Dr. Edward Bowen, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor of Italian
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2068
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594



Ph.D. in Italian, Indiana University, 2015

M.A. in Italian, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008

M.A. in History, Wake Forest University, 2000

B.A. in History, James Madison University, 1998


Edward Bowen specializes in Italian film history, film exhibition, urban politics, independent cinema, and contemporary Italian culture. He enjoys teaching all levels of Italian language, and he has designed numerous interdisciplinary courses on cinema, literature, history, migration, and urban studies. Along with Rémi Lanzoni, he co-edited and contributed to the volume The Cinema of Ettore Scola (Wayne State University Press, forthcoming June 2020). Bowen has also published two peer-reviewed articles on film exhibition history in Rome, and he is currently preparing an article on the largest private cinema chain in postwar Italy. He also has a forthcoming book chapter that analyzes trade stories of independent Italian cinema as presented in media paratexts. Much of his research on Italian culture has been influenced by his studies of history and philology. For instance, one of his forthcoming articles addresses the editorial principles of Anton Federigo Seghezzi, who expanded the famed Giuntina anthology of Tuscan poems in the 1730s. Bowen has co-directed the Summer Language Institute in Florence the past three years, and he is a regular at the “Tavola italiana” (our weekly conversation table).

Recent Publications

The Cinema of Ettore Scola, edited by Rémi Lanzoni and Edward Bowen. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, (forthcoming June 2020).

“Ettore Scola’s Legacy: A Statesman for Italian Cinema” in The Cinema of Ettore Scola (forthcoming June 2020).

“The Editorial Principles of Anton Federigo Seghezzi and his Giuntina Project.” Textual Cultures (forthcoming Spring 2020).

“C’era una volta il cinema Corso. Storia di una sala cinematografica romana durante il fascismo.” Cinema e storia. Rivista di studi interdisciplinari, Vol. 1, (2018), pp. 103- 23.

“‘Take Notice of the Red Light!’ A History of Adult Cinemas in Rome.” Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, Vol. 5:1 (2017), pp. 3-21. 


Current Projects

“Tales of Courage: Trade Stories of Italian Independent Cinema” for Italian Independent Cinema: Legacies and Transformations, edited by Anthony Cristiano and Carlo Coen. (under review)


Recent Undergraduate Courses Taught

Studies in Italian Cinema

Accelerated Elementary Italian

Intermediate Italian I & II

Migration to and from Italy

Modern Rome: Portrait of a City

2020 Graduation & Honors Reception


Give to French, Francophone & Italian Studies


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