Professor Luciano Parisi

Associate Professor of Italian literature


Extension: 4215

Telephone: 01392 724215

Twitter: @ltLit_Parisi

I studied at the universities of Genoa (laurea in Italian literature) and Bologna (laurea in music history) and at Boston College (PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures). Before moving to Exeter I taught at Boston University, Oxford Brookes, Royal Holloway University of London, and Trinity College Dublin.

My research has four main strands: literary expressions of different forms of spirituality (Muratori, Manzoni, Borgese), the development of liberal ideas (Manzoni, Nievo), Italian literary criticism (Borgese, Croce), and narratives of child sexual abuse (Deledda, Drigo, Ferrante, Limentani, Moravia, Maraini). My next book (Giovani e abuso sessuale nella letteratura italiana, 1902-2018) is due to be published in 2020.

I favour a hermeneutic approach (Paul Ricœur, Hans-Georg Gadamer) for literary courses and a communicative approach (Sandra Savignon) for language classes. Dialogue with students is essential in both cases and it is based on the assumption that no one thinks very much where all think alike.

I am very fond of our environment and walking in the mountains is my preferred hobby. I reached the major peaks in the Presidential Range of New Hampshire in the 1990s, completed the Tour du Mont Blanc in 2008, and crossed the Ligurian Apennines (Ottone-Barbagelata, Rapallo-Rivergaro, Arenzano-Rossiglione) several times in the past few years.