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Department Newsletter

Fall 2016


Armine Kotin Mortimer is the author of a chapter in the just-published Cambridge Companion to Balzac entitled “Le Père Goriot: Arrivisme and the Parisian Morality Tale,” pp. 81-96.

A translation from Philippe Sollers’s Le Secret by Armine Kotin Mortimer appeared online:

François Proulx published a review of Hannah Freed-Thall, Spoiled Distinctions: Aesthetics and the Ordinary in French Modernism (Oxford University Press, 2015) in Bulletin d’informations proustiennes 46 (2016), p. 166-168; and reviews of Marie Baudry, Lectrices romanesques: Représentations et théorie de la lecture aux XIXe et XXe siècles (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2014), in The French Review, 90.1 (2016), p. 191, and of Sophie Duval and Miren Lacassagne (eds.), Proust et les “Moyen Âge” (Paris: Hermann, 2015), in The French Review, 90.4 (2016), p. 244-245.

Robert Rushing’s latest book, Descended from Hercules: Biopolitics and the Muscled Male Body on Screen was published by Indiana University Press in October 2016.

Jessica Sciubba's article “Postcolonial Abjections: Physical and Moral Corruption in Rhoda by Igiaba Scego,” was published in Gender, Sexuality, Italy, Vol. 3, 2016, and is now accessible online at the following link:

Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

François Proulx presented on “Proust’s Ludic Landscapes” at the 42nd Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium at Brown University (October 2016).

Robert Rushing gave invited lectures at the Centre for Film and Screen Studies at Cambridge University, at Leeds University, and at Aarhus University in Denmark, during the fall.

Peter Tarjanyi presented a paper titled "Cutting the Umbilical Cord: Diaspora, Kinship, and Narratives of Return in The String (2010)" at the UCLA QGrad 2016 Conference in Los Angeles, California on October 28, 2016.

Gyula Zsombok gave a paper on "The Effect of Prescriptivism on the Use of Localized Terminology in French Newspapers" at the New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) annual conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada in November. At the same conference, he also co-presented a workshop, "Text Mining for Sociolinguistic Research," with Dr. Joseph Roy, Dr. Anna Maria Escobar, and Kate Lyons.

Honors and Awards

Marcus Keller was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques by the French Cultural Ministry.

Robert Rushing was a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Oxford University, UK in fall 2016.

Jessica Sciubba was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship by the European Union Center for the study of Advanced Arabic in the Spring 2017.


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