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Book by Robert Rushing (Comparative and World Literature) wins prize from American Association of Italian Studies

4/28/2017  8:00 am

Professor Robert A. Rushing’s latest book, Descended from Hercules: Biopolitics and the Muscled Male Body On Screen (2016, Indiana University Press), recently won the Film and Media Studies book prize from the AAIS (American Association for Italian Studies).

The AAIS encourages, supports, and conducts research activities in Italian culture, including areas such as Italian language, art, music, history, literature, folklore, and popular culture, and well as its influence on other cultures. To that end, it publishes a scholarly journal, Italian Culture; honors individuals who have distinguished themselves in the different areas of Italian studies; and promotes awareness and appreciation of Italy’s cultural contribution to the world.

Rushing, who is an Associate Professor of Comparative and World Literature at Illinois, also holds affiliate appointments in Media and Cinema Studies and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. He is author of Resisting Arrest: Detective Fiction and Popular Culture and co-editor of Mad Men, Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style, and the 1960s.

To learn more about his new award-winning book, visit: