Department of French and Italian

College of Letters & Science


Welcome to Department of French and Italian 


Known for our particular intellectual atmosphere of exceptional quality and openness, we have long been recognized for our leadership in literary and critical scholarship, teaching excellence, and pedagogical research and training. We have a long tradition of internationalizing our curriculum, from our decades-old study abroad programs in Italy and the French-speaking world to our doctoral-level research exchanges to our professional master's curricula and required internships.  


  • Donations collected by FRIT students, faculty & staff! Many thanks to all who contributed!
  • Italian Teaching Assistant Ugo Brisolese in action!
  • Making baguettes - from scratch! - at The French House
  • A day in the life of Phillips-Court's graduate seminar on Humanism
  • French students and Faculty mix and mingle at our recent Welcome Reception

Latest News

November 8, 2016

The FRIT Climate Committee is sponsoring a new charity initiative called FRIT Gives Back. Help us collect non-perishable foodstuffs and winter clothing through Monday, Nov. 21. More info.


October 20, 2016

Interested in studying abroad in Italy next semester? There is a NEW $1,000 CIAO scholarship available. Apply by November 15, 2016!


October 11, 2016

New Study Abroad Program in Rabat, Morocco! Apply by January 27 for summer program. Check it out here!


August 25, 2016

FRIT is hiring Student Office Assistants for fall. Apply here. 


August 25, 2016

'Bilinguals are More Attractive, Say 71% of Americans.' Read the CNN article here.


August 16, 2016

ALUMNI CONVERSATIONS: Douglas Lechner, Department of Defense Education Activity. Class of 2012. Read the interview here. 


August 1, 2016

ALUMNI CONVERSATIONS: Lynsey Addario, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Class of '95. Read the interview here


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Outreach & Events

Mar 16, 2017
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Éric LE CALVEZ, Professor of French at Georgia State University

General topic title: "Et la lourde machine se mit en route.": L’analyse génétique de Madame Bovary


Mar 17, 2017
Event Type: 

Éric LE CALVEZ, Professor of French at Georgia State University

General topic title: "Et la lourde machine se mit en route.": L’analyse génétique de Madame Bovary

Professor Le Calvez’s particular specialty in genetic criticism: 2017 will be the year celebrating 160 years since the initial volume-publication of Madame Bovary.  He is currently preparing a monograph dedicated to the “avant-textes” & “brouillons” of this same novel.  Interaction with Prof. Le Calvez would provide our graduate students with a unique experience with this critical approach to literature that not only is asserting its importance in 19th-century studies, but to literary criticism as a whole.

Sep 15, 2017

French & Italian Department Picnic and FRIT cup Soccor Challenge! Bring a dish to pass and your own beverage. Plates, cups, siverware, napkins are provided. Guests are welcome!

Intellectual Endeavors

Sonic Space in Djibril Diop Mambety's Films

The art of Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambety’s cinema lies in the tension created between the visual narrative and the aural narrative. His work has been considered hugely influential, and his films bridge Western practices of filmmaking and oral traditions from West Africa. Mambety’s film Touki Boukiis considered one of the foundational works of African cinema. Vlad Dima proposes a new reading of Mambety’s entire filmography from the perspective of sound. Following recent analytical patterns in film studies that challenge the primacy of the visual, Dima claims that Mambety uses voices, noise, and silence as narrative tools that generate their own stories and sonic spaces. By turning an ear to cinema, Dima pushes African aesthetics to the foreground of artistic creativity and focuses on the critical importance of sound in world cinema.