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Dr. Federico Pacchioni

Associate Professor, The Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco Chair in Italian
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of World Languages and Cultures
Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Office Location: DeMille Hall 120N
Office Hours: By appointment
University Honors Program
Prescott College, Bachelor of Arts
Indiana University Bloomington, Master of Arts
Indiana University Bloomington, Ph.D.


Dr. Pacchioni is Associate Professor of Italian Studies and holder of the Sebastian Paul & Marybelle Endowed Musco Chair. He directs the Italian Studies program, also leading multidisciplinary collaborations and community outreach initiatives. Dr. Pacchioni teaches Italian language and culture courses at various levels, travel courses across the Italian peninsula, and a wide range of humanistic courses in collaboration with the University Honors Program and the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. His research, teaching, and service are equally moved by the goal of unveiling, interpreting, and activating what is most significant and relevant in the cultural history and experience of Italy.

He is the author of numerous publications, including books, peer-reviewed articles, translations, reviews, interviews, and creative writings. His books are: Inspiring Fellini: Literary Collaborations behind the Scenes (University of Toronto Press, 2014, monograph), La paura dell’amore (Raffaelli Editore, 2014, full-length poetry collection), Pier Paolo Pasolini: Prospettive americane (Metauro Edizioni, 2015, with F. Orsitto), A History of Italian Cinema (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2017, with P. Bondanella) and L’immagine del burattino: percorsi fra teatro, letteratura e cinema (Metauro Edizioni, 2020). 

Dr. Pacchioni received his Ph.D. from the department of French and Italian at Indiana University Bloomington. Before joining Chapman University in 2012, he taught courses in Italian and Italian-American literature and film at the University of Connecticut-Storrs and at the prestigious Scuola Italiana of Middlebury College.

Courses Taught at Chapman:
  • ITAL 301: Italian Conversation and Composition: Regional Culture and Tradition.
  • ITAL 341a: Italian Cinema: Great Film Directors.
  • ITAL 342: Advanced Italian Grammar and Stylistics.
  • ITAL 345: Italian Conversation and Composition: Introduction to Contemporary Society.
  • ITAL 353: Short Narrative in Italian Culture: Oral Tradition, Literature and Cinema.
  • ITAL 354: Songs of Italy: Voices of Yesterday and Today.
  • ITAL 375: Masterpieces of Italian Literature.
  • ITAL 101/102/201/301: Journey to Sicily: Immersion in Taormina.
  • ITAL 101/102/201/301: Journey to the Gulf of Naples: Immersion in Sorrento.
  • ITAL 341/FS443f/FS543: Italian Cinema: Politics, Art and Industry.
  • ITAL 387/FS444m/FS544: Italian American Cinema.
  • HON 314: Dante's Afterlife.
  • HON 315: Power and Imagination in the Italian Renaissance.
  • HON 371: The World of Fellini’s Cinema.
  • HON 373: The Puppet Metaphor Across Media.
  • HON 455: Interpreting the Past: An Experience of Rome.
  • HON 448: The Beauty of Ideas: An Experience of Florence.
  • FSN 309/509: Food, Diet and Culture (with Dr. Anuradha Prakash).

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

L’immagine del burattino: percorsi fra teatro, letteratura e cinema. Pesaro, Italy: Metauro Editore, 2020.
“Focus on Film: La strada”. The Total Art: Italian Cinema from Silent Screen to Digital Image Ed. Joseph Luzzi. New York City: Bloomsbury Academic. 2020. 323-328.
“Fellini and Esotericism: An Ambiguous Adherence”. Wiley Blackwell Companion to Federico Fellini. Eds. Frank Burke and Marguerite Waller. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2020. 95-108.
“Illuminating Italian Studies: The Secrets of Peter Bondanella’s Success.” In The Italianist. Film Issue 38.2 (2018): 267-269.
“Il pupo emigrato: dal teatro allo schermo”. Italian Canadiana. Vol. 31 (2017): 155-164.
“Novecento tra poesia e politica: Bertolucci e il teatro popolare dei burattini.” Rivista Luci e Ombre. Trimestrale di informazione cinematografica e culturale. 4.1 (April-June 2016). Online journal.
“Italy at Your Fingertips: Integrating the Puppet Theater in the Italian Classroom”. Arts: Creative Thinking about FL Curricula and Language Program Direction. Eds. Colleen Ryan and Lisa Parkes. Issues in American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators. Boston: Cengage, 2015.
"Trent’anni di critica pasoliniana in Nord America (1982-2014)" Pier Paolo Pasolini: Prospettive americane. Eds. F. Pacchioni and F. Orsitto. Pesaro, Italy: Metauro, 2015. 15-45.
Pier Paolo Pasolini: Prospettive americane. Co-edited with Fulvio Orsitto. Pesaro: Metauro edizioni, 2015.
“‘È la vita anche la morte’ Il Purgatorio astrale del Mastorna” Fellini and Dante. L’aldilà della visione. Genova: Sagep Editori, 2016. 71-74 [Proceedings of the conference “Fellini and Dante. L’aldilà della visione,” Biblioteca Classense, Ravenna, May 29-30, 2015.]
“Pasolini a passo di danza: cortocircuiti est(etici) intorno alla figura di Fellini”. Rivista Luci e Ombre. Trimestrale di informazione cinematografica e culturale. 3. III (April-June 2015). Online journal.
“La contaminazione tra teatro di figura e cinema in Cosa sono le nuvole?”. Intersezioni: musica, arte, letteratura e cinema nell’Italia contemporanea. Eds. Simona Wright and Fulvio Orsitto. Roma: Vecchiarelli, 2014. 233-244.
La paura dell’amore. Rimini: Raffaelli Editore, 2014
Inspiring Fellini: Literary Collaborations Behind the Scenes. Toronto Italian Studies Series. Toronto: The University of Toronto Press. 2014.
"Poetry in Motion (Picture): Federico Pacchioni Reviews The 'Vigor and Originality' of Federico Fellini’s Films" Interview by Helena Bachman, Simply Charly (2014). Web.
“Le nuove avanguardie. Panoramica sul mondo della poesia contemporanea americana.” clanDestino 1 (2013): 15-17
“Giuseppe Tornatore in viaggio attraverso il padre.” Incontri cinematografici e culturali tra due mondi. Ed. Antonio C. Vitti. Pesaro: Metauro Edizioni, 2012. 205-215.
“Volgarità e grazia: il cinema di figura di Lina Wertmüller.” L'ANELLO che non tiene: Journal of Modern Italian Literature. 24.12 (Spring-Fall 2012): 147-160.
“Remembering the Italian-American Pioneering Spirit.” Il Leone (November 2012): 10
Carlo Collodi, Le avventure di Pinocchio. A Bilingual Edition (Caserta: Spring Edizioni, 2007). In L’anello che non tiene. Journal of Modern Italian Literature 23.1-2 (2011): 166-169.
Francesca Turini Bufalini, Autobiographical Poems. A Bilingual Edition (New York : Bordighera Press, 2009). In Italica 88.2 (2011): 301-302.