Dr Eleanor Valerie Whitcombe Andrews

Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies and Course Leader for Film Studies

Andrews Eleanor
Email address: E.Andrews@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 322461 Location: MC Building, MC333 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Media Areas of expertise: Film


Eleanor Andrews is a very experienced language teacher, having taught French, Italian and English as a Foreign Language for most of her adult life. This merged into Film Studies in 1995 when she began teaching Italian Cinema as part of the, then, Italian Studies course. She became interested in other European cinemas over the following years.  Her aim is to enthuse her  students with the same passion that she feels about both languages and about cinema.

Her teaching responsibilities include:

Module leader (languages) for:

  • 4WL002 Wolverhampton Languages Programme Basic Language – Italian and French
  • 4WL003  Wolverhampton Languages Programme Intermediate – Italian
  • 5WL001 Wolverhampton Languages Programme Basic Language – Italian and French
  • 6WL001  Wolverhampton Languages Programme Advanced – Italian

Module leader (film) for:

  • 4FI002 Screening the Past
  • 4FI005 The Western
  • 5FI002 Film in Europe : The 1930s to the 1970s
  • 6FI002 European Cinema Today
  • 7FI010 (MA)  Screening the Holocaust and Beyond

Team teaching

  • 4HU001 Myth
  • 4GK009 The Holocaust
  • 5FI005 Representing the Real: From Documentary Film to Reality TV

Supervision and moderation of projects in Film Studies at Under Graduate and Post Graduate level.

Research interests

  • Wolverhampton Languages Programme Italian Basic
  • Wolverhampton Languages Programme Italian Intermediate 1
  • Wolverhampton Languages Programme Italian Intermediate 2
  • Wolverhampton Languages Programme Italian Advanced 1
  • Contemporary French Cinema
  • European Cinema Today
  • Film in Europe : The 1930s to the 1970s
  • Film Origins
  • Myth
  • Representing the Real: from Documentary Film to Reality TV
  • The Holocaust
  • The Western
  • Supervised and moderated dissertations in Film Studies at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level

Current Research Interests

  • Italian Cinema, in particular the work of Nanni Moretti
  • Film Studies: French Cinema, in particular the 1930s and 1960s
  • The Holocaust  in film
  • Spaghetti Westerns
  • Techniques for teaching reading in a foreign language
  • History of the Italian Language

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of Association for Language Learning
  • Member of Society for Italian Studies
  • Member of American Association of Teachers of Italian
  • External Examiner–Italian - European Business School, London 1993–96    
  • External Examiner–Italian - Staffordshire University 2000–2004
  • External Examiner–Italian - Sheffield Hallam University 2003–2008
  • External Examiner–Film Studies–Swansea Metropolitan University 2007–2010
  • External Examiner–Italian–Solent University Southampton 2011 to 2015
  • External Advisor for Panel in Review and Revalidation of Languages Degrees and IWLP – University of Sunderland, April 2011
  • Internal Examiner for PhD thesis by publication – Thomas Dickins – June 2012


  • BA (Hons) French Language and Literature (Italian subsidiary) University of Leeds, 1976
  • MPhil French Linguistics Wolverhampton Polytechnic, CNAA, 1980
  • PGCE (Specialization in English as a Foreign Language) University of Leicester, 1980
  • MA Italian Studies (Italian Cinema), University of Reading, 1998
  • PhD Italian Studies (Italian Cinema), University of Reading, 2011
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2016

Occupational Experience

  • 1974 - 75 EFL Teacher, French Primary School, St Brieuc, France     
  • 1976 - 79 Research Assistant/Part - time Lecturer in French and Italian, Wolverhampton Polytechnic    
  • 1977 - 79 EFL Teacher Parosi Scheme, Wolverhampton
  • 1980 - 81 Teacher of French, Abbs Cross School, Hornchurch, Essex
  • 1981 - 83 Teacher of French and English, Ludlow School, Shropshire
  • 1984 - 96 Part - time Lecturer in Italian and EFL, Wolverhampton   Polytechnic/University of Wolverhampton
  • 1996 - 97 Lecturer in Italian and EFL, University of Wolverhampton
  • 1997 - Date Senior Lecturer in Italian with Film Studies and EFL, University of Wolverhampton 1997 - 2000 Wolverhampton Languages Programme Deputy Co-ordinator
  • 2000 - 2003 Senior Academic Counsellor
  • 2000 - 2008 Wolverhampton Languages Programme Co-ordinator
  • 2009 - Date Course leader for Film Studies



