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Dr Marta Niccolai
Foster Court
University College
Tel: 0203 1084086
  • UCL Teaching Fellow
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Research Summary

My research interests lie in the political films and documentaries made in Europe during the 60s and 70s. I am interested in comparing the different approaches adopted in order to touch the audience's consciousness, or more specifically, the interplay between film theories and the director's personal take on a changing society.

While working on my PhD, which explored intercultural literature written by migrants in Italy, I produced a play, 'And the City Spoke'. The play focused on the relationship between refugees and the city of London and other major European cities. My interests in politics and interculturalism come together in my recent and current research on contemporary inter- and transcultural Italian theatre. I study the stage as a space where the centre and the margin can be reconfigured through the way in which  European and non-European actors use body and language in the interplay of cultural similarities and differences.

Teaching Summary

I teach two courses for the European School: Political Theatre and Political Cinema. Political Theatre examines primarily Epic and Popular theatre through the works of Bertolt Brecht - Joan Littlewood - Dario Fo - Franca Rame.

Political Cinema considers the political content of films, looking at specific filmic engagement with political themes and messages. It also examines the extent to which film making is, itself, a political act. This is done through films with a Marxist ideology and Brechtian Aesthetic, as well as the Political thriller, the Hollywood films and politics, Third cinema.

Academic Background
2009 PhD Doctorat – Philosophy University College London
2003 MA Master of Arts – Italian studies University College London
1999 BA Bachelor of Arts – French and Italian University College London
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