Marian Paiva Mediavilla, doctoral student in Romance Languages, has published an article titled “Spectral Visions of the Império: Labor Photography and Spectrality within carte de visite during the 2nd Brazilian Empire.”
While in Lyon last year, Marian joined the aptly named “Têtes chercheuses” doctoral research group, which publishes a peer-reviewed journal, Missile.
Read the article here.
Crystal Chemris, Courtesy Assistant Professor of Spanish, has published an essay, “Moriscos, Amerindians and Góngora’s Soledades in Context,” in the journal eHumanista/Conversos. This essay responds to the French anthropologist Carmen Bernand’s association of the Baroque poet, Luis de Góngora, the historian and critic Pedro de Valencia, and the mestizo writer Inca Garcilaso with humanist circles that grappled with the status of national minorities and the indigenous. Chemris argues that Inca Garcilaso actually anticipated Pedro de Valencia’s social writings, while Góngora incorporated features of Inca Garcilaso’s heraldic shield in his major poem. She also addresses their political and aesthetic engagement with hermeticism in the context of the debates over the Sacromonte forgeries, a series of false relics which historians have viewed as part of a clandestine campaign to promote the status of confessional minorities in Spain. Writes Chemris, “I draw inspiration from the work of my University of Oregon colleagues in transatlantic, medieval, early modern and colonial Hispanic Studies and look forward to continuing my research.”
The essay can be found in eHumanista/Conversos Vol. 6, No. 1-2, 2018, pp. 284-305.
Melanie Williams, Senior Instructor II of French and Head Undergraduate Advisor, has developed an innovative course that she will pilot in Spring 2019. The course, “Français pour le monde professionnel/French for Professional Use” (FR 399) will explore concepts of cultural expectations and intercultural communication in France and other francophone countries and regions. The course is designed for students from all disciplines, with built-in projects and research particular to individual student goals. Students will tailor their research around their areas of study, professional aspirations, and targeted locales. The course will offer preparation for professional experiences in a francophone culture through the development of job search materials, the clear articulation of academic, social and professional skills in French, and the connection to alumni and other professionals. The course will cover the basics of writing culturally appropriate CVs and letters of application in French and preparing for interviews in French. Students will also practice giving professional presentations and writing professional documents. This course counts as elective for the French major or minor (pre-requisite: FR 301 or 302). Williams developed the course with support from the Department of Romance Languages and Senior Divisional Dean for Humanities Karen Ford.
On Friday January 11, 2019 faculty and graduate students in French celebrated the new year at Civic Winery, a new wine bar in downtown Eugene, which will officially open in February. There was a great potluck buffet with homemade dishes and for dessert, homemade galettes filled with frangipane, a tradition for the Epiphany. Owner Craig Weicker explained the history and renovation of the building and sustainable practices in wine making. We tasted organic wines and ciders, chatted, shared best holidays memories, and toasted the new academic year. Special guests included the French and Francophone students in the Amity program who are teaching in the French immersion school Charlemagne. Our guests of honor were MA alumna Natalie Rush, who is now teaching French at South Eugene High School, and Associate Professor of Art History Joyce Cheng, who launched last year a lively “vendredi francophone de convivialité” at Noisette downtown, which meets the first Friday of each month. Merci à tout monde pour votre participation et bonne année à tous et à routes!
After reading Pablo Neruda’s poem “Autorretrato” during the third week of classes—and following plenty of creative conversations about poetic descriptions—all 462 second-year Spanish students created their own poetry, writing “self-portrait” poems in emulation of Neruda’s style. Instructors selected the best poem from each of their classes, and a combined student and faculty committee chose the winners from among twenty-one finalists. Senior Instructor II Rosario Murcia coordinated the awards, with the collaboration of the entire second-year teaching team. Winners received gift-certificates to the Duck Store.
And the winners are. . .
First Place: Seth J. Arbogast for his poem “Memorias atrapadas en las cenizas” (Yosa Vidal’s student).
Second Place: Noa Cohen for her poem “Estoy orgullosa” (Marina Peñalosa Montero’s student).
Third Place: Emma R. Snyder for her poem “Yuxtaposición” (Gloria Zabala’s student).
Sergio Rigoletto, Associate Professor of Italian and Cinema Studies, has published an essay entitled “(Un)dressing authenticity: Neorealist stardom and Anna Magnani in the postwar era (1945-48)” in the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media (Vol.6 Number 8, 2018; pp. 389-403). The essay explores Magnani’s significance as a populist icon during the postwar years and unpacks some of the meanings behind a notion that has been frequently associated with Magnani: authenticity. Focusing on the study of Magnani’s costumes in Rome Open City (Rossellini 1945) and in a number of popular comedies made between 1945 and 1948, alongside the clothes worn by the actress in her off-screen appearances, the essay reveals some of the crucial ways in which Magnani’s clothing staged several tensions which were particularlu useful to the institutional discourse of Neorealism to negotiate the transition from fascism to postwar democracy (e.g. audience recognition vs. misrecognition; historical truth vs. ideological mystification; individuality vs. collectivism). The essay proposes a way of thinking about the notion of authenticity that may allow us to move beyond a “reflectionist” framework, in which the authentic is simply a synonym for what looks real or original. Instead, through an analysis of Magnani’s star narrative and the function of clothing within this narrative, Rigoletto argues that authenticity reveals itself as a performative effect, unfolding through the opening of a space of absence in which the experience of the “inauthentic” is repeatedly confronted. Under these terms, the essay demonstrates that the category of authenticity functions as an effect of the inauthentic, rather than simply as its opposite.
To give our first-year students a chance to explore a topic of their choice and/or to express themselves in writing in a personal way, we decided to create a “bulletin” for each level and have students contribute the articles! Please enjoy perusing these first editions, and look for more to come in the future!
Send any feedback you have to Connie Dickey, the first-year French Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
On May 15th and 16th, U Michigan Professor Frieda Ekotto visited the UO and gave a talk titled “Reading Aimé Césaire in the
Professor Ekotto generously gave us a copy of her latest project, a 90 min. documentary film Vibrancy of Silence: A Discussion with My Sisters, produced and filmed by Professor Ekotto and Marthe Djilo Kamga, which highlights the creative achievements of six Sub-Saharan African women in various intellectual and artistic fields (in French with English subtitles).
Stay tuned for a screening in the fall!
Two of our outstanding Romance Languages majors received impressive recognition from the awards committee. Please congratulate these students for their wonderful contributions to the UO community and their impressive academic efforts. We are very fortunate to have such inspiring undergraduate students in our department.
Sara Espinosa, RL (FR & SPAN) & Journalism (PR) major Vernon Barkhurst Sophomore Award: (THE sophomore award) This award is given to a sophomore who best exemplifies academic excellence, university service and good citizenship. This award was established in 1984 in honor of Vernon Barkhurst, who served as Director of Admissions, Associate Dean of Students, and Conduct Coordinator.
Cecelia Barajas, RL (FR & ITAL): Junior Award – Gerlinger Cup (one of only five awards given to juniors): The Gerlinger Cup, first presented in 1914, is the gift of the late Irene Gerlinger, a member of the University Board of Regents from 1914 to 1929. The cup is awarded to the outstanding junior woman selected for scholarship, leadership, and service to the university.
Congratulations, Sara and Cecelia!