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Monthly Departmental Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter

October 2014



Laurence Mall published a review essay entitled "Rousseau et la vendange des raisins verts" in Acta Fabula 15.8 (octobre 2014). Please click here to view the article.

François Proulx published an article in the 2014 Bulletin d’informations proustiennes titled “Six lettres de Reynaldo Hahn à Suzette Lemaire,” Bulletin d’informations proustiennes no. 44, p. 37-46.

Corey Flack just had his article, "The Gods Which Are Not: Religious Boundaries and Exchange in Boccaccio's Filocolo" accepted for publication in California Italian Studies 5:1 (2015).


Conference Presentations

Laurence Mall gave a paper called "La socialité du spectacle et ses effets pervers dans l'accomplissement révolutionnaire chez L.S. Mercier" at the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Montreal in October.

Peter Tarjanyi gave a conference presentation entitled “D’une ‘cartographie de la maladie’ à une ‘cartographie de la jouissance’: corps et sexualité chez Hervé Guibert et Erik Rémès” at the University of California, Los Angeles on October 10, as part of the 19th Annual UCLA French & Francophone Studies Graduate Student Conference.

François Proulx presented a paper titled “Finistère, 1895: Proust at the Ends of the Earth” at the 40th Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium.

Daniel Brant also attended the Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium where he presented a paper titled “The Fleeting Past: Ruinscapes in Nineteenth-Century Haiti.”

Marcus Keller co-organized a series of panels on “Early Modern Globalization” for the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in New Orleans (Oct. 16-19, 2014) and presented a paper entitled “Montaigne’s Essais as Product and Critique of Global Commerce."

Jui Namjoshi presented a poster titled “French listeners’ processing of prosodic focus” at the 168th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 28, 2014.

Corey Flack presented his paper, "Mensura omnium: The system of Neoplatonic measure in Dante's Divine Comedy" for the Medieval Studies Colloquium Series 2014-2015 at UIUC, October 30, 2014.

Professor Zsuzsanna Fagyal and graduate students in French SLATE and Linguistics—Jessica Nicholas, Gyula Zsombok, Richard Beyogle, Sean Curran, Charlotte Prieu, and Eric Becker—participated as co-organizers at the 43rd New Ways of Analyzing Variation international sociolinguistics conference in Chicago from October 23 to October 26, 2014. The conference was attended by over 300 participants from five continents presenting 180 papers and posters. Please click here for the conference website.

Honors and Achievements

Congratulations to Brian Hunt who received a Graduate College Conference Travel Award in the amount of $200 to attend the “Film and History” conference in Madison Wisconsin from October 29 to November 1.

Congratulations to Kirby Chazal who received a Graduate College Conference Travel Award in the amount of $350 to present her paper at an international applied linguistics conference at the Université de Neuchâtel in Switzerland in December 2014.

Eda Derhemi just received a faculty conference Travel Grant for the academic year 2014-2015 from the EU Center (UIUC). The grant is to be used in the First Worldwide Congress for Language Rights to be held in Teramo, Italy in May 2015. The paper discusses the state of rights of two linguistic minorities in Italy and Greece, and the impact the institutional attitudes have had on linguistic maintenance in these speech communities.


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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