Books and Novels
Queer Ventennio


Italian Masculinity as Queer Meolodrama


Aesthetic Modernism and Masculinity in Fascist Italy


The Ethics of Marginality


When the Parrot Boy Sings


The Blue Ladys Hands


Cover of the Book The Blue Lady's Hands

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.

Published Works

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.

Reviews & Citations

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.