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Graduate students collaborate on web exhibition of Proust's letters

Professor François Proulx and graduate students enrolled in the seminar “French 578: Marcel Proust” collaborated on the online exhibition Proust and ...

Students from Lyons Township High School get immersion in French

Students from Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Ill., were special guests of the Department of French and Italian on Oct. 30. The busload of ...

U of I helping to digitize collection of Proust letters

[Editor's note: This is an adapted story from AFP (Agence France-Presse), a wire service] The nearly 6,000 letters to and from the author of "In Se...

Eleonora Stoppino appointed IPRH Faculty Fellow for the Academic Year 2017-18

Professor Stoppino will be working on her project, “Ugly Beast, Talking Monkey: Contagion and Education in Medieval and Early Modern Culture”....

Emanuel Rota appointed CAS Associate for the Academic Year 2017-18

Professor Rota will be working on his project, "Before Unemployment: Work, Idleness and the Uber-working Class," as a CAS Associate 2017-18....

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Welcome to the Department of French and Italian

Our faculty focus in their research and teaching on French and Italian as well as the literature, visual culture, and other forms of cultural production in these languages in France, Italy and throughout the world.

Our course offerings cover a broad historical and thematic spectrum from medieval culture to postcolonial literature, contemporary film or sociolinguistics. Below are the subfields in which several faculty members share particular strengths.

Members of the faculty have received national and international recognition; graduates serve on the faculties of numerous colleges and universities both in this country and abroad.