Department of French, Italian and Spanish
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Dominique Perron’s latest book, L’Alberta Autophage: Identités, mythes et discours du pétrole dans l’Ouest Canadien, published by University of Calgary Press in 2013, has won the prestigious 2015 Prix du Canada en sciences sociales by The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Please click here for complete information.
Through theories of discourse analysis, the book examines how Canadian and Albertan media have represented oil booms and busts in the province’s recent history, and in particular how the Canadian petroleum industry was able to employ the notion of Albertan identity to suggest a close association of interests between the people of Alberta and several groups exploiting its oil. “I am proud that this book is being nationally recognized,” says Perron. “I’m also proud that it is in French. And I’m very happy that the University of Calgary showed there is room for different ideas surrounding oil." Details on the book are available at http://uofcpress.com/books/9781552385760.
The Latin American Research Centre, in collaboration with the department, hosted two presentations on April 27 by Dan Russek, Associate Professor in Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Victoria. The lecture Conocimiento académico y experiencia estética: notas de una relación incómoda explored the relationship between literature, art and, more specifically, the aesthetic experience. Later in the day Dr. Russek presented his latest book,Textual Exposures: Photography in Twentieth Century Spanish American Narrative Fiction. It examines how twentieth-century Spanish American literature has registered photography's powers and limitations, and the creative ways in which writers have elaborated the conventions and assumptions of this medium.Please see our events page for full information.
Students participating in the Alcalá de Henares Group Study Program will have a golden opportunity to be immersed in Spanish culture for six weeks. The courses are offered by the Franklin Institute, a division of the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (UAH), which is one of the oldest and top ranking universities in Spain. It is also known for being the birthplace of the prominent Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
This GSP in Spain will include language training, an internship and three tours to the most important cultural sites of the Spanish peninsula. UAH will place students at international corporations, universities, research, cultural and technology centres in the Madrid area. Learn more...
We are thrilled to announce that the literary translations of two of our Italian majors, Madona Markaj and Petar Peltekov, were selected and published in Le lingue per lo Strega. In this book, each student has translated into their own language the initial thirty lines of a work by one of the 12 finalist novels for the celebrated Premio Strega Italian Literary Prize. The result is “a journey of the Italian language through the languages of the world with nearly three hundred original translations in twenty three languages.” Petar translated the beginning of the novel Non dirmi che hai paura by Giuseppe Catozzella into English and Madona translated the opening words of Nella Casa di Vetro by Giuseppe Mumforte, also into English. Please click here to read the translations.