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Research & Collaboration

The Department of French & Italian's scholarship includes:

  • Premodern era (especially medieval literature and intellectual history, and 17th-century performance history and philosophy)
  • French and Francophone film theory and history of cinema
  • French modern poetry in its relation to the emergence of the film medium
  • African theater and theater theory
  • Francophone literatures and cultures (French outside of France, including North Africa, Quebec, the Caribbean, West and Sub-Saharan Africa), politics and aesthetics
  • French linguistics with emphasis on second language acquisition and sociolinguistics of French
  • French Jewish studies, studies of anti-Semitism, modern and contemporary French literature and thought
  • Performance and theater studies, history of literary theory and postmodern thought
  • Francophone and Italian gender, sexuality, and feminist studies
  • 19th century Italian literature, Risorgimento studies, and Italian film studies

L'Esprit Créateur

Founded at the University of Minnesota by John Erickson in 1961, L'Esprit Créateur represents the major fields of the discipline of French and Francophone Studies. The journal returned home in 2003 and is edited by Daniel Brewer and Mária Brewer.

Key French & Italian Affiliations

The Department of French & Italian collaborates with several University centers, exploring topics that are intertwined within the realms of both institutions.