBTQ+ Activism Across Cultures, Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, University of Exeter, 17-18 April 2020.

' “This is for the high price of meat and cheese”: Sexual and Political Violence in Swept Away', The Cinema of Lina Wertmüller, The Centre for Research and Media Education (CREAM) at the University of Westminster, 13 December 2019.

'Cinematic Gardens as Metaphysical Places of Moral Judgement', 'Er Indoors': Domesticity and Nature in Home and Garden, University of Warwick, 23 November 2019.

'Funny Women: Lea Giunchi, the Silent Italian Comedienne of 1910s', Reclaiming the Screen: Addressing Overlooked Women in Film and Television, De Montfort University, 14 June 2019.

'Women, Slapstick and Italian-ness,' Department Research Day, University of Warwick, 15 May 2019.


L'ultima vittima (1913)


 Una partita a scacchi, 1912Una partita a scacchi (1912)

Contact: E dot Morton at warwick dot ac dot uk