The Department of French and Italian

FRIT Course Spotlights - Fall 2021

This page spotlights specific courses in the upcoming registration cycle. To explore all course offerings in the department by field of study and semester, click here: UT FRIT Courses. 


F C 342 / FR 392K French through Coding (37375)

Dr. Barbara Bullock

Unique #:37375
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM
MEZ 1.102
(also listed as FR 392K)
The course carries the Independent Inquiry Flag.

The goal of this course is to teach students basic computational tools and skills to automatically process language so that they can explore aspects of contemporary foreign language usage that are of interest to them. Students will engage in independent investigation regarding both linguistic and coding topics. The language topics they research will be generated by the students themselves, based on what they have learned about French language and culture in their studies and experiences abroad. While they will be taught basic python in the course, they will also independently work to ‘hack’, manipulate, and debug the code snippets they have and those that they can find on-line using the resources that all coders exploit like Stack Exchange.

Students enrolled in FR392K are expected to have a more advanced knowledge of French linguistics and a greater proficiency in French. View the petition for F C 342 / FR 392K here.

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FR 390M Thresholds of Identity: Crossing Boundaries in 19th-century France (37279)

Dr. Alexandra K. Wettlaufer

Unique #:37279
Meets W 1:00PM-4:00PM
HRH 2.106C
(also listed as C L 386, WGS 393)


Required Texts:

Chateaubriand, Atala and René

Staël, Corinne

Duras, Ourika

Balzac, Le Père Goriot

Sand, Indiana

Tristan, Pérégrinations d’une paria

Baudelaire, Le Spleen de Paris

Fromentin, Une année dans le Sahel

Flaubert, Trois contes

Zola, Nana

Rachilde, Monsieur Vénus


            This course will consider the ideas of borders, boundaries, and transgression in nineteenth-century French fiction, with a particular focus on the (re)construction of national and gendered identities in France from the Revolution of 1789 to the fin-de-siècle. At the same time, we will think about disruptions of form and genre, the role of the artist during the period, and the social/political implications of identity, voice, and subjectivity. In an increasingly mobile culture, where travel, migration, displacement, colonization, and cosmopolitanisms modeled new conceptions of inclusion and exclusion, the thresholds of place and space, self and other, and the fundamental role of liminality and uncertainty took on new meanings in the French imaginary. Our readings will include novels set in Louisiana, Italy, the Caribbean, Peru, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Ile Bourbon (Réunion) as well as in Paris and the provinces, as we explore the role of alterity—other places, other spaces, and other voices—in nineteenth-century France’s field of cultural production and its volatile political landscape.      


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FR 351 Narrating the Multilingual Self (37244)

Dr. Carl Blyth 

Unique #:37244
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM
HRH 4.102B
May be counted toward the Global Cultures flag requirement.

Narrative and identity are often regarded as closely connected. As such, narratives are seen as one of the prime vehicles for expressing identity. In fact, narrative analysts have gone so far as to argue that the stories we tell about ourselves as well as the stories others tell about us play an important role in our development of a “sense of self.” Along these lines, the psychologist Jerome Bruner has argued that “in the end, we become the autobiographical narratives by which we ‘tell about’ our lives” (1994: 53).

In this course, we will explore the stories of “multilingual francophones,” including the stories of French language learners. How do multilingual francophones think and feel about their languages?  For example, many bilinguals note that their different languages are closely tied to their cultural identities or different linguistic selves. What exactly does the French language symbolize for different multilingual speakers? For immigrants to a francophone country, French may represent a struggle to find one’s place in an alien society. Canadian French speakers often recount feelings of linguistic insecurity as well as ethnic pride  when speaking their dialect.  To Cajuns in Louisiana, French often symbolizes the pain and regret that typically accompanies the loss of an ancestral language.  And what about classroom learners of French?  What does the French language mean to them? Do they experience language learning as an expansion of their sense of self? In this course, students will read and analyze short stories, diaries and novels written by French multilinguals. We will also read secondary works by linguists and psychologists to understand the relationship between language development and identity development.  Finally, students in this course will have the opportunity to reflect on of their own multilingual experiences.


