Monthly Departmental Newsletter
December 2014-January 2015
Marcus Keller published an article entitled “Michel Eyquem de Montaigne.” Eds. David Thomas and John Chesworth. Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History 1500-1900 (CMR1900). Vol. 6: Western Europe (1500-1600). Leiden: Brill, 2014. 815-20.
Professor Doug Kibbee received a Fulbright fellowship to do research in France next academic year for his project "A Missing Link in the Creation of Standard French." He will be researching the life and times of the Lorraine printer Jean de Wapy in local archives and reconstitute the context of Wapy's "Remarques sur la langue françoise pour parler à la mode & selon l’air du temps," recently re-discovered by Prof. Kibbee and originally published in 1634, some ten years prior to Vaugelas’s famous "Remarques."
François Proulx was awarded an NEH Fellowship for 2015-16 for his project entitled "Reading and French Masculinity at the Fin de Siècle."
Professor Zsuzsanna Fagyal presented an invited paper on phonetic variation and change in contemporary Parisian French at the UK Association for French Language Studies workshop titled “The Multicultural London English - Multicultural Paris French Project: selected findings and stock taking” in London on December 10, 2015. Papers associated with this two-year British-French collaborative project are scheduled to be published and presented at other international conferences, including the Sociolinguistics of Globalization conference in Hong-Kong on 3-6 June 2015. For more information, click here.
Honors and Achievements
Jessica Sciubba (Italian Studies) passed her preliminary Ph.D. examination in December. The title of her project is "Paradigms of Refuse: waste, abjection and rejection in contemporary Italian literature and cinema." The members of her committee were Rob Rushing (chair), Emanuel Rota (director), Eleonora Stoppino, and Eric Calderwood (Comparative and World Literature).
Johnny Laforet (French SLATE) passed his preliminary Ph.D. examination in December. The title of his project was: “Language Maintenance by Haitian Immigrants in the USA: A Case Study of the Chicago Community”. The members of his committee were Eyamba Bokamba (director, Linguistics), Zsuzsanna Fagyal (chair), Anna Maria Escobar (Spanish and Portuguese), and Melissa Bowles (Spanish and Portuguese).
Jessica A. Nicholas (French Linguistics) passed her preliminary Ph.D. examination in December. The title of her project was: “Social and learner-specific factors in the acquisition of local dialectal features by study abroad students of French.” The members of her committee were Zsuzsanna Fagyal (chair and director), Anna Maria Escobar (Spanish and Portuguese), Ryan Shosted (Linguistics), Michele Koven (Communication), and Annie Tremblay (University of Kansas, Linguistics).
Congratulations to Michael Mulryan (Ph.D. French Studies 2009; dir. Laurence Mall) who was awarded tenure at Christopher Newport University.
Pause Café / Melanzana
The Pause Café, an informal French conversation hour, is held at Espresso Royale (Oregon and Goodwin) in Urbana. Meets every Thursday at 5:30pm. All are welcome!
Melanzana, an informal Italian conversation hour, is held at Espresso Royale (Oregon and Goodwin) in Urbana. Meets every Tuesday at 7:00pm. All are welcome!
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