Dr Rachel Haworth

Senior Lecturer in Italian

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


+44 (0) 1482 465896

Dr Rachel Haworth joined the University of Hull in 2012 as a lecturer in Italian. Her expertise lies in the area of 20th- and 21st-centruy Italian popular culture, specifically popular music.

Her current research focuses on popular music, national cultural icons, and the media and entertainment industry in Italy. She is working on the significances of the popular Italian singer, Mina, and on popular music stardom in post war Italy. This project looks at what it means to be star in 20th century Italy, and how these meanings evolve across national boundaries. This has led to work on how icons of Italy are used by communities outside of Italy, with work in particular on the Italian community in Hull.

She is also part of the AHRC OWRI-funded project ‘Watching the Transnational Detectives’, exploring the attitudes of the British viewing public to Italian language crime dramas on television.


Research Interests

  • Italian popular culture
  • Italian popular music
  • Constructions of stardom
  • Hierarchies of cultural value
  • Social and cultural change of Italy in the 1950s and 1960s
  • 20th-century French popular music
  • Italian cultural icons
  • Italian language television programmes in the UK

Research groups

  • Popular Cultures
  • Political and Cultural Encounters
  • Director of The Richard Hoggart Centre for Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Hull


Haworth R, 'Evolutions of Engagement: Renaud and la Chanson Engagée in 21st-Century France’, in Chadderton H and Kimyongür A (Eds), Engagement in 21st-Century French and Francophone Culture: Countering Crises, 26-45 (University of Wales Press, 2017)

Haworth R, ‘Scandal, Motherhood and Mina in 1960s Italy’, Modern Italy, 22.3, 247-260 (2017)

Haworth R, ‘Thinking the Canzone d’Autore’, in Marc I and Green S (Eds), The Singer-Songwriter in Europe: Paradigms, Politics and Place, 65-78 (Routledge, 2016)

Haworth R,'From the Chanson Française to the Canzone d’Autore in the 1960s and 1970s: Authenticity, Authority and Influence (Ashgate, 2015)

Haworth R, ‘Making a Star on the Small Screen: the Case of Mina and RAI’, Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, 3.1-2, 27-41 (2015)


Modules list

  • Italian Language 1 and 2 Beginners and Improvers
  • Italian Language 1 and 2 Advanced
  • Skills for Communicating Cultures
  • Ideas and Identities
  • Italian Language 3 and 4
  • Making Italy, Making Italians
  • European Popular Cultures
  • Italian Language 5 and 6
  • Italy and Its Icons
  • Modern Women Writers
  • Modern Languages Dissertation and Extended Research Project
  • Translation and Interpreting (Italian and English)
  • Translation Studies Dissertation
  • Professional Translation Skills

Research PhDs

Dr Haworth welcomes applicants interested in researching Italian popular culture, 1945–present; Italian popular music; social and cultural change in Italy in the 1950s and 1960s; Italian communities in Yorkshire; Italian television, also from a UK perspective.

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 research students

PhD programme

  • Tamsin Boynton - ‘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. (First supervisor)
  • Souaad Larkat -  ‘Feminitiy, Feminism and Gender Performativity in Action and Adventure Films post 2000’. Recipient of PhD Scholarship from the Algerian Government. Commenced studies September 2018. (Second supervisor)

MA by Thesis programme

  • Jessica Hildreth - ‘Lucio Battisti and Nostalgia: The Role of Music-based Nostalgia in the Development of Collective Memories of 1970s’ Italy’. Self-funded. Commenced studies September 2018. (First supervisor)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Higher Education Academy Fellowship, awarded 2015

Professional highlights

Awards and accolades

  • British Academy Small Research Grant in 2015 for the project ‘Stardom, Celebrity and Italy: the Many Meanings of Mina, Popular Music Diva’
  • Collaborator on the ‘Italian Connections’ exhibition (Streetlife Museum, Hull), organised Heritage Learning, held February-July 2018
  • AHRC OWRI ‘Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies’ flexible funding in 2018 for the project ‘Watching the Transnational Detectives’

Professional highlights

  • Invited contributor to The Great Songbook – Italy, hosted by Cerys Matthews on BBC Radio 4, 2015. Listen again.