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  • All activities will be held in DCAL – 1st floor of the Baker Library

    Virginia M. Scott - Vanderbilt University

    Virginia Scott received a B.A. from Eckerd College, an M.A. from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in French and Applied Linguistics from Emory University.  Since joining the Department of French and Italian at Vanderbilt University in 1988, she has served as Director of the French Language Program, Director of Vanderbilt-in-France, and Department...

  • Luke Katler '15 presents Accidental Death of an Anarchist, adapted from Dario Fo’s internationally-acclaimed farce Morte accidentale di un anarchico, as his senior thesis In Italian Studies. The play follows the Fool, a con-artist who stirs up mischief in the NYPD headquarters by using tricks and disguises to reveal the corrupt interrogation tactics and general incompetence police officers used in persecuting an innocent anarchist. The script has been translated, modernized...

  • A Cabinet of Curiosities

    Meraviglia in the 17th Century

    The seventeenth century was a period of wonder, anxiety, and discovery. This era, often referred to as the baroque, was one of change in the scientific, intellectual, and artistic realms. Careful documentation and new methods of classification examined exciting new discoveries and the everyday in unprecedented ways. The scientific revolution introduced new ways to understand and explain the natural world,...

  • Want to be a drill instructor for French and/or Italian?
    Try out to be an Apprentice Teacher for SPRING 2016 term.
    Applicants must attend ALL of the following sessions:


    Tuesday, April 5

    6:00-7:00 pm Orientation and Introduction to AT Workshop

    7:00-8:30 pm Training

    Wednesday, April 6

    6:00-8:30 pm Training

    Thursday, April 7


  • Professor Quaintance has been nominated for a Villa I Tatti Fellowship for post-doctoral research at the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti.  The center, which is located just outside of Florence, Italy, is devoted to advanced study of the Renaissance in all its aspects, including art, literature and music; social and economic history; the history of science, religion, and philosophy.  Each academic  year, Villa I...

  • Dear French majors and minors,

    During your time at Dartmouth, you have probably met one of the graduate students from Lyon who organize activities in the French apartments and serve as ATs each year.  Now we are inviting you to participate in what is in fact an exchange program allowing the French section to offer a one-year position as an English assistant.  In the past students usually taught in a secondary school while auditing courses at the Ecole Normale Supérieure....

  • In his 1998 novel, The Elementary Particles, Michel Houellebecq argued that Charlie Hebdo played a pivotal role in the redefinition of social values in post-1968 France.

    For self-appointed troublemaker Houellebecq, Charlie Hebdo was more than a weekly newspaper devoted to the “contestation of capitalism.” It was also instrumental in importing the “North American hedonist-...

  • The Larry Scher Memorial Award recognizes the best essay presented at the Nineteenth-Century French Studies colloquium by an untenured PhD within the first 6 years of receiving the degree. The title of Professor St. Clair's paper was "Fuites esthétiques - Rimbaud's Sensational (Eco)poetics" which he presented at the Nineteenth-Century French Studies colloquium in October.


    Par les soirs bleus d'été, j'irai dans les sentiers,
    Picoté par les blés, fouler l'herbe...

  • The Making of the University of California Book of North African Literature: How to Put 2500 Years of Maghrebian Literature Into One Book

    11/06/14, Habib Tengour & Pierre Joris

    The Making of the University of California Book of North African Literature, or: How to Put 2500 Years of Maghrebian Literature Into One Book
    The University of California Book of North African Literature recently published by the University of California Press is volume 4 in the Poems for...