Dr Rachel Haworth

Lecturer in Italian

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

School of Histories, Languages and Cultures


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Dr Rachel Haworth joined the University in 2012 as a lecturer in Italian. Her expertise lies in 20th- and 21st-centruy 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.


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

Research groups

  • Popular Cultures
  • Political and Cultural Encounters


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)


Programmes taught on (2018)

Programmes taught on (2019)

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; 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.

Current PhD supervisions

  • Riccardo Orlandi, Intellectual, Revolutionary, Saint? Deconstructing and Redefining Fabrizio De André, 2013–2017

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’

Professional highlights

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