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John Lyons Presents: « La singularité dans la pensée de Leo Strauss et le « pari » de Pascal »

April 5, 2019

John Lyons Presents: Tragédie et probabilité paradoxale : les récits concurrents

April 2, 2019

UVA French graduate, Peter Chekin's, PhD (2017) article has been accepted in the Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, the premier venue for Romance Linguistics studies

March 4, 2019

Recent UVA French graduate, Peter Chekin, PhD (2017) article: "Jean de joinville and the Old French rhotic consonant" has been accepted by the Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, the premier venue for Romance Linguistics studies.

"Based on textual evidence from Jean de Joinville’s Vie de saint Louis, this article argues that the Old French rhotic consonant /r/ had a dorsal pronunciation for at least some groups of medieval Francophones. This argument counters the prevailing view that medieval French /r/ was uniformly apical, and that the now-standard dorsal pronunciation only emerged in the early modern period. The article then develops the hypothesis that dorsal /r/ came into Old French as a result of Germanic influence, and not as a spontaneous development. For this purpose, it first surveys the current state of the debate about the origins of dorsal /r/ in the Germanic languages and evaluates the merits of its principal arguments in the light of Joinville’s testimony. The article then advances a sociolinguistic argument in favor of the Germanic-origins hypothesis. Using the available evidence for the interactions between Germanic- and Romance-speakers at the dawn of the written French language, it proposes that Carolingian-era nobles who were native speakers of Franconian dialects brought this pronunciation of /r/ into Old French, and that this sound subsequently persisted in some Old French aristocratic speech as part of a prestige accent."

 

Recent French graduate, Sam Campbell wins prestigious scholarship

February 28, 2019

Sam Campbell is serious about wildlife preservation – and now he has an avenue by which he can seriously pursue it.

Campbell, a 2017 University of Virginia graduate, will study the African wildlife trade in Asia as one of this year’s 18 Luce Scholarship recipients.

The Luce Scholars Program is a fellowship program launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia.  Click here for more.

The Writer's Gift or the Patron's Pleasure

Deborah McGrady announces publication of her new book. "The Writer's Gift or the Patron's Pleasure? The Literary Economy in Late Medieval France".

February 4, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homer

UVA ranks as the top university in the country in number of BA degrees awarded in French

February 1, 2019

 George’s first book, Montaigne’s Career, Oxford, 1998

Congratulations to George Hoffmann, PhD UVA 1990 and Professor of French at U Michigan, on winning the MLA's prestigious Scaglione Prize for his latest book, Reforming French Culture: Satire, Spiritual Alienation, & Connection to Strangers, Oxford, 2017.

January 9, 2019

Congratulations to George Hoffmann, PhD UVA 1990 and Professor of French at U Michigan, on winning the MLA's prestigious Scaglione Prize for his latest book, Reforming French Culture: Satire, Spiritual Alienation, & Connection to Strangers, Oxford, 2017.  George’s first book, Montaigne’s Career, Oxford, 1998, also won the Scaglione Prize.  

Antoine

The film critic and historian Antoine de Baecque is visiting us from the École Normale Supérieure (Paris). He is hosting two screenings this week, and will be giving a lecture entitled “Le cinéma est mort! Vive le cinéma!” on the 31st.

October 31, 2018

The film critic and historian Antoine de Baecque is visiting us from the École Normale Supérieure (Paris). He is hosting two screenings this week, and will be giving a lecture entitled “Le cinéma est mort! Vive le cinéma!” on the 31st. He was equally accompanied by doctoral candidate Claire-Marie Brisson and master’s student Beau Bryan as he visited Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Bienvenue!

Group picture

The UVA Department of French welcomed two guest speakers sponsored by The French Embassy, La Fondation Charles de Gaulle, and CCI Paris Ile-de-France on October 2.

October 2, 2018

The UVA Department of French welcomed two guest speakers sponsored by The French Embassy, La Fondation Charles de Gaulle, and CCI Paris Ile-de-France on October 2. Pictured here from left to right are Lova Rajaonarisoa, Claire-Marie Brisson - both from the Department of French, as well as Diane Grillère (Paris-Sorbonne; Fondation Charles de Gaulle) and Anaïs Ravet (CCI Paris Ile-de-France).

