The Department of French and Italian
Department of French and Italian

 In the Summer issue of the Quarterly Journal of Military History, Professor Guy Raffa published "Dante At Arms", a piece which connects Dante's own experiences in the Battle of Campaldino and the Siege of Camprona to his graphic and often brutal descriptions of sinners' punishments in Inferno. Dante fought on behalf on the Guelphs during their struggle against the Ghibellines for power in Florence, and Prof. Raffa unravels the depth of their impact as revealed in Dante's writing. 


jViola Green successfully defends dissertation "Native and Non-Native Intuitions on the Phonology of Binomial Locutions."  Please join the department in celebrating this achievement by French Graduate Student, Viola Green - bonne réussite! 


utBarbara Bullock receives Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. This prestigous award recognizes an outstanding performance and a consistent level of excellence achieved in teaching students within the Department of French and Italian. Félicitations! 
utHerve Picherit receives Josefina Paredes Endowed Teaching Award for the academic year of 2015-2016.  This award recognizes junior faculty within the College of Liberal Arts who exemplify a commitment to excellence and outstanding teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. 
jCongratulations to Anna Troyansky Dow, who successfully defended her PhD dissertation, "Mother daughter tongue: The language use of North African women in France"
mattMatthew Rabatin successfully defends dissertation Please join us in congratulating one of our Italian students, Matthew Rabatin, on a successful defense of his dissertation, titled "O, partigiano, portami via! Men, Sexuality, and the Italian Resistance."  Bravo, Matt! 

aLyon Program Alum Accepted into TAPIF Congratulations to graduating senior and Lyon Program alumnus, Amy Marsh on her acceptance in the Teaching Abroad Program in France for the academic year of 2016-17.  We are pleased to announce that Amy will be returning to France to teach English in a French public school for seven months. Bon travail, Amy! 


David Birdsong,

Chair of French & Italian

David Birdsong,

The Department of French and Italian offers innovative instruction and research in literature, language, and linguistics, as well as in cultural and visual studies.

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