Dr Luca Paci has a PhD in Philosophy and works as a poet, translator and lecturer. Among his works the translation of La Ragazza Carla  by Elio Pagliarani,  essays on Benedetto Croce,  Carmelo Bene, and Cesare Pavese.  In English he published The Fine Line with poet Juergen Gebrsezgabiher, the video poem London Trip-tych with Luke Heeley and took part on Poets on Pasolini for the BFI. He has organized a number of poetry and literary events in London and Italy. He is currently teaching at Swansea University.

Dr Paci is artistic director with Dr Luisa Percopo of the Italian Film Festival Cardiff. This year's event will take place from November 22 to 26. For more details click here.

Areas of Expertise

  • Contemporary Italian Literature and Poetry
  • Classical and Contemporary Italian Cinema
  • Modern and Contemporary Italian Philosophy

Teaching

  • MLI100A Introduction to Italian Culture (A)

    This module provides all students of Italian with an insight into important historical and cultural developments in Italy since national unification in 1859-60, focussing chiefly on the period up to the end of the Second World War. It also examines examples of Italian writing (studied in English translation parallel with the Italian text) and film against the historical background in which they were produced. The module provides students with the skills and foundation knowledge which they need to pursue other academic modules in Italian in more detail.

  • MLI100B Introduction to Italian Culture (B)

    This module provides all students of Italian with an insight into the main historical and cultural developments in Italy since national unification in 1859-60, focussing chiefly on the period since the Second World War. It also examines examples of Italian writing (studied in English translation parallel with the Italian text) and film against the historical background in which they were produced. The module provides students with the skills and foundation knowledge which they need to pursue other academic modules in Italian in more detail.

  • MLI210 Translation Workshop (Italian/English)

    Seminars will discuss a series of four simulated translation projects dealing with different text types, from the point of view of the requirements of the participants (eg commissioning agency, client, target-language readership), and comparative analysis of relevant areas of Italian and English language and culture. Students write up for assessment the second project (after discussion in class), and the fourth (independently, after receiving feedback on the second).

  • MLI248 Introduction to Classic and Contemporary Italian Cinema

    This module introduces you to some classic Italian films (by Visconti, Fellini, Leone, and Antonioni) from a period between the 1940s and the 1970s when Italian film-makers were recognized as world leaders in their field. We also consider some more recent films (by Ozpetek, Moretti, Comencini. Virzì, and Rohrwacher) where the previous Italian cinematic tradition interacts with contemporary social developments, focusing on the impact of globalization and increasing social diversity on more traditional Italian concerns with local identity, family, and religion. Hence too themes of gender, sexuality, migration and race, prominent throughout the module, are especially so in the more recent films. There are also sessions on the social and historical context of the Italian cinematic tradition, and introducing you to descriptive and analytical concepts which help you write about the films studied. Assessment combines traditional essay work with guided exercises in film-reviewing which give you an opportunity to develop confidence in writing in a less purely academic and more practical style. The films studied are available on subtitled dvd's for use of students not studying for languages degrees.

  • MLI310A Translation Workshop (Italian/English)

    Seminars will discuss a series of four simulated translation projects dealing with different text types, from the point of view of the requirements of the participants (eg commissioning agency, client, target-language readership) and comparative analysis of relevant areas of Italian and English language and culture. Assessment is based on two additional projects not previously discussed in class, but detailed feedback on the first will be provided before the second (to be submitted at the end of the module) is undertaken

  • MLI348 Introduction to Classic and Contemporary Italian Cinema

    The first half of the module introduces you to some classic Italian films (by Visconti, Fellini, Leone, and Antonioni) from a period between the 1940s and the 1970s when Italian film-makers were recognized as world leaders in their field. The second half considers some more recent films (by Ozpetek, Moretti, Comencini. Virzì, and Rohrwacher) where the previous Italian cinematic tradition interacts with contemporary social developments, focusing on the impact of globalization and increasing social diversity on more traditional Italian concerns with local identity, family, and religion. Hence too themes of gender, sexuality, migration and race, prominent throughout the module, are especially so in the more recent films. There are also sessions on the social and historical context of the Italian cinematic tradition, and introducing you to descriptive and analytical concepts which help you write about the films studied. Assessment combines traditional essay work with guided exercises in film-reviewing which give you an opportunity to develop confidence in writing in a less purely academic and more practical style. The films studied are available on subtitled dvd's for use of students not studying for languages degrees.