The Department of French and Italian

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

FIGSO Working Papers Series

Martino Lovato and Ettore Marchetti to present

Fri, November 15, 2013 | HRH 2.118 (Lounge)

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

FIGSO Working Papers Series

Martino Lovato (Comparative Literature)

The Isthmus on a Polytheist Sea: Identity Performance and Historiographic Fabulation in A. Meddeb’s Phantasia.

Is there a Mediterranean literature? What is it, and how is it to be read? After an introduction to the method I employ for answering to these questions, I present how the notion of isthmus, as presented in the Medieval theosophy of  Ibn Arabi, informs A. Meddeb’s construction of the narrating ‘I’ in Phantasia (1986). This notion, I argue, makes the protagonist’s  flânerie through the streets of Paris a narrative travel between two shores of the Mediterranean, one through which the author addresses  a multilingual audience “with one face.


Ettore Marchetti (Italian Studies)

The Language of Contemporary Italian Cinema: Language Varieties in the New Italian Comedy

Since the day the first film was released in Italy, spoken language and cinema have always been tied.  Language was important also in mute films, since captions were used to summarize the most salient parts. Over the years the interest of cinema for the Italian language's internal differentiation, and for its crucial role in characterizing both the society and its metamorphosis, has constantly grown. I will be presenting the prospectus of my doctorate dissertation, which explores the way in which contemporary Italian cinema reflects and measures contemporary linguistic trends.

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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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