  • 20% Oral participation (in class discussion)
  • 20% Canvas discussion (written responses to prompts)
  • 20% Interpretive essays (based on narrative texts)
  • 40% Written personal narratives

***Notice of Fall 2021 Prerequisite Change - FR 351C (Narrating Multilingual Self) prerequisite requirement has changed from 3hrs of FR 325C/D/E to FR 322E. If you are interested in enrolling in FR 351C and have completed FR 322E or will complete it by the start of Fall 2021, please complete this Prerequisite Waiver Request Form so that a registration system override of prerequisite will be entered for you, allowing you to self-enroll in any open seat(s) in FR 351C. Please note that while FR 325C/D/E is no longer the prerequisite for the course, it is still strongly recommended to take FR 325C/D/E as a co-requisite with FR 351C. The prerequisite of successful completion of FR 322E will be checked at the start of the Fall 2021 semester for all students enrolled in FR 351C, and anyone who does not demonstrate the required prerequisite of FR 322E will be dropped at that time and notified via Secure Academic Note. 

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ITL 348 – Italian Drama Workshop (37475)

Prof. Antonella Del Fattore Olson

Unique #:37475
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM
MEZ 2.124
May be counted toward the Global Cultures flag requirement.

Radio Dramma 

In this class, you will reach a deeper understanding of contemporary Italian culture, improve your pronunciation and intonation and make progress in the Italian language through performing art skills.

We will read and stage short plays by four major Italian playwrights: Dario Fo, Franca Rame, Dacia Maraini, Ascanio Celestini and study the social, historical and cultural background that inspired them. Our main focus will be on Feminism and Immigration; controversial topics with which we will deal in the Italian style…with humor and irony. With this spirit, we will enrich the course by writing together a new short play based upon an event that took place in Italy in 2020. View the Fall 2021 course description here.

For more information, please contact Prof. Antonella Del Fattore Olson 

NOTE: The course carries the Global Culture Flag! 

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ITC 338 Italian Television Advertising: Fashion, Food, Cars (37590) + Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum (FLAC)

Dr. Cinzia Russi

Unique #: 37590
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM
PMA 6.112
(also listed as EUS 347, WGS 340)
May be counted toward the Global Cultures flag requirement.

Interested in taking ITC 338 Italian Television Advertising: Fashion, Food, Cars with Dr. Cinzia Russi this Fall 2021, and having it count as a FLAC add-on? Contact the Texas Learning Center (TLC) at and be sure to reference ITC 338 with Dr. Cinzia Russi!

The TLC selects courses to be counted as FLAC add-ons based on expressions of interest from students (before and during registration). Learn more about Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum (FLAC). 

More about ITC 338 Italian Television Advertising: Fashion, Food, Cars with Dr. Cinzia Russi: "Italy is a country associated with “style”—life style (il dolce far niente), fashion style (Valentino, Prada, Gucci, etc.), film style (Fellini and the like), and, for better or for worse, a certain sort of rather effusive political style (Mussolini, Berlusconi, and their ilk, among others). The specific objective of this course is to categorize and analyze the major changes that have taken place in the peculiarly Italian style of television advertising during the past fifty years." View the Spring 2020  course description here. Previous syllabi can be found here. 

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ITL 325C Italian Through Cinema (37474) 

Guido CapaccioliDr. Paola Bonifazio

Unique #: 37474
Meets MW 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
PMA 5.122
May be counted toward the Independent Inquiry flag requirement.

If you want to improve your Italian language skills while watching films, you should definitely take this class! During the course, we will explore different topics in contemporary Italy such as migration, gender roles and sexualities, working conditions, media fandom, and racism. Students will also work on independent research in contemporary issues and create short video projects with the assistance of their instructor. 

NOTE: The course carries the Independent Inquiry Flag! 

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Undergraduate Advisor

Heather Peterson
BEN 2.108 (office currently closed)
Appointment Request 
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Undergraduate Faculty Advisors

Undergraduate Italian Faculty Advisor
Antonella Olson
HRH 2.106B (office currently closed)

Undergraduate French Faculty Advisor
Heather Pelletier
HRH 3.112A (office currently closed)

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