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Discovering the Italianness of Tex Willer with Elizabeth Leake 

A cultural frontier. Postwar Italian identity through a pop culture hero

Elizabeth LeakeTex Willer. Un cowboy nell’Italia del dopoguerra, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2018.

Professor of Italian Studies at Columbia University, Elizabeth Leake offers her readers a fascinating exploration of Tex Willer: one of the most widely read Italian comic book heroes. In Tex Willer. Un cowboy nell’Italia del dopoguerra she enlightens us as to how much this pop-culture character embodied and shaped Italian (masculine) identity in the aftermath of World War II.
In conversation with Valentina Frasisti, a PhD student at Harvard, she shares her enthusiasm for this new research and discusses some of its challenges and most exciting aspects.

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