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Monthly Departmental Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter

November 2014



François Proulx published a review of Adam Watt’s new biography of Marcel Proust on H-France. Please click here for a copy of the review.

Daniel Brant published an article in the International Journal of Francophone Studies titled "Disaster Cosmopolitanism: Catastrophe and Global Community in the Fiction of Daniel Maximin and Maryse Condé." 17:2 (2014), p. 215-237.


Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

Daniel Brant presented a paper titled "Memory and the Environment on the Border: The Massacre River in Haitian Literature and History" at the annual meeting of the Haitian Studies Association in South Bend, Indiana.

Kirby Chazal presented her paper "The construction and management of incomplete visual displays in the L2 French classroom" at the International Conference for Interactional Competencies in Institutional Practices at the University of Neuchâtel in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, November 21-22.

François Proulx presented an invited talk at Harvard University on November 24, "Blank Traces: Proust and Hubert Robert."


Honors and Achievements

Congratulations to François Proulx who was just awarded a very competitive NEH Fellowship for 2015-16 for a project entitled "Reading and French Masculinity at the Fin de Siècle." With an average acceptance rate of 7%, this national award is among the most distinguished a faculty member can earn and 2011 was the last time a UIUC professor received one.



The Great War: Experiences, Representations and Events. The Department of French and Italian, and French@illinois are major co-sponsors of the unique cross-campus initiative marking the 100th anniversary of the onset of World War I. For more information, please click here.


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!


Editorial Note

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