Department of French and Italian

College of Letters & Science


Course on Machiavelli Reaches Across Departments & Programs

April 5, 2018

ITALIAN 365: Machiavelli and His World is a three credit course that introduces students to the major works of Machiavelli through the close reading of his writings in cultural and historical contexts. Offered jointly with Political Science, Integrated Liberal Studies, and Literature in Translation, the course aims to cultivate in students a broad understanding of Machiavelli's principal intellectual attitudes, a deeper understanding of his literary sensibility, and the ability to articulate controversies and complexities surrounding his thought. Offered Fall 2018, MW 4:30 - 5:45 PM. Instructor: Kristin Phillips-Court.

New French course connects Literature and Medicine

March 28, 2018

This 3 credit course, taught in French, will examine "Les maux et let mots: La médecine et la culture de Molière à Mesmer" / "Woes and Words: Medicine and Culture from Molière to Mesmer." Using the tools of both cultural history and close literary analysis, this course will survey the interactions between literature and medicine in the eighteenth century, the period commonly known as the Enlightenment. FRENCH 464 is designed to provide a capstone-like experience for undergraduate French majors and certificate students, as well as to meet medical school requirements for a literature course, including the required writing component (a substantial final term paper that entails some research). Offered Fall 2018, TR 4:45 - 6:00 PM. Instructor: Anne Vila.

Online Course Option for Summer

March 22, 2018

Looking to earn some credit this summer? Whether you're on campus or off, Littrans 360: French and Italian Renaissance Literature Online is an ideal course for summer! It's flexible (take it anywhere, anytime), simple (no midterm or final), and fun (creative and optional extra credit opportunities). This 3 credit, intermediate course will run from June 18 through August 12. More information available in Course Guide. 

Outreach & Events

Apr 25, 2018
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This seminar will feature presentations of ongoing scholarly work by the graduate students, academic staff and faculty of the department, and a lively discussion following.  The languages will be English, French and Italian.  Discussion will be held in English.

May 5, 2018
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French language compeition for high school and middle school students. Organized by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of France. 

May 12, 2018

Graduation Celebration to honor French and Italian graduating majors and certificate students. Join French and Italian faculty and staff for hors d'ouevres and drinks before heading to Camp Randall for Commencement.