Giulio L Giusti

Dr Giulio Giusti PhD, BA (Hons), FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Modern Languages & European Cinema


I am Senior Lecturer in Modern Languages (Italian & French), Study Abroad Coordinator for Italy and University Language Scheme (ULS) Academic Coordinator at the College of Business, Technology and Engineering.


As sole leader of the Italian language and culture provision at the College of Business, Technology and Engineering, I am responsible for coordinating, designing, delivering, setting coursework, assessing and maintaining the VLE of the following language and content-based modules: ULS Italian – Stages 1, 2, 3 & CPS 1 (Contemporary Professional Studies) Italian.

I plan, prepare and deliver lectures on European Cinema and aspects of interculturality and intermediality in film on the following team-taught modules for undergraduates: CPS 1 (Contemporary Professional Studies) French, Contemporary European Studies, Intercultural & Professional Development.

I deliver lectures and assess coursework on second language acquisition, word formation, translation theories and practice and sign languages on the Linguistic & Academic Studies module for undergraduates.



Teaching expertise

  • Cultural Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Intercultural Competence
  • Languages Studies


  • Gothic Fiction and Horror Cinema
  • Intermediality in Film
  • Italian Cinema: Horror and Gialli


Department of Management

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Languages & Cultures


Courses taught:

  • BA Languages & Cultures with International Business
  • BA Languages & Cultures with TESOL
  • BA Languages & Cultures with Tourism

Modules taught: 

  • ULS Italian Stages 1-3
  • ULS French Stage 3
  • Contemporary and Professional Studies (CPS) Italian 1
  • Contemporary and Professional Studies (CPS) French 1
  • Contemporary European Studies
  • Linguistic and Academic Studies
  • Intercultural & Professional Development


• Gothic and Horror Film and Fiction

• Intermediality in Film

• Italian Cinema: Horror and Giallo

My research focuses on the mutual influences of painting and cinema. My approach is communicative-semiotic, and I seek to interpret pictorial references as strategic techniques that contribute to the overall meaning of a film/painting. My doctoral thesis, Artistic Imagery in Dario Argento’s Cinema, explores the multiple functions that the cinematic reproductions of paintings serve in Argento’s films, interpreting them as iconographic, symbolic, and thematic anchors that are typical of the director. At present, I am analyzing the use of pictorial references as a rhetoric that defines other influential and renowned filmmakers of Italian Horror, including Pupi Avati, Francesco Barilli, Mario Bava, Riccardo Freda, Antonio Margheriti, and Michele Soavi. The aim of the investigation is to highlight further aspects of the semantic, stylistic, and technical complexity of the Italian horror cinema, as well as emphasize their relevance to a full appreciation, re-evaluation, and re-visiting of the domestic genre itself.


Key Publications

Giusti, G. (2023). Gothic cinema. In Malvestio, M., & Serafini, S. (Eds.) Italian Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion. (pp. 138-153). Edinburgh University Press:

Giusti, G., & Arpioni, M.P. (2017). Luciano Tovoli : Paysages de la vision. RevueSé

Arpioni, M.P., & Giusti, G. (2016). Sinestesia delle immagini: a tu per tu con Luciano Tovoli. Cineforum di Vicenza:

Other activities

HEA fellow or senior fellow

  • 2017: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

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