Palgrave Macmillan recently published an English translation of Dr. Pacchioni’s study The Image of the Puppet in Italian Theater, Literature, and Film. During the past two weeks, Dr. Pacchioni was invited to speak about the popular Italian puppet theater and its artistic and cultural influence in scholarly and cultural venues.
Dr. Pacchioni spoke about puppetry’s significance in the search for an Italian global identity at the virtual international panel Italy by Design, organized by the University of Edinburgh, Scottland, which gathered leading Italian Studies scholars worldwide. He also spoke about the transmedial history and potential of Italian puppetry at the annual conference of the California Interdisciplinary Consortium of Italian Studies hosted by the Graziadio Center for Italian Studies at California State University-Long Beach. Finally, Dr. Pacchioni spoke about the broader puppetry tradition underpinning the figure of Pinocchio at the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, which currently hosts the exhibit A Real Boy: The Many Lives of Pinocchio.