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For as long as I have been taking French classes (a total of 10 years!), I always knew I wanted to live in Paris, at least for a little while.
Before coming to college, I was extraordinarily lucky to have had the chance to be a Youth Ambassador through Rotary Youth Exchange in the small, yet beautiful northern town of Arras, France. During my time in Arras, I lived with host families and attended French high school, and ended up becoming very comfortable speaking French and navigating life in France. Coming to UO as a double major in French and Advertising, I knew I wanted to study abroad in France again, and when the opportunity was presented to apply for the exchange program at Sciences Po Paris, I knew I had to take it! Though Sciences Po is best known for its political science program, I spoke to my advisors and the study abroad office, and they helped me figure out a plan to get credits toward my French major and my Clark Honors College requirements in a way that would still allow me to graduate in four years. I wouldn’t be studying anything related to my advertising major, but I was thrilled to be able to learn about something completely different than I was used to.
So during my sophomore year I applied to the Sciences Po program through UO, had an interview with the study abroad office, and was accepted to apply to Science Po. Then, I went through Science Po’s process, which included sending transcripts, writing a letter of motivation, and proving my level of French. Soon after, I was accepted by Sciences Po and started making arrangements for my flights, apartment, and visa. January of my junior year, I took off and headed to Paris for six months.
My apartment was in the 9eme arrondissement of Paris- the center of the city. A 10 minute walk from the Opera, 20 from Le Louvre and Sacre Coeur, 30 from Les Champs Elysees…. The list goes on. My schooling experience at Sciences Po was incredible, too. I was enrolled in four classes, including classes on gender politics, artificial intelligence, public opinion, and French literature. My courses were all in French, which absolutely helped my language skills further improve. Each course was once a week for two full hours and we had 12 weeks of class. I got to learn a lot about the university system in France, for example how in certain classes your entire grade is dependent on one project and how everything is graded on a 20-point scale. The courses I took were very challenging and outside of my area of study, but I feel so grateful to have had the chance to study with professors who are so knowledgeable and highly regarded in their fields.
I had the incredible opportunity to live in the heart of one of the world’s most bustling capitals during some very interesting times. For example, every Saturday several metro lines and stations would be shut down and all news coverage would turn to follow Les Gilets Jaunes protesting around Paris. I even saw a couple protests go by my apartment! When the Notre Dame caught fire, I was within walking distance. I went down to see the remains of the cathedral the day after, and was embraced by crying, older French women singing songs of prayer. It was amazing to be able to see the news events that my friends and family back home were just seeing on TV play out in front of my eyes.
I was able to travel to Hungary, The Netherlands, and Portugal with my roommates while abroad, and immerse myself in several very different cultures. I also got to take trips to Lyon and back to the north of France to visit my host families, which was such an incredible chance to reunited with friends and host families I missed very dearly. By the time late May came around, it was time for me to head back to Oregon. Saying goodbye to Paris and Sciences Po was very hard, but I’m so lucky to have had the opportunity to make it feel like home.
Over the past three summers Associate Professor Professor of French Fabienne Moore has been researching the early illustrated albums of 19th century French artist Gustave Doré in his native city of Strasbourg, France. The Bibliothèque des Musées holds all first editions of Doré’s work, as well as periodicals in which he published his first drawings. In the rare book room of the Bibliothèque Universitaire, Moore was also able to hold an engraved printing block used for his illustrations of the Aventures du Baron de Munchausen. But while Doré is best known for his illustrations of the masterpieces of world literature, he began his career with four innovative sequential graphic narratives, one of which is the focus of Moore’s article titled “Gustave Doré’s Histoire de la Sainte Russie (1854): The Invention of Graphic Rhetoric, or the Artist At War.” Published in Dix-Neuf, the online Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes, the article contains thirty illustrations and examines Doré’s tour de force in addressing the violence of war via a caricatural history of Russia in ways that anticipates modern bande dessinée tackling twentieth-century warfare.
It was a chance encounter with a facsimile of Doré’s album on the shelves of the UO Knight Library several years ago that spurred Moore to teach and write about Doré’s 1854 Histoire de la Sainte Russie. Here was an “unidentified literary object” as Moore likes to put it to her students. About Russian history, triggered by the Crimean War, written in French, with over 500 sequential drawings and irreverent captions full of double entendre and literary references, whose reception so bitterly disappointed Doré that he never referred to it again, the book occupies an in-between that has kept it mostly out of sight of art historians and literary critics. Interpreted with the multidisciplinary lens of comic studies and highlighted for its modernity, Doré’s early work finally finds the attention and audience it craved back in 1854.
This research was made possible by the College of Arts and Sciences Summer Stipend for the Humanities and a Summer Research Award from the Office of the Vice-President for Research.
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.
Cory Browning is completing his PhD in Romance Studies at Cornell University. Cory’s research focuses primarily on nineteenth-century French literature, but he also works on eighteenth and twentieth century French and Francophone literature, aesthetics and politics, and the fledgling field of terrorism studies. His dissertation analyzes the French Revolutionary Terror and its “restagings” in French Romanticism, the advent of avant-garde theater and anarcho-terrorism in the wake of the Paris Commune, and the Algerian War. Recasting Marx’s observation that humanity makes its own history but under conditions handed down from the past, his research strives to apprehend the multiple ways the Terror has shaped how we think and practice both literature and democracy. He has also completed a Masters and done research at the Université de Paris 8, working extensively on Charles Baudelaire and Stéphane Mallarmé. His next projects include investigations into terrorism and contemporary critical theory and a study into the aesthetics of the cliché in Gustave Flaubert.
Wednesday, March 5th, 12:00-1:30pm- Knight Library Browsing Room
The Secular State vs. New Religious Movements. Ten years ago, France was often described as one of the most secular nations in Europe. The situation is very different today as hundreds of thousands of conservative Roman Catholics took to the streets to oppose same-sex marriage and other reforms affecting family models while a noxious debate festered on the “compatibility” of Islam with the French republican model. The time has come for France to reexamine its assumptions and practices in terms of accommodation which are based on a concept of “laïcité” which begs for a redefinition.
This event is free and open to the public.