 

Lost Boy

Congratulations to UVA 2018 French Alum Christopher Benos Released his First Studio Album "Lost Boy".

August 29, 2018

Congratulations to French Department alum Christopher Benos for the recent release of his first studio album! “Lost Boy,” an album of impressionistic piano music, was written and recorded in Aix-en- Provence following time spent there on a study abroad trip with the Department. Some of the tracks were inspired by time spent studying and walking in the steps of Cézanne, others by time spent in the lavender plateau of Valensole. The album is available on all major music streaming platforms, including Spotify, linked below.

 

https://open.spotify.com/album/6bo5XzHJ8PPzDeY4tAKHka?si=QGjP 6r_LST-hqFa_giR28g

Claire Marie

Doctoral candidate Claire-Marie Brisson was invited as a special correspondent to French Canadian television on August 12, conducting two interviews on the one-year anniversary of Charlottesville's "Unite the Right" rally.

August 14, 2018

Doctoral candidate Claire-Marie Brisson was invited as a special correspondent to French Canadian television on August 12, conducting two interviews on the one-year anniversary of Charlottesville's "Unite the Right" rally. Click link below to hear interviews. Both interviews were aired on RDI Info - Francophone Canada's national news network as broadcast by Radio-Canada. Click here to view the second interview to their social media.

Jennifer

Professor Tsien reflects on her conflicted relationship with a classic novel in her personal essay, “The Danger of Liaisons,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction.

August 8, 2018

Professor Tsien reflects on her conflicted relationship with a classic novel in her personal essay, “The Danger of Liaisons,” Eighteenth-Century FictionClick here for link

 

 

Claire Marie

Claire-Marie Brisson has become our newest published author with her first journal publication, "Toppling Statues, Towering Walls: The Tumultuous United States in the Shadows of the Canadian Global Ideal,” journal Études Canadiennes / Canadian Studies

June 13, 2018

Claire-Marie Brisson has become our newest published author with her first journal publication, "Toppling Statues, Towering Walls: The Tumultuous United States in the Shadows of the Canadian Global Ideal,” due to appear in the journal Études Canadiennes / Canadian Studies N°85 (Le Canada, refuge américain / Canada: A Refuge from the United States) this December. This journal is published in Paris by L'Association Française d'Études Canadiennes.

 

Alex Natoli

Congratulations to Alexandra Natoli, (PhD, 2016), she has won the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellowship to conduct research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

June 11, 2018

Alex Natoli,(PhD 2016) has won the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellowship to conduct research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for four months next summer toward her current project, “Bodily Matters: Remembering Outhouse Space in the Nazi Camps.”  Alex has also secured a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Alfred University.

 

Graduates

Congratulations to the French Department's 2018 Doctoral and MA Graduates: Holly Runde, PhD; Saira Sohail, MA; Hannah Holtzman PhD

May 22, 2018

Congraulations to the French Departments 2018 Graduates:  Holly Runde, PhD; Saira Sohail, MA and Hannah Holtzman, PhD. 

MAAS Awards

Congratulations to Maas Award Winners: 1st Place - Michelle Brennaman; 2nd Place - India Eguiguren; 3rd Place - Naina Wodon. The prizes were given at the 2018 Maas Ceremony April 25th.

April 27, 2018

Professor Cheryl Krueger, Director of the Undergraduate Program presents Maas Award prizes to
First Place Winner, Michelle Brennaman, Second Place Winner India Eguiguren and 3rd Place Winner Naina Wodon
at the 2018 Maas Award Ceremony held April 25th at the UVa  Colonnade Club.

Also receiving awards was Katie Poore, winner of the T. Woody Braxton Award which is administered by the
Jefferson Literary and Debating Society.

Congratulations to these outstanding students.

Spyros

Praxis Fellows Presentation featuring French PhD Candidate Spryos Simotas along with 5 other Fellows will present their year long collaboration working on a digital humanities project May 4th. 10:30 am, Alderman 421. Lunch will follow.

