Professor Luciano Parisi

Associate Professor of Italian literature


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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), the Italian tradition of literary criticism (Borgese, Croce), and narratives of child sexual abuse (Deledda, Drigo, Ferrante, Limentani, Moravia, Maraini). My latest book (Uno specchio infranto. Adolescenti e abuso sessuale nell’opera di Alberto Moravia) was published in 2013 by Edizioni dell’Orso.

I favour a hermeneutic approach (Paul Ricœur, Hans-Georg Gadamer) when I teach literary courses and a communicative approach (Sandra Savignon) in 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.

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, Prati di Mezzanego-Rivergaro, Arenzano-Rossiglione) several times in the past few years.