The Department of French and Italian

Carlos Devin Fernandez

M.A. in Italian Studies, B.A. in Greek and Latin, Florida State University

Assistant Instructor, Graduate Student
Carlos Devin Fernandez



Thirteenth and Fourteenth Century Italian Literature, History, and Culture; Dante Studies; The 'Questione della lingua;' The Classical Tradition in Medieval and Renaissance Italy; Historical Romance Linguistics; Ancient and Medieval Warfare


Carlos Devin Fernandez (M.A., B.A., Florida State University) is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin.

Devin completed his B.A. in Greek and Latin (with Honors, and with Minors in Italian and History) in 2016, and then his M.A. in Italian Studies in 2018. As an M.A. student at Florida State, Devin was the instructor of introductory and intermediate Italian language courses from 2016 to 2018, receiving a nomination for the Graduate School's "Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award" in 2018. 

As an assistant instructor at UT-Austin, Devin received a nomination for the "Texas Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Award" in 2021. Devin was also admitted to the Doctoral Portfolio Program in Romance Linguistics in Fall 2020.

Devin is currently a lesson series author and research assistant at the Linguistics Research Center at UT-Austin. Devin joined the team in June 2020 to work on online resources for the Old Italian (Old Florentine) lesson series. The online lesson series is designed to help visitors to the site learn how to read Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Stampa, and other medieval and Renaissance Italian authors in the original language.

Devin is primarily interested in late medieval Italian literature, history, and culture, with a particular focus on Dante. Given his interdisciplinary academic background, however, Devin is also interested in the Latin-Vernacular debate and the later 'Questione della lingua,' the reception of Greco-Roman antiquity in medieval and Renaissance Italian literature, Historical Romance Linguistics, and military history, especially ancient and medieval warfare. 


ITL 601C • Beginning Italian-Wb

37055 • Spring 2021
Meets MWF 2:00PM-4:00PM
Internet; Synchronous

Course objectives:

In ITL 601C, we will cover six of the twelve chapters of the textbook Piazza including the exercises assigned on the online platform iLrn.

By the end of ITL 601C, you will:

• be able to carry on a conversation in Italian about basic topics with good pronunciation, using the indicative present and different past tenses;

• possess a sizeable vocabulary of 500-800 words;

• be capable of understanding and discussing simple cultural topics;

• write short compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose;

• read short essays.

In order to foster the ability to speak and understand the target language in the most effective way, we will mostly use class time for group activities that apply the grammatical notions learned to life-like situations. This kind of higher level exercise will require a constant, active participation from every class member in class and solid preparation at home. For this reason, homework is critical and MUST be completed every day: you should expect to spend at least 2 hours per day, for a total of at least 12 hours every week, on homework.



ITL 601C • Beginning Italian-Wb

35885 • Fall 2020
Meets MWF 10:00AM-12:00PM
Internet; Synchronous

In ITL 601C - Beginning Italian, students will learn the basics of Italian. After the course, students will be able to: (1) maintain a conversation about basic topics in Italian with good pronunciation, using the present indicative and different past tenses, (2) possess a vocabulary of around 500-800 words, (3) understand and discuss simple cultural topics, (4) write short compositions in Italian prose, and (5) read short essays.

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