Valeria Camporesi teaches Visual Media History in the Art History and Theory Department of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid since 1995. She is also professor of the PhD. Film Studies Program at the Modern Language Department. of the same university. She has been working on media and history since her undergraduate years at the University of Bologna (Italy) where she graduated with a "tesi di laurea" on "Lawrence of Arabia and the Myth of the Imperial Hero in Britain" which has been partially published in a number of essays in specialized journals. After a one-year stay at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, GB) as a graduate visiting student, she was admitted as a research student in the PhD Program of the History and Civilization Dept. of the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). In 1990, she obtained her PhD. in History at the EUI with a thesis on resistances to Americanization in the history of the B.B.C. which forms the core of this book. Since 1989 she lives and works in Madrid, where she has pursued a research on representations of Spanish cultural identity in film history (including the peculiarities of film consumption) which she published as a book (Para grandes y chicos, un cine para los españoles, 1940-1990, Madrid, 1993) and in various articles included in collective volumes. Her current research interests range from various historical approaches to intertextuality in European film history; studies on changing parameters of verisimilitude (in production and reception) in audiovisual products; and a long term project on European film history in the 1960s and the establishment of electronic media. She has published extensively in specialized journals, such as Revue d'histoire moderne et contemporaine, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Media, culture and society, Archivos de la Filmoteca Valenciana, Memoria e ricerca, Passato e presente and others; as well as in collective anthologies. A member of the International Association of Media and History (IAMHIST) since 1985, she has recently been elected as a member of the Council of the Association. Co-founder of Secuencias. Revista de historia del cine (Madrid, since 1994), she is one of the associate editors of the journal.