Offering Queer Analyses of paintings by Caravaggio and Puccini and films by Özpeteck, Amelio, and Grimaldi, John Champagne argues that Italian masculinity has often been articulated through melodrama. Reading the melodramatic sensibility across three different periods in Italian history and three different media, this book sheds light on Italy’s contribution to the development of melodramatic sensibility. Wide in scope and multidisciplinary in approach, this much-needed study showed the vital role of affect for both Italian history and masculinity studies.
In addition to two novels and four scholarly monographs, Champagne has published academic essays, personal narrative, and poems in both anthologies and literary and scholarly journals.
Champagne’s work has been reviewed in such venues as TLS, Modernism/modernity, and gender/sexuality/Italy. For a list of Champagne’s citations, see the complete Google Scholar page.