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Monthly Departmental Newsletter

Monthly French Newsletter

January, 2013

Pause Café

Pause Café at Espresso Royale, (Oregon and Goodwin) in Urbana. Meets every Thursday at 5:30pm. All are welcome!


On November 30, 2012, Azeb Haileselassie passed her preliminary examinations: “Use and function of the discourse marker voilà in spoken French from a conversation analytic perspective.” Her committee members included Professors Andrea Golato (Director of Research), Peter Golato (Chair and Co-Director of Research), NumaMarkee, Makoto Hayashi.

Edited volumes

With Brigitte Weltman-Aron, Laurence Mall was guest editor of anissue ofL'Esprit Créateur entitled "De l'émotion chez Rousseau/Rousseau and Emotions"(Winter 2012). Click here for the Table of contents.

Esprit Créateur

Translating the Middle Ages, ed. Karen L. Fresco and Charles D. Wright (Ashgate, 2012).

Translating the Middle Ages

As of January 1, 2013, Professor Zsuzsanna Fagyal has become Associate Editor of the Journal of French Language Studies.

Just Published

Professor Laurence Mall. “‘Duvert devant mes fenêtres’: couleur morale et paysage d’âme dans Les Confessions de Rousseau (livres II-VI).” In Lectures de Rousseau, eds. J. Berchtold, E. Lavezzi and C.Martin (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2012): 135-144.

Professor Laurence Mall. “Parerga ou ergon: la problématique du cadre dans les Salons de Diderot.”Diderot Studies 32 (2012): 325-344.

Professor Laurence Mall. “Le deuil de la fraternité dans les mémoires (Quelques notices…) de Louvet (1795).” Itinéraires (Littérature, Textes, Cultures), special issue, “Intime et politique," eds. V. Montémont and F. Simonet-Tenant (2012, 2): 25-34.

Professor Laurence Mall (with Brigitte Weltman-Aron) “Introduction: l’émotion, un objet transdisciplinaire chez Rousseau.”L'Esprit créateur 52.4 (Winter 2012): 1-17.

Presentations and Panels

Professor Zsuzsanna Fagyal presented a paper, titled "Transnational Language Communities in the European Linguistic Landscape: in quest for status or the right to integrate?" at the Regional Working Conference of European Union Faculty in Chicago on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

Professor Karen Fresco participated in a panel on "Digital and Analogue Critical Editions of Continental Literature? Pros, Cons, Discussion" arranged by the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions at the MLA in Boston, January 2013.


The French American Student Organization has organized a weekly study group that will meet at the Undergraduate Library at 4pm on Sundays. This is a great opportunity for students in French language courses. For more information, please contact the faso at

Ediorial Note

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