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Monthly Departmental Newsletter

Monthly French Newsletter

October, 2013

Pause Café

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

Just Published

Arimine Mortimer’s article, “Fiction as Cover Story in Sollers’s La Fête à Venise” has just appeared in French Forum vol. 38, nos 1-2, 2013, pp. 189-203.
The article is also available, with a U of I login, via Project Muse. Without a login, there is an excerpt.

Jessica Miller and Frédérique Grim, two alumni from the Department of French at the University of Illinois recently co-authored a textbook on French pronunciation. Dr. Jessica Miller, associate professor (UW-Eau Claire) and Frédérique Grim, associate professor (Colorado State University), along with their colleague Anne Violin-Wigent (Michigan State University) have had their textbook, "Sons et sens: La prononciation du français en contexte," published by Georgetown University Press this past summer. The book details second-language pronunciation acquisition through cultural topics such as the French education system, vernacular French and cooking in the francophone world. The aim is to enhance students' pronunciation skills within the context of French and francophone culture. The authors' approach derives from current research on second language acquisition and pedagogy as well as contemporary research on French linguistics.

Just Presented

On October 26, François Proulx gave a paper at the 39th Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium in Richmond, VA. The paper, “Perpetual Adumbration: Reynaldo Hahn as Hubert Robert in Proust” presented some of his current research on Proust’s links to the painter Robert and the composer Hahn. On November 14th, the day of the 100-year anniversary of the publication of Du côté de chez Swann, Prof. Proulx and Caroline Szylowicz of the Kolb-Proust Archive will join colleagues at Indiana University (Bloomington) for a public roundtable on “Reading Proust, 1913-2013.”


Congratulations to Cristina Toharia, Azeb Haileselassie, Stéphanie Gaillard and Jui Namjoshi, who were invited by the University's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning to participate in the Graduate Academic, which focuses on TA development. These invitations attest to the high quality and reputation of the Department's pedagogical program.

New Webmaster

Nick Strole is excited to take on the position as Webmaster for the French Department at UIUC. He will start working full time in the Spring.

Editorial Note

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