Research Seminar


The French and Italian Research Seminar was started in 2015 with the purpose of highlighting research by advanced graduate students, faculty and academic staff in our department.  Once a month during the academic year we invite three participants to present their current research in a condensed but accessible form, and then to field questions from the public.  We attempt to strike a balance between graduate students and faculty, French and Italian; the languages are English, French and Italian.  Since its inception the seminar has attracted a large following, with 35-50 people in attendance from within and outside the department.

2017-2018 SERIES

ORGANIZERS: Stefania BucciniLauren Surovi & Jeffrey Thomas

Annalisa CascianiAgricola Cornelia S.p.a: the Cognitive Power of Agriculture in Baruchello’s Aesthetic Experimentation

Jarmilla Sawicka, Evaluating the Efficiency of Blended vs Face-to-Face Learning in French 347 and 348 

Jeffrey ThomasFlaubert en Corse

Jelena Todorovic, Dante and His Heretics: A Historical Perspective 

Lauren GoodspeedGenre-based Writing and Textual Borrowing: How Elementary-level Collegiate French Learners Use Model Texts to Design Meaning

Lauren Surovi, “Per procacciarvi il rimedio con il proprio sangue”: Pietro Aretino and the Satirical Remedy

Matteo Billeri, A Femisit on Futurism: Sibilaa Aleramo’s ‘Il futurismo italiano’ (MS, 1912) 

Nevine El Nossery, Fictional Truth in Francophone Women’s War Memories and Autobiographical Novels

Rommel Jimenez, Olimpia the Abandoned or Olimpia the Fool?

Sandra DescourtisThe Story of Ilona: Translanguaging Moments

Sarah Forzley, Toward a Postcolonial Trauma Theory: Assia Djebar’s ‘Le Blanc de l’Algérie’

Vlad Dima, Peaullicule: From Sound to Skin


2016-2017 SERIES

Anne Vila, Tips for Scholars from Dr. Tissot

Anthony Radoiu, Medieval and Early Modern Poetic Experiences of Captivity: Realities of Confinement, Visions of Liberty

Ben Hair, Albert Camus & Modern Buddhism : A Secular Ethics for the 21st Century

Caitlin SchaerHow to Explain a Supernatural Illness: The Case of Tarantism in Southern Italy

Eric Wistrom, Border States of Luminary Allegory and (Counter-)Exemplarity in Théophile de Viau’s Theophilus in carcere

Francois Tochon, Poetry, Depth, and Displaced Children

Gilles Bousquet, Carlo Annelli, Caitlin Yocco, Learn Local, Live Global? Exploring a University’s Alumni and Global Connections

Irene Hatzopoulos, Directorial Voice in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Comizi d’amore

Jarmila Sawicka, Sheets of Sound: Composing Jazz om Christian Gailly’s Un Sloir au club

Jennifer MorganMusic of Mortality: The Use of Percussion Instruments in Danse Macabre Texts

Katherine Blackman, Remembering Shame: “La fausse honte” in Rousseau’s La Novelle Héloïse

Kristin Phillips-Court, Vasari’s Unforced Error

Lauren Surovi, A Sublime Virtù: Translating History, Power, and the Human in Machiavelli’s Principe

Martine Debaisieux, Peau d’Ane” musicienne, ou les entremises de la perversion chez Jacques Demy

Patrick Rumble, Paolo Gioli: The Last of the [First] Filmmakers

Richard Goodkin, Sociology between Mathematics and Literature: Émile Durkheim’s Calculus of Suicide

Ritt Deitz, Alumni Involvement as Pedagogy : Storytelling in the Professional French Masters Program

Samantha Mattocci, Boccaccio the Scribe: the Case of MS Laurenziano Pluteo 29.8

Stefania Buccini, Seventeenth-Century Fiction Lost (and Regained)

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

Ullrich Langer, Meanings of the Ephemeral (Petrarch, Noir Désir, Ronsard)

2015-2016 SERIES

Amy ClayYou just messed up my whole idea of how this works: One L2 French learner’s knowledge about agreement & the ‘passé compose’

Caitlin Yocco-Locascio, The Body as Trash in Cedric Klapisch’s ‘Paris’

Heather Willis Allen & Lauren Goodspeed, Facilitating Foreign Language Writing Development through Textual Borrowing

Jan Miernowski, Humanism, Antihumanism, Posthumanism

Jeffrey ThomasFlaubert à Nîmes

Joshua Armstrong, Point of No Return: the Threshold of Animal Extinction in Jean-Christophe Bailly and Eric Chevillard

Kelsey Roy, Libertine Spectatorship and Ingenues in Diderot’s ‘Salon de 1765’

Nathan Germain, Water, Earch, and the Infinity of Being: Relational Identities and Immortality in Hugo and Verne

Paola Villa, Falling Down a Stairwell : Complex Narrative Planes in Italo Calvino and Francis Ponge

Vlad Dima, Gr8 Form Over Content