Provost Briefs

French and Francophone Studies

George Joseph gave a talk entitled “Dialogical Relationships between African History and the Art of Wolof Poetry” on March 23, 2013 at the African Literature Association meeting in Charleston S. Carolina. His articles “An ‘Unintended’ Reader Writes Back: Linguistic Ecological Considerations of the Evangelical Translation of the Bible into Wolof.” and “Borderzone Identities: the proliferating dynamics of family creation in Fadel Dia’s La Raparille” for the Papers from the 2010 and 2011 ALA Conferences respectively are in press.


Marie-Hélène Koffi-Tessio was the organizer of a round table discussion on French and Francophone cinemas: “French and Francophone cinemas in dialogue.” Cinematic traditions discussed included Sub-Saharan Africa, North African, Belgian and Caribbean cinemas. February 15-16, 2012. Her entry on colonial civil servant René Maran was accepted by The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. April 2013. Along with Professors Dobkowski and Salter Professor Koffi-Tessio welcomed guest speakers such as Bjorn Krondorfer, Zoriah Miller and Sandra Uwiringiyimana at the Genocide and Human Rights symposia. (2012 - 2013)

Catherine Gallouët - Marivaudages. Théories et pratiques d’un discours, Catherine Gallouët and Yolande Schutter, eds. (Oxford: SVEC, forthcoming 2014); 2012‘Farouche, touchante, belle et cannibale: Transmissions et permutations des représentations de Njinga, reine d’Angola du 17e au 18e siècles, Numéro special: L’Afrique. Revue Dix-Huitième Siècle, no 44, p.253-272.; Reviewed in Cultura. Jornal Angolano de Artes e Letras. De 10 a 23 Dezembro, No199, Ano 1, p.10, and Bazil Angola magazine, (12/17/12); ‘Le Triomphe de l'amour de Marivaux: de la scène à l'écran, en passant par Broadway’, ASECS Cleveland, OH. ‘Le Noir « contre » le Blanc : rhétorique de la représentation littéraire de résistance, Colloque international ‘Les représentations du Noir dans la literature, l’histoire et les arts européens et américains des XVIIIe et XIX e siècles’, Université des Antilles-Guyane en Guadeloupe. Gallouët was also interviewed on television and participated in a radio show with two French colleagues from the conference. The podcast can be heard at here.

Courtney Wells was chosen by the Société Guilhem IX (an international group of scholars dedicated to the study of Occitan literature, and especially the troubadours) as their literary bibliographer for the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period. My bibliographies will be published in the literary and linguistic journal Tenso each year. As guest editor of Tenso 28: Fall-Spring 2013, (in addition to various editorial tasks) he was asked to compose a Preface to the volume, which was published in Spring 2013. My article, "Ad dandam doctrinam vulgaris provincialis: Chansonnier P and the Medieval Latin Curriculum in Italy," also appears in the volume. He was elected an executive member of the Discussion Group of Provençal Language and Literature (Modern Language Association). Along with four other recognized scholars in my field, I will attend the MLA annual conference for panels organized by our group and for yearly meetings of the executive members. He wrote a book review of Insaf Machta's Poétique de la ruse dans les récits tristaniens français du XIIe siècle (Paris: Champion, 2010) in August 2011 and Jean-Marie-Fritz's La Cloche et la lyre: Pour une poétique médiévale du paysage sonore (Droz, 2011) for the Medieval Review, an online scholarly journal of the Middle Ages. He was successful in obtaining a Tournées Film Festival Grant for HWS. The first annual Tournées Film Festival took place Spring 2013 and will take place every following year for the next four years.


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