rachel-haworth

Dr Rachel Haworth

Senior Lecturer in Italian

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of Languages and Philosophy

Summary

Dr Rachel Haworth joined the University in 2012 as a lecturer in Italian. Her expertise lie in 20th- and 21st-century Italian popular culture, specifically popular music. She also researches French popular culture and music of the same period. She has published on the Italian canzone d'autore and the French chanson. Her current research examines popular music stardom in post-war Italy and analyses the significances of Mina, an Italian pop music icon. This project explores the broader notions of what it means to be a star in 20th-century Italy, and how these meanings evolve across national boundaries.

She is also involved in two research projects within Languages at Hull: she is one of the investigators on the AHRC OWRI-funded project 'Watching the Transnational Detectives: Showcasing Identity, Internationalism and Language Learning on British Television’, and, with Dr Laura Rorato, she runs the 'Italian Icons in Hull and East Yorkshire' research and impact project. From September 2018, she is also the director of the Richard Hoggart Centre for Comparative Cultural Studies.

Undergraduate

In 2019-20, Dr Haworth serves as the Programme Director for Italian.

She teaches on a range of undergraduate modules in the Department of Languages and Philosophy, including Italian language (Levels 5 and 6), Italy and its Icons (Level 6), Translation and Interpreting (Italian & English, Presenting and Representing the Past, Modern Women Writers, undergraduate dissertation and research project modules, and year abroad modules.

She is module co-ordinator in 2019-20 for the following: Italian Language 3 and 4; Translation and Interpreting (Italian & English); Modern Women Writers; Modern Languages Extended Research Project; Modern Languages Dissertation.

Book Chapter

Evolutions of engagement: Renaud and la chanson engagée in Twenty-first-Century France

Haworth, R. (2017). Evolutions of engagement: Renaud and la chanson engagée in Twenty-first-Century France. In H. Chadderton, & A. Kimyongur (Eds.), Engagement in Twenty-First-Century French and Francophone CultureCardiff: University of Wales Press

Journal Article

Scandal as medium of the celebritization process: Exploring the ‘Mina as Mother’ image in the context of post-war Italian culture

Haworth, R. (2018). Scandal as medium of the celebritization process: Exploring the ‘Mina as Mother’ image in the context of post-war Italian culture. Mediascapes, 11, 29-41

Scandal, motherhood and Mina in 1960s Italy

Haworth, R. (2017). Scandal, motherhood and Mina in 1960s Italy. Modern Italy, 22(3), 247-260. https://doi.org/10.1017/mit.2017.38

French chanson

Haworth, R. (2018). French chanson. French studies, 72(1), 87-96. doi:10.1093/fs/knx244

Mina as Transnational Popular Music Star in the early 1960s

Haworth, R. (2018). Mina as Transnational Popular Music Star in the early 1960s. Modern Languages Open, 2018(1), 1-16. https://doi.org/10.3828/mlo.v0i0.237

Research interests

Italian popular culture 1945-present

Popular music

Stardom and Celebrity Studies

Cultural icons in national and international contexts

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Haworth welcomes applicants interested in researching Italian popular culture, 1945-present; Italian popular music; and social and cultural change in Italy in the 1950s and 1960s.

Completed PhDs

- Cecilia Brioni, Noi Siamo i Giovani: the Popular Media Construction of Italian Youth through Style, 1965-1975, 2017.

- Riccardo Orlandi, Intellectual, Revolutionary, Saint? Deconstructing and Redefining Fabrizio De André, 2017

Current PhDs

- Tamsin Boynton

First supervisor. Title of project: ‘Italian and French Crime Drama Series: How they contradict and shape views of culture, language and national identity within the context of the UK audience’. Recipient of University of Hull PhD Scholarship under the auspices of the Richard Hoggart Centre for Comparative Cultural Studies. Commenced studies September 2018.

- Souaad Larkat

Second supervisor. Title of project: ‘Feminitiy, Feminism and Gender Performativity in Action and Adventure Films post 2000’. Recipient of PhD Scholarship from the Algerian Government. Commenced studies September 2018.

MA by Thesis supervision

- Jessica Hildreth

First supervisor. Title of project: ‘Lucio Battisti and Nostalgia: The Role of Music-based Nostalgia in the Development of Collective Memories of 1970s’ Italy’. Commenced studies September 2018.