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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 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.


In the Community

  • Thomas Baldwin's Lecture: "Proust in Theory (Barthes, Deleuze, Guattari)"

    Thomas Baldwin will talk on Friday April 3rd on the topic, "Proust in Theory (Barthes, Deleuze, Guattari)". The lecture will take place in 121 Folwell at 2:30 PM.

    Thomas Baldwin is Reader in French at the University of Kent (UK), where he directs the MA in Modern French Studies and is co-director of the Centre for Modern European Literature. He is also the general editor of the Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature.

    Thomas Baldwin's research interests are in nineteenth and twentieth century French literature, post-war literary and critical theory, and the relation between the literary and the visual (in painting and photography). He has published extensively on Marcel Proust, Roland Barthes, Gilles Deleuze, and Felix Guattari.

    During his visit to Minnesota, Thomas Baldwin will also lead a workshop for faculty and graduate students on Anne F. Garréta’s La Décomposition. Garréta’s novel is a complex critical palimpsest of Marcel Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu in the mode of detective fiction. The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 2nd from 11-12:30pm.

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  • "Proust in Theory (Barthes, Deleuze, Guattari)"

    Thomas Baldwin Lecture

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

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