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.  


Latest News

February 15, 2017

Very proud of undergraduate French student and WI Idea Fellowship recipient, Swetha Saseedhar, for her work with a team of UW students who completed a comprehensive study of poverty in Dane, Jefferson, and Waukesha counties. Recent article


February 3, 2017

The department's Professional French Masters Program (PFMP) brings pro translators to its master's skills workshops - read the article here!


January 11, 2017

Congratulations to Lauren Goodspeed who is the recipient of a 2017 Campus-Wide TA Award for Innovation in Teaching. Thank you for your contributions to the French program at UW-Madison, Lauren, and kudos on this well deserved recognition!


December 14, 2016

Congratulations to undergraduate Italian student Harrison Glazier who was recently awarded a Ciao! Scholarship to study abroad in Italy next semester! Harrison will study at the Bocconi Institute in Milan and is working towards a certificate in Italian and a major in Business. 


December 7, 2016

Congratulations to French graduate student Sarah Forzley whose article titled, "Silence and movement in Malika Mokeddem's L'Interdite" will be published in the journal Chimères! The electronic version will be available here on December 12!


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Outreach & Events

Feb 20, 2017
Event Type: 

La grande bellezza

7pm, Education L196

Feb 22, 2017
Event Type: 

François Tochon ~ Poetry, Depth, and Displaced Children

Tessa Sermet ~ A Train that Never Stops: The Cyclical and the Linear in Le Transperceneige/Snowpiercer

Kristin Phillips-Court ~ Vasari's Unforced Error

Feb 27, 2017
Event Type: 

La vita è bella

7pm, Education L196

Mar 6, 2017

Come to learn about: academics, housing, scholarships and funding, life abroad, travel opportunities in francophone countries and more. 

Intellectual Endeavors

L'Esprit (dé)réglé: Literature, Sciences de l’homme, and the Life of the Mind in France, 1700-1900

Co-edited with Anne Vila, "L'Esprit (dé)réglé: Literature, Sciences de l’homme, and the Life of the Mind in France, 1700-1900,” a special issue of L'Esprit créateur


As we emphasize in the final note to our introduction, "Several articles in this special issue were initially presented at an international and interdisciplinary conference on “The Life of the Mind” that was held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 16–18, 2015. We would like to thank all the participants, colleagues, and students who contributed to the success of the conference, along with the many campus units that supported it: the Anonymous Fund, the Center for European Studies, the School of Music, the Division of International Studies, the Center for the Humanities, the Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies, and the Department of French and Italian. We are also grateful to the UW-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education for supporting this publication project with a Project Assistantship, and to our Project Assistants, Kelsey Roy and Tessa Sermet, for their careful editing of the articles."