  • “Family Life, Moretti Style.” Italy On Screen - Inter-disciplinary Perspectives on Italy and Cinema, Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, London, 10th February 2007
  • “Aspects of Italian Family Life as seen in the cinema of Nanni Moretti.”, RiCH Seminar at the University of Wolverhampton, 26th February 2007
  • “The Moretti Brand: An auteur in the 21st Century.” - New Authors/Auteurs: Into the New Millennium, University of Salford, 27th–28th June 2008
  • “Whose Place is it Anyway?: Gendered Spaces in the Work of Nanni Moretti.”  - Da Sodoma a Gomorra: Framing Crisis and Rebirth in Italian Cinema, University of Warwick 22nd - 24th January 2010
  • “Hide and Seek: A child’s eye view of the Holocaust.” - Children and War: Past and Present. University of Salzburg, Austria, 30th September–2nd October 2010
  • “Mythic Transformations on Screen: Galatea meets Cinderella” - University of Wolverhampton–School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications, Staff Conference July 1st 2011
  • Introductory talk on Nanni Moretti’s work at Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton, February 2012
  • Introductory talk on Nanni Moretti’s Ecce Bombo and Palombella rossa at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London W6 under the aegis of Italian Cinema London, April 2012
  • Participation in Higher Education Academy Seminar: Teaching the Holocaust in the 21st Century, Wednesday 16th May 2012, at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London Senate House, Bloomsbury, London.  “Using film to teach the Holocaust”
  • Conference paper – “How Humour Works: An Exploration of the Comic Process in Nanni Moretti’s Dear Diary” - The Fourth Annual School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications Staff Research Conference Monday 2nd July 2012, Light House Media Centre
  • Participation in Seminar during Holocaust Memorial Week 2013, University of Wolverhampton, 24th January 2013, on “Teaching the Holocaust through Film.”
  • Conference paper “How Ercole Became Ringo: or did Maciste Learn to Tote a Gun?” - Conference “Spaghetti Westerns in Transit: an International Film Conference on Transculturation and Liminality” at the University of Bedfordshire, April 2013
  • Conference paper “La Dolce Vita à la Française: Italy through the eyes of Clément and Godard” - 6th International Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Italian, Strasbourg May 31st - June 2nd 2013, Panel: Foreign Directors and Productions in Italy
  • Conference paper “‘Spring Will Return’: Children at the Heart of Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City” - Children and War: Past and Present, University of Salzburg, Austria, 10th -12th July 2013
  • Participation in Higher Education Academy Seminar, “Teaching Race in the Arts & Humanities”, University of Wolverhampton, 15th January 2014, “Using Film to Engage with the Other as Victim of Genocide” 
  • Conference paper ‘Towards a Taxonomy of Humour: The Mechanics of Laughter in Nanni Moretti’s Dear Diary’ – Comedy and Society Conference, University of Hull, November 22nd and 23rd 2014
  • Conference paper ‘The Face of Evil? : An Examination of the Character of Ingrid in Roma città aperta.’ Rome Open City: Examining the legacy after seventy years. Dept. of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick, 12-13th November, 2015
  • Conference paper ‘Heaven, Hell and Humanity: Children in Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness (2011)’. Children and War: Past and Present.  University of Salzburg, Austria, 13th-15th July 2016
  • Conference paper ‘Beauty and the Two Beasts: Ménage à trois in Fellini’s La strada?’ Reimagining Beauty and the Beast - One-day Interdisciplinary Conference. University of Bristol - 7th September 2016


  • “Always the right time to make a political film: Nanni Moretti in the New Millennium” (2010), in Italian Film Directors in the New Millennium, edited by William Hope, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 51-62.  ISBN-10: 144382075X
  • “Family Life, Moretti Style” (2010), in Italy on Screen: Italian Identity in the National Imaginary and International Symbolic, edited by Christina Manson and Lucy Bolton, Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 49-61 ISBN-10: 3039114166. [New Studies in European Cinema. Vol. 9 Edited by Wendy Everett and Axel Goodbody.]
  • Two entries in Directory of World Cinema: Italy (2011) - article on Nanni Moretti in section on directors,  pp. 28-31 and short article on Lo chiamavano Trinità, in section on “Spaghetti Westerns”, pp. 219-20, Bristol: Intellect Books, ISBN-10: 1841504009
  • Six scene descriptions and Spotlight essay on “ ‘The Things I Like Best of All’: Nanni Moretti’s Rome in Dear Diary”, in World Film Locations Book Series: Rome, Bristol: Intellect, date of publication 2014
  • Spotlight essay, “Views from the Grand Tour(ist): Florence and Foreign Consumption”,  in World Film Locations Book Series: Florence, Bristol: Intellect, date of publication 2014
  • Place, Setting, Perspective: Narrative Space in the Films of Nanni Moretti, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, published October 2014.
  • “Life is but a Dream: Reveries, Nightmares and Other Worlds in the Films of Nanni Moretti” in Dreamscapes Projected: The Oneiric in Italian Film Culture, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press – date of publication 2015
  • “Whither Shall I Wander? – Up and Down the Staircase in Film” – chapter in Spaces of the Cinematic Home: Behind the Screen Door, London: Routledge, August 2015
  • Joint editorship of Spaces of the Cinematic Home: Behind the Screen Door, London: Routledge, published August 2015, with Stella Hockenhull and Frances Pheasant Kelly