Rachel Haworth is a Senior Lecturer in Italian at the University of Hull. Her research focuses on popular music, cultural icons and the media industry in Italy. In particular she is analysing the figure of the popular Italian singer Mina and aspects of stardom in post war Italy. Her interest on the topic transcend national barriers and includes the analysis of Italian communities outside of Italy and their reactions to Italian cultural icons. 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.
Her recent publications include: Scandal, Motherhood and Mina in 1960s Italy (2017), From the Chanson Française to the Canzone d’Autore in the 1960s and 1970s: Authenticity, Authority and Influence (2015) and Making a Star on the Small Screen: the Case of Mina and RAI (2015).