Newsletter 2017 Hidden
Monthly Departmental Newsletter
The article “Politique. XVIIIe siècle” by Laurence Mall appeared in the Dictionnaire de l’autobiographie: Ecriture de soi de langue française, ed. Françoise Simonet-Tenant (Paris: Champion, 2017).
Armine Mortimer published the article “Le Père Goriot: Arrivisme and the Parisian Morality Tale” in A Cambridge Companion to Balzac, ed. Andrew Watts and Owen Heathcote, Cambridge University Press, 2017. 81-96.
Armine Mortimer’s translation of “Nature vs. Fertility, God vs. Science” by Philippe Sollers, an excerpt from The Secret, appeared in Literature of the Black Sun in January 2017. http://blacksunlit.com/2017/01/nature-vs-fertility-god-vs-science-by-philippe-sollers-translated-from-french-by-armine-kotin-mortimer/.
François Proulx published an article titled “P/Reparation: Barthes and Sedgwick” in Romance Studies (special issue on Barthes Beyond Borders) vol. 34, no. 3-4, pp. 174-184.
Robert Rushing’s article “Planes, Trains, Cars, Spaceships and an Elephant: Images of Movement in the commedia all’italiana” appeared in California Italian Studies 7.1 (2017)
Conference Presentations and Invited Talks
“An Inversely Proportional Relationship: Contestation of Linguistic Rights and Language Attitudes in the Case of Arbëresh and Arvanitika”; conference “Contested Languages in the Old World, CLOW,” University of Torino, May 4-6.
“Quasi peregrino: Reevaluating Dante and Pilgrimage”; Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, January 5-8.
“Moving Eastward: Geographical and Textual Mobility in French Renaissance Travelogues”; Renaissance Society of America, Annual Meeting, Chicago, March 30-April 1.
“Big Ideas for a Postfactual Age: Language, Religion and the State,” Roundtable “Teaching the Renaissance NOW,” colloquium “Renaissance Studies NOW: New Frontiers and Hermeneutical Practices,” Indiana University, April 21. Invited.
“The Global Renaissance from a French Perspective,” Roundtable “Renaissance Studies NOW,” colloquium “Renaissance Studies NOW: New Frontiers and Hermeneutical Practices,” Indiana University, April 21. Invited.
“Go (and) Ask Alice: What the Translations Say About the Nature of French and of English”; conference “Say What You Mean, and Mean What You Say”, devoted to translations of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, University of Mons, April 19-21. Keynote, invited.
“Des Moi Libérés au Féminin: Prenez soin de vous de Sophie Calle”; Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, January 5-8.
“Luxe et populuxe chez Mercier”; colloquium “Contre le luxe”, Bordeaux, March 22-24. Invited.
“Sero-Tactility: HIV Conversion and Senseless Procreation in the Narratives of Guillaume Dustan”; International Colloquium for 20th- and 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, April 6-8.
“Donner sens à la terreur: Traumatisme et symbolisation après les attentats de Paris et de Nice”; International Colloquium for 20th- and 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, April 6-8.
“Prononciation du français: Un impératif pédagogique pour le XXIè siècle”; AATF Winter Workshop, Chicago, Febr. 4.
“Proust’s Censored Drawings and Letters in a New Digital Edition”; Futures of French series, New York University, March 23. Invited.
“Proust’s Epistolary Diplomacy”; conference “Diplomacy and the Novel”, McGill University, May 5. Invited.
“Securing the Apocalypse: Biopolitical Imagery in Italian Cinema, 1960s-Present”; joint conference of American Association for Italian Studies and the Canadian Society for Italian Studies, Ohio State University, April 20-22.
“Screening Bodies, Screening Lampedusa in Gianfranco Rosi’s Fuocoammare”; joint conference of American Association for Italian Studies and the Canadian Society for Italian Studies, Ohio State University, April 20-22.
“Theatrical Retelling and Performative Promises in Sartre’s Dirty Hands”; Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, Baltimore, March 23-26.
“Medieval Ariosto: The Orlando furioso as a Genealogical Text”; Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Ohio State University, January 20. Invited.
“The Epic of the Warrior Woman from Ariosto to Tarantino”; conference “Chivalric Imageries”, Princeton University, February 24-25. Invited.
“Ariosto’s Active Landscape”; Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, March 30-April 1.
“Queer Routes, Queer Roots: Migration and Literary Filiation in the Novels of Abdellah Taïa”; Annual UIUC Women's and Gender History Symposium, March 3.
“Specters of AIDS: Sound and Mediation in André Téchiné’sLes Témoins(2007)”; International Colloquium for 20th- and 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, April 6-8.
“Prescriptivism and English Loanwords in French throughout the 20th Century”; Illinois Language and Linguistics Society (ILLS) annual conference, Urbana/IL, in March 31-April 1.
“Prescriptivism and Lexical Variation in French on Twitter”; Annual Social Media Analytics Summit, Urbana/IL, May 2.
Honors and Awards
François Proulx and Caroline Szylowicz (University Library) received generous funding from the Centers of Excellence network (French Embassy in the United States) and the Campus Research Board for their projectMarcel Proust’s World War I Letters: A Digital Edition.
Waïl S. Hassan, Professor of Comparative Literature and affiliated faculty in the Department of French & Italian was elected Second Vice-President of The American Comparative Literature Association for 2017-18. He will automatically become Vice President in 2018-10 and President in 2019-20.
Alumni News and Achievements
Leila Ennaili and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Black, who both graduated with a Ph.D. in French Studies in 2011, were recently awarded tenure at Central Michigan University and Old Dominion University respectively.
On a recent trip to Mons, Belgium, Doug Kibbee met up with Jean Robertson (M.A. French, 1986) who is teaching at the Faculté de Traduction et d’Interprétation of the Université de Mons.
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