» Dr. Federico M. Pacchioni
Associate Professor, The Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco Chair in Italian

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of World Languages and Culture
Dr. Federico M. Pacchioni
Sebastian Paul & Marybelle Musco Chair in Italian Studies
Office Location:
DeMille Hall 126
Office Hours:
Mon. 3-6 p.m.
(714) 744-7846
Prescott College, Bachelor of Arts
Indiana University Bloomington, Master of Arts
Indiana University Bloomington, Ph.D.

Dr. Pacchioni earned his PhD from the department of French and Italian at Indiana University Bloomington. Before joining Chapman University as the Sebastian Paul & Marybelle Musco Chair, Dr. Pacchioni taught courses in Italian and Italian-American literature and film at the University of Connecticut-Storrs and at the Scuola Italiana of Middlebury College. At Chapman University, Dr. Pacchioni coordinates the Italian Studies program and teaches Italian as well as interdisciplinary courses in the Honors Program and with the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. 

In his research, he focuses on cases of artistic synergy and intermediality across Italian cinema, literature, and theatre. His scholarship has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as ItalicaIntersezioniL’anello che non tieneStudi pasolinianiFellini-Amarcord, and Forum Italicum. In his book Inspiring Fellini: Literary Collaborations behind the Scenes (University of Toronto Press, 2014), he reexamines the cinema of Federico Fellini within a cultural map drawn on his collaborations with a number of writers and intellectuals, considered in relation to their philosophic and stylistic common denominators and elements of friction. Currently Dr. Pacchioni is researching the cultural and aesthetic implications of cinematographic and literary intersections with various forms of puppetry in Italy. He has also published poems in a number of journals and a full-length poetry book titled La paura dell’amore (Raffaelli Editore, 2014)

Courses Taught at Chapman:
  • ITAL 201: Intermediate Italian I
  • ITAL 345: Italian Conversation and Composition: Introduction to Contemporary Society
  • ITAL 301: Italian Conversation and Composition: Regional Culture and Tradition
  • HON 371: The World of Fellini’s Cinema
  • FFC 100: The Italian American Experience
  • HON 373: The Puppet Metaphor Across Media
  • ITAL341/FS443f Italian Cinema: Politics, Art and Industry
  • ITAL 353: Short Narrative in Italian Culture: Oral Tradition, Literature and Cinema
Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
“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.