Department of French, Italian and Spanish
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.
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 been announced as a finalist for the prestigious 2015 Prix du Canada en sciences sociales by The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The winners will be announced on April 22. 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. Detail on the book are available at http://uofcpress.com/books/9781552385760.
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.
Students may apply for the Julio Peris Scholarship.
The Instituto Cervantes and the department, in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain in Ottawa, España en Calgary and Castilla Books presented Marzo literario / Literary March. Lietrature aficionados dropped by every Thursday in March to talk and enjoy Hispanic literature. The events featured were:
March 5: Bilingual poetry reading: The Thin Red Line by Gemma García-San Román
March 12: Espronceda´s Legend: Life of a Romantic Poet by Gemma García-San Román
March 19: Representations of the Atacama Desert in Literature and Documentary Film: A Symbol of Mourning and Resistance to Violence by Tamara Schürch
March 26: Echoes of Don Quixote in Modern Day Central American Speech: Spanish Proverbs and Their Oral Transmission by Roberto Ayala