The Department of French and Italian
Department of French and Italian

aLyon Program Alum Accepted into TAPIF Congratulations to graduating senior and Lyon Program alumnus, Amy Marsh on her acceptance in the Teaching Abroad Program in France for the academic year of 2016-17.  We are pleased to announce that Amy will be returning to France to teach English in a French public school for seven months. Bon travail, Amy! 


pbkPlease join us in celebrating this year's undergraduate inductees into Phi Beta Kappa, the world's oldest and most prestiguous honor society, established at the College of William and Mary in 1776. Congratulations to Jennifer Groudle, Kathleen Telling, and Jennifer Yang for achievements in French and to Julia Farrell for Italian.  Good work, scholars! 


s In his most recent book, Le livre des écorchés: Proust, Céline et la Grande Guerre, Hervé Picherit adopts a theoretical and critical framework that borrows from a variety of fields, including narratology, psychoanalysis, anthropology and philosophy in its analysis of Proust’s and Céline’s writings.  This approach examines the importance of fiction as a cultural practice at the heart of the self, family and society in the aftermath of the Great War.  As such, Le livre des écorchés offers a unique combination of fiction theory with theories of selfhood and society in order to show the influence of the fictional mode on the foundations of an entire culture.   


msNew Graduate Coordinator wins James W. Vick Award for Academic Advising.  Dr. Michael Schmidt, formerly an academic advisor for the History department, has been selected by students to receive this prestigious award, presented by the Texas Exes Foundation. This award recognizes individuals who improve students’ overall experience at the University of Texas at Austin through outstanding advising. Each year, five university advisors are recognized.  Read more about Michael and the award here.

  aThe department is pleased to announce the Solange Boutin Plangman Endowed Scholarship for the Lyon Summer Study Abroad Program. The scholarship was created by CFP Foundation, on behalf of its founding trustees, Sylvie Plangman Crum and Gary Thomas Crum, to honor the legacy of Sylvie's mother, Solange, and her love for France and the French cultural spirit.  Sylvie is pleased to help cultivate that same passion for French within students at her own alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin. The scholarship will cover all costs and fees for the program for one economically disadvantaged student each year.  

David Birdsong,

Chair of French & Italian

David Birdsong,

The Department of French and Italian offers innovative instruction and research in literature, language, and linguistics, as well as in cultural and visual studies.

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