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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.

  • Two Upcoming Events with Christophe Wall-Romana

    "Soirée Jean Epstein" 
    Jeudi, le 1 octobre — 19h
    Alliance Française Grande Salle,  113 N 1st St.
    $3 pour les membres, sinon $5.

    Faites la redécouverte d’un des grands cinéastes du muet qui a influencé toute l’histoire du cinéma... Nous montrerons et discuterons des extraits de ses films, tout en touchant à sa biographie, en une soirée interactive servant d’introduction à la belle rétrospective qui aura lieu au Walker Art Center en octobre et novembre 2015. Cet événement sera présenté en français par Christophe Wall-Romana, professeur à l’Université de Minnesota et Directeur des études “Graduate” au département de français et italien.

    Film Screening: FINIS TERRAE, 1928 (End of the Earth)
    Directed by Jean Epstein
    Part of The Intelligence of Cinema: Masterpieces of Jean Epstein
    “A masterpiece of silent cinema.” —Arte

    DATE       October 7, 2015
    TIME        7:30 pm
    PLACE     Walker Cinema
    PRICE     $9 ($7 Walker members, students, and seniors)
    Both sharing the experience of island life and the story of a group of kelp fisherman, the film becomes a psychological documentary seen through the eyes of a hallucinating character. Jean Epstein plays with subjective distortions of reality in one of the greatest films about fluid matter and sensation. 1928, DCP, 80 minutes.

    Post-Screening Discussion
    Following the screening, join Christophe Wall-Romana for a discussion about the film. Wall-Romana is associate professor in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota, where he is also affiliated with the new graduate major in Moving Image Studies. His research has focused on the textual intersections of French poetry and cinema, especially around the post–World War II narrative avant-garde in France. He is the author of Jean Epstein (Manchester, 2012), the first monograph in English on the filmmaker.

    Support for this program is provided by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, La Cinémathèque française, and the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago. This presentation is made possible by generous support from the Bentson Foundation.
  • In the Community: EXPO Milano 2015

    FRIT French student, Hanna Worku, along with 120 other US undergraduate and graduate students served as student ambassadors at the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015. Students from 94 universities, 34 states, together speaking 28 languages facilitated conversations with guests about the Expo theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life". Tours were given to a variety of international dignitaries, business leaders, and celebrities including U.S.First Lady Michelle Obama and the presidential delegation from the USA Pavilion on June 18th, 2015.

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  • 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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