The Department of French and Italian

Italian Placement Testing on 08/28 in HRH 2.106B @ 1:30 pm

FIGSO Working Paper Series

Fri, February 17, 2012

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

FIGSO Working Paper Series

Picturing an Industrialized Experience: The Development of the Brande Dessinée and the Railway in Nineteenth-Century France by Meredith Lehman

This paper considers the interdependent development of the railway and the bande dessinée in relation to Freud’s theory of stimulus shield. I will examine how the railway and the comic strip, although seemingly dierent phenomena developing within years of each other, both reected and even catalyzed signicant changes in the individual’s experience of space and time, forcing him or her to acquire an eye suitable for processing a world in motion.


Le Monstrueux au féminin: la Religieuse de Diderot by Valérie Masson

Cette étude analyse la présence du monstrueux dans l’oeuvre de Diderot, La Religieuse, et démontre que son origine ne réside pas seulement dans la répression des instincts naturels des religieuses, dû à l’univers clos du couvent, mais surtout dans le mélange des sexes. Les femmes représentées dans La Religieuse font preuve en eet d’un déséquilibre qui les font sortir des délimitations de leur sexe. Leur monstruosité reète la menace qu’elles représentent pour la société.


L’homme est-il un Animal Dénaturé by Yasmina Fawaz 

This essay compares the treatment of man and animal in Vercor’s novel, Les Animaux Dénaturés, and Rousseau’s, Discours sur l’Origine de l’Inégualité parmi les Hommes. Vercors’s novel, written in the aftermath of WW II reects on man’s desire to dominate his environment and is in conversation with Rousseau’s Second Discourse.

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Tavola Italiana

Informal Italian conversation practice Fridays 3-4pm at the Texas Union's Cactus Café. Open to all students of Italian. Contact Antonella Olson for more information.

Le Cercle français

Informal French conversation practice Fridays in the Texas Union's Cactus Café from 3-4pm. Open to all students of French. Contact Nancy Guilloteau for more information.


Italian Placement Testing 

Professor Antonella will be administering placement exams on Monday, August 28th in HRH 2.106B at 1:30 pm. If you are seeking to take an Italian Language Placement Test, please attend this session. Due to time constraints makeups are not guranteed.

Cineforum Italiano

Hosting Italian films with English subtitles every Thursdays at 8:00 pm in Mezes B0.306. 

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