French girlhoods on screen: emotions and/of places

Dr Fiona Handyside is studying how girls are portrayed by French women film makers and the response of teen girl audiences, both in France and in the UK

While girls have long been subjects of study, there is increasing feminist interest in the depiction of girls in contemporary media, as they provide a vivid and accessible way to consider the legacies of feminism and the possibilities for females in a world in which gender roles are shifting and audio-visual media is ubiquitous. 

Opera performed: Nicola Grimaldi – singer, actor, director, promoter

Insights gained from her own experience as a professional singer will inform Anne Desler’s analysis of roles played by star castrato ‘Nicolini’ and enable a rethinking of traditional views of eighteenth-century opera

To the modern viewer, period caricatures offer little indication of the acting prowess of star castrato Nicola Grimaldi (1673–1731), known internationally by his stage name ‘Nicolini’, depicted below in the role of the warrior prince Idaspe, who like Goliath strangles a lion with his bare hands.


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