University of Minnesota
Department of French & Italian

Department of French & Italian.

Department of French & Italian

Welcome to the Department of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota. The Department offers undergraduate and graduate courses on the language, literature, and culture of France, the broader Francophone world, and Italy. At all levels, our courses are designed to provide the linguistic skills and to enhance the kind of critical thinking needed to explore other cultures, other historical periods, and to discover what makes them meaningful today.

  • World Languages Fair

    We all know languages help bridge the cultural gap, but more importantly, they bridge the hearts. At the World Languages Fair, students, faculty, and staff can not only get to know what languages the University of Minnesota has to offer, but also the languages represented by the international community on campus. Come to join us!

    April 10th, 2-6 P.M.
    Coffman Great Hall
    Presented by Lingo and MISA

  • FRIT Graduate Conference

    Thinking Community

    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Twin Cities
    April 8-9 2016

    Conference Schedule

    Friday, April 8                                                                                                                            
    2:00-3:30 pm                            Workshop with Carolyn Dean (Yale University)

    Folwell Hall 112                       Paper discussed: "Minimalism and Victim Testimony" (pre-

                                                      Coffee and refreshments provided

    5:00-7:00 pm                        Opening Remarks- Bruno (Chair of the Department of 
                                                      French and Italian)

                                            Carolyn Dean (Yale University)

    Nolte Center 125                      “The Making of the Secular Witness: David Rousset and the Voices of 
                                                       Suffering Humanity” 

                                                       Followed by reception

            Saturday, April 9

              9:30-10:00 am                             Breakfast 

              Folwell Hall 108
            10:00-11:30 am                           Panel 1: Representing Otherness and Communities
              Folwell Hall 108

             Sandra Rellier (Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese Studies, University of Minnesota)
             “The Fragmented Body in Chocolat and Tabu”

             Agnès Schaffauser (Dept. of French & Italian, University of Minnesota)
             “Silences in French Colonial History or how to “Think Community” with blood on one’s 


             Selim Rauer (Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle / Dept. of French & Italian,

             University of Minnesota) 
            “The Impossible National Community: The Dramaturge Bernard-Marie Koltès and the 
             Issue of Otherness in France in  the 1980s”

            11:30-12:15 pm                           Lunch provided 
            Folwell Hall 108    

            12:15-1:45 pm                           Panel 2: Tracing Individuality and Community
            Folwell Hall 108


            Shiloh Stone (Dept. of French & Italian, University of Minnesota) 
            “Mining Hope: Forging Community in the Depths of the Earth”

          Patrick Lyons (French Dept., University of California, Berkeley)
           “Being Together Undone: Jules Romains’ Les Copains and the Confused
            Philosophies of Friendship and Community”

           Kate Droske (Dept. of French & Italian, University of Minnesota)
           “From Yetis to Trolls: L’être at the Outer Limits of Correspondence”

          This event is not open to the public

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Undergraduate News

  • Game of Thrones Season 6
  • Sports and the Body in Modern France

    We are very excited to be offering a brand-new undergraduate French course this spring. Please consider enrolling today!

    French 3650, Section 002: "Sports and the Body in Modern France"
    MW: 8:15 A.M.-9:30 A.M.
    3 credits

    Description: Prerequisite: FREN 3015. In the lead-up to the Rio Olympics and the Moscow World Cup, this course will examine the cultural and political uses of sport in the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries, as well as some of the many ways sports have been imagined to make or unmake bodies. Through encounters with literary texts, criticism, film and other cultural materials, we will parse attempts to define what sport is and is not, to understand sport’s ethical, aesthetic, and political implications in the era of mass spectacle, and to describe how sports have participated in shaping bodies in modernity. From the athletic young girls in Proust’s À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs to the sinister games in Perec’s W, from the mythologized footballer in Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s “La Mélancolie de Zidane” to Barthes’ sport “mythologies,” this course will pay close attention to how athletic gestures have been imagined to express aspects of ethnicity, gender, and class identity in motion.

    Instructor: T. Wilds
  • Upcoming Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference


    The Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference will be held April 6-8, 2016. The UIC is in its fourth year and provides an opportunity for students with majors or minors in French Studies, Italian Studies, Spanish/Portuguese Studies, ALL, GSD, or GLOS to to showcase their work.

    In addition to traditional conference panels and presentations, this year they will be asking students to propose collaborative and discussion-based sessions. The application and abstract deadline is February 24th. More information will be made available on the UIC website Questions may be directed to Maryanne Williams at

  • Mulhollem Cravens Leadership Scholarship

    $5,000 Internship Award for CLA Students

    CLA Career Services introduces the Mulhollem Cravens Leadership Scholarship. This scholarship opportunity will combine the hands-on experience of a summer internship with an internship reflection course, enhanced career coaching and alumni mentoring opportunities.

    Application deadline is December 15. No need to have an internship secured by the time of application. For more information and to apply, visit

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Graduate News

  • 10/6 SUNY Press: Proposal to Bookshelves by Dr. Beth Bouloukos

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    How can you write a proposal that will survive the trip from the mail room to the editor’s desk? Did you ever wonder what editors look for when reading proposals? What factors are the most important when editors decide to acquire a book? How do you know what press would be best for you? How do youfind an editor who will appreciate your work? What questions should you ask about the production and marketing of your manuscript? What are the different factors you should think about when writing your first, second, or tenth book?

    Dr. Beth Bouloukos, Senior Acquisition Editor at SUNY Press, will address these issues in her talk about academic publishing in the humanities.Beth Bouloukos received her PhD in Hispanic Studies from Cornell University. She is a senior acquisitions editor at the State University of New York Press, where she develops the lists in education, Latin American and Iberian studies, sexuality studies, and women's and gender studies. The books she has acquired have won several prestigious awards. Beth has also taught Latin American literature, film, and cultural studies at Fairfield University in CT and the University at Albany-SUNY. She recently contributed an article to an edited volume on 1960’s gay pulp fiction that was published this past winter with the University of Massachusetts Press.

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