News & Announcements for French and Italian

Proust 21, a New Consortium for Digital Humanities and French Literary Studies

Published Date:April 17, 2017

The Department of French and Italian and the University Library are pleased to announce the creation of the Proust21 Consortium for Digital Humanities and French Literary Studies. This research consortium brings together the Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes (Centre national de la recherche scientifique/École normale supérieure, Paris), the Université Grenoble Alpes, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A first project by this consortium, “Marcel Proust’s World War I Letters: A Digital Edition,” has just been awarded major funding by the Centers of Excellence of the French Embassy in the USA and the Mission du Centenaire (WWI Centennial Commission, France). The consortium’s research team will edit, digitize and annotate nearly 300 letters by or to Marcel Proust related to World War I, making them publicly available on an open-access website. Graduate students enrolled in French 578: Marcel Proust (Fall 2017) will contribute to this project.

Published Date: April 17, 2017


Two Alumnae Recently Tenured

Published Date:April 17, 2017

Leila Ennaili and Lizzie Black, who both graduated with a Ph.D. in French Studies in 2011, were recently awarded tenure by Central Michigan University and Old Dominion University respectively.

Published Date: April 17, 2017


Eric Becker featured in Belgian local news

Published Date:April 10, 2017

Specializing in French linguistics, Eric Becker is featured in the latest edition of PF Magazine after doing fieldwork in Leeuw-St. Pieters-Leeuw about the status and experience of French speakers in this Flemish municipality outside of Brussels. http://www.leeuw-saint-pierre.be/archives/PF126.pdf

Published Date: April 10, 2017


Professor Eleonora Stoppino, French and Italian, receives IPRH Faculty Fellowship for 2017-18

Published Date:March 22, 2017

Eleonora Stoppino, Associate Professor and Italian, has been awarded a Faculty Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year from the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH). The IPRH theme for 2017-2018 is “Paradigm Shifts.” IPRH grants fellowships to Illinois faculty and graduate students, who spend the year engaged in research and writing. Faculty Fellows are provided with one semester of release time and research funds. Professor Stoppino also is Undergraduate Advisor in Italian and Director of the Program in Medieval Studies. Her research interests include literature and culture of the Middle Ages and Early Modern period; Dante, Boccaccio, Ariosto, Tasso, the Italian epic tradition, and medieval conduct literature; gender studies; travel literature and Mediterranean studies; philology and semiotics; and animal studies.

Published Date: March 22, 2017


Professor Manuel Rota, French and Italian, is Center for Advanced Study Associate for 2017-18

Published Date:March 22, 2017

Manuel Rota, Professor of French and Italian, has been named a CAS (Center for Advanced Study) Associate for the 2017-18 academic year. Each year, the tenured and untenured U of I faculty are invited to submit scholarly or creative proposals for consideration by the Center’s permanent Professors. Faculty members with winning proposals are appointed Associates and Fellows and awarded one semester of release time to pursue their projects in the coming academic year. Rota’s project is entitled, "Before Unemployment: Work, Idleness and the Uber-working class." Associates are invited to participate in CAS events and have opportunities to present their work to the CAS community. Thus, each year brings together the established and the new in an ever-changing flux of ideas and disciplines.

Published Date: March 22, 2017