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Enza De Francisci

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant


Office hours: Wednesdays 12-1pm

Education: BA Hons in Modern European Studies (UCL); MA in Italian Studies (UCL)

Research interests:

I am a part-time PhD student in the Italian Department at University College London, writing up my thesis on the links between Giovanni Verga and Luigi Pirandello’s narrative and theatre, under the supervision of Prof. Anna Laura Lepschy and Dr. Shirley Vinall from Reading University. At UCL, I have taken my BA on Modern European Studies (today’s European Social and Political Studies), as well as my MA and MPhil on Italian Studies. Currently, I am teaching on the Italian Language courses to undergraduates.

I have also assisted in tutorials on the Realism and Neorealism course and taken seminars on Pirandello’s short stories. Part of my research has been carried out in Italy. I have been on research scholarships to the Scuola Normale in Pisa, the Pirandellian Institute in Rome and the University of Bologna, at the Dipartimento di musica e spettacolo (DAMS).

I am also an active member of the Pirandello Studies Society. I have delivered a conference paper at an Annual General Meeting on Pirandello’s portrayal of Women ‘from page to stage’, which was later turned into an article and published in the 2008 edition of the Pirandello Studies journal. The 2006 edition of the same journal included my theatre review on As You Desire Me, performed at the Camden People’s Theatre, and in the latest volume, my review of the UCLU Drama Society’s production of Pirandello’s Henry IV at the Bloomsbury Theatre, based on a recent translation by Tom Stoppard, has also been published.