The Department of French and Italian
Department of French and Italian


Congratulations to Nicholas Spinelli on his successful defense of his dissertation! This week, French studies Ph.D. student, Nicholas Spinelli, successfully defended his dissertation, "Family Friendly: Homo-Affinity in the French Sentimental Novel, 1770-1850". Félicitations!

utCongratulations to Cinzia Russi on the publication of her new book, Current Trends in Historical Sociolinguistics. The volume calls attention to comtemporary trends and innovative developments in the discipline, as well as highlights current research on the relationship between historical linguistics and sociolinguistics.  

 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. 

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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