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Monthly Departmental Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter

September 2014



Professors Zsuzsanna Fagyal (French) and Eda Derhemi (Italian) have been contracted by the applied linguistics press Multilingual Matters (Bristol, UK) to publish their co-authored book Language and Minorities in Europe: An Introduction. The book is scheduled to appear in the summer of 2015.

Professor Marcus Keller just published the following article: “Entre l’insolite et l’indifférence: Berlin dans le roman belge francophone.” Ed. Margarete Zimmermann. Après le Mur: Berlin dans la littérature francophone. Tübingen: Narr, 2014. 253-65. (Editions Lendemains 36)

Professor Laurence Mall has recently published the following articles: "Liaisons et déliaisons du visible et du dicible chez Rousseau." In Rousseau et le spectacle, eds. J. Berchtold, C. Martin and Y. Séité (Paris: Armand Colin, 2014): 297-310. "Ecriture de soi et ‘syntaxe générale’ chez Bergounioux et Ernaux (sur fond rousseauiste)." In Jean-Jacques Rousseau et l’exigence d’authenticité: une question pour notre temps, eds. J.-F. Perrin and Y. Citton (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2014): 333-347.

Conference Presentations

Jessica A. Nicholas presented a paper at the Linguistic Symposium for Romance Languages (LSRL) conference at Western University, London, Ontario, May 24, 2014. The paper, titled Intra- and inter-dialectal differences in the perception of French nasal vowels in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec, was co-authored with Christopher Carignan (NC State) and Professors Zsuzsanna Fagyal (French) and Ryan Shosted (Linguistics).

Jessica A. Nicholas presented a paper at the yearly Association of French Language Studies (AFLS) conference, held this year at the University of Kent (UK) June 25-27, 2014. The paper was titled Perception of French nasal vowels in Saguenay--Lac--Saint-Jean, Quebec: the role of age and dialect experience, and co-authored with Christopher Carignan (NC State) and Professors Zsuzsanna Fagyal (French) and Ryan Shosted (Linguistics).

Nick Strole presented his paper “Reconfiguring and Performing Emotions Passed: Image and the Performative in Mouawad and Villeneuve’s Incendies” July 2-4 at the Australasian Association of Literature annual international conference on Literature and Affect.

Priscilla Charrat participated in a Mnemonics summer school at Stockholm University in August and gave a talk titled “Remembering the Holocaust Through Experiential Sites of Muslim Identity in Francophone Fiction.”

The Department of French and Italian is a co-organizer of the NWAV 43 sociolinguistics conference in Chicago (Oct. 23-26, 2014), sponsored by SLCL and several other units in the School. This is the largest yearly sociolinguistics conference in North America. For the conference website, please click here.

Honors and Achievements

Priscilla Charrat was a fellow at the Northwestern Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization in July. She has also begun co-organizing “The Future of Trauma and Memory Studies” reading group this semester.

Corey Flack received a fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year, awarded by the Program in Medieval Studies.

Dan Brant successfully defended his doctoral thesis “Geographies of Suffering: The Literature of Catastrophe in the French Caribbean” on September 26.

For a complete list of the honors and achievements of the graduate students in the Department of French over the past year, please click here.


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

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

Other Announcements

Search for an assistant professor in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education is now open. For more information, please click here.

Editorial Note

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