We would like to congratulate Elgin K. Eckert on her essay chapter, Landscapes of Mafia and Nostalgia on Italian TV, included in Sicily on Screen: Essays on the Interpretation of the Island and Its Culture.
The book examines how Sicily is represented visually on the screen – televisions and cinema – and looks at a variety of works ranging from fictional films, satire, as well as documentaries. Elgin’s chapter discusses how Sicilian landscapes are used in recent made-for-TV productions (mostly focusing on the mafia), showing that Sicilian landscapes serve as a nostalgic and reassuring function for the television viewing audience.
Elgin got her Ph,.D. from Harvard University, with a dissertation on the Sicilian crime writer Andrea Camilleri, and has extensively published on his work as well on the representation of the mafia & organized crime in the media. “It would be of interest to anybody interested in the Montalbano series of prime-time crime fictions, as a large piece of the chapter analyzes the use of Sicilian landscapes in that series,” Elgin shared when describing who may be interested in this and similar publications.
For more information about the author, visit her Academia Profile and check out her course, Cosa Nostra: Cinema and History of the (anti)Mafia.
You can find her essay chapter on Amazon for purchase, or to save it to your wish list (available in Kindle and Paperback).
About the Author:
Sara is interning with the Umbra Institute through ISI Abroad as part of her gap year experience. A bilingual native of England and Italy, she’s traveled the globe seeking to learn diverse cultural and historical perspectives. She’ll be your guide this summer as you plan for your study experience in Perugia.