April 20, 2018

The 2017-18 Praxis Fellows will present the result of their year-long collaboration working on an original digital humanities project. The event will run from 10:30-12:00 and lunch will follow. Presenters will include:

Project Description:  The 2017-2018 Praxis cohort has moved the material history of UVa out of Special Collections and onto Grounds. Using a mobile Artifical Reality application, UVa Reveal explores otherwise hidden stories, histories, and questions surrounding objects and areas at UVa. In doing so, UVa Reveal prompts users to re-examine their everyday spaces and critically reflect on the structure, culture, mission, and history of the university.

Spyros

“Congratulations to PhD Candidate Spyros Simotas, winner of one of the 2018 All-University Graduate Teaching Awards!”

April 20, 2018

Spyridon Simotas receiving a 2018 All-University Graduate Teaching Award from Beth J. Beal, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs. Photo Credit: Melody Robbins Photography."

Homer

UVA and Sciences Po alum Scott Tilton has submitted an official bid for his home state of Louisiana to become part of L’Organisation Internationale de la Fracophonie.

April 18, 2018

UVA and Sciences Po alum Scott Tilton has submitted an official bid for his home state of Louisiana to become part of L’Organisation Internationale de la Fracophonie. https://france-amerique.com/fr/louisiana-applies-to-be-part-of-la-francophonie/

Click here to see his TV5 Interview .

Hannah

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Hannah Holtzman, whose article on "A fifty-two-year love affair: rewatching Hiroshima mon amour after Fukushima” has appeared in the April 2018 issue of Contemporary French Civilization (Volume 43, Issue 1) !

April 13, 2018
MBA

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Mary Beth Allen. She has won a GSAS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2018-19 to finish her study of “The Moroccan Affair: Diplomacy, Rumor, and Fiction in the Age of Louis XIV.”

April 6, 2018
Andrew Hill

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Andrew Hill. He has won a Rare Book School fellowship and a GSAS AHSS grant to attend a RBS session at Yale’s Beinecke Library and travel in search of medieval manuscripts connected to St. Margaret.

April 6, 2018
Spyros

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Spyros Simotas, winner of one of the 2018 All-University Graduate Teaching Awards! These awards honor students from all disciplines who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in undergraduate instruction.

April 4, 2018

Congratulations to Sypros Simotas, one of the winners of the 2018 All-University Teaching Awards. 

The All-University Teaching Award is one of 15 different awards determined by an interdisciplinary faculty selection committee that reviews nominations from each department or school that employs GTAs.  Ten All-University Graduate Teaching Awards are given and each carries a $500 award, an engraved Jefferson Cup, and a certificate in honor of the achievement.  All nominees will be celebrated for their contributions at a Graduate Teaching Awards Reception in April.

 

 

Levine

Congratulations to Alison Levine on the publication of her new book, Vivre Ici: Space, Place and Experience in Contemporary French Documentary, Liverpool University Press (March 2018).

March 23, 2018

Liverpool University Press celebrates 50th title in Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures series with Vivre Ice

 
Vivre Ici  

Space, Place and Experience in Contemporary French Documentary

Alison J. Murray Levine

Vivre Ici analyzes a selection of contemporary documentaries about spaces and places in France. Integrating film theory, eco-criticism and cultural history, Levine investigates documentary cinema as experience. The book reveals a collage-like, vision of France as seen through documentary cameras and explores the social and political consequences of these “films that matter.”

Homer

Congratulations to PhD Candidates Claire-Marie Brisson, Jean-Hérald Legagneur, and Syrine Ben Amor who have been selected for the competitive 2018 South Atlantic Graduate Seminar: Professor S. Max Edelson’s “Mapping the South Atlantic.”

February 8, 2018

Congratulations to PhD Candidates Claire-Marie Brisson, Jean-Hérald Legagneur, and Syrine Ben Amor who have been selected for the competitive 2018 South Atlantic Graduate Seminar: Professor S. Max Edelson’s “Mapping the South Atlantic.”

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