Recent Publications:

Heather Allen’s qualitative study of French and Italian Teaching Assistants’ beliefs and practices regarding textbook materials will be published in the  Spring/Summer issue of the NECTFL (Northeast Conference for the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Review. The article is entitled “Textbook Materials and Foreign Language Teaching: Perspectives from the Classroom.”

Heather Allen's essay entitled "A Multiple Literacies Approach to the Advanced French Writing Course" which posits literacy as a framing construct for advanced-level foreign language writing courses will be published in the French Review in 2009.

Christina Civantos was invited to publish her essay "Ali Bla Bla: Carlos Menem and the Public Negotiation of an Arab Argentine Identity" in The Cultural Politics of the Middle East in the Americas, Evelyn Alsultany and Ella Shohat, eds., University of Michigan Press, Forthcoming 2008.

Anne J. Cruz's invited article, "The Pícaro meets Don Quixote: The Spanish picaresque and the origins of the modern novel," has appeared in the special issue "Remapping the rise of the European novel" of Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century, 10 (2007): 127-137.

Anne J. Cruz's recent publications include "Gendering the Disenfranchised: Down, Out and Female in Early Modern Spain," in Living Dangerously in Early Modern Europe, ed. Barbara Hanawalt and Anna Grotans (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007); and "Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza" in Cinco siglos de poesía escrita por mujeres: pautas poéticas y revisiones críticas. Ed. Dolores Romero et al. (Bern: Peter Lang, 2007).

Ralph Heyndels has published the eighth volume of the series Transatlantique co-directed with Giovanni Dotoli in the Biblioteca della Ricerca of Schena Editore / Presses de l'Universite de Paris-Sorbonne. The volume, "Jean Rouch: A Celebration of Life and Film," edited by UM Professor of Motion Pictures William Rothman, contains the essay by MLL doctoral candidate Myriam Mompoint "Jean Rouch: Expanding the Vernacular of Ethnographic Film." The volume will be presented at Books and Books of Coral Gables as part of the closing activities of the International Symposium on "Les Passions de / The Passions of Jean Genet," organized by Dr. Heyndels at the University of Miami November 17-19.

Ralph Heyndels has recently published "Ontologie de l'Ange gardien" in Traversées and "Nostalgie de la nostalgie des saisons" in Traces d'encre. He is guest co-editor of a special issue on current trends in Francophone literatures and cultures from Belgium and Switzerland to be published by the journal French Studies. His essay entitled "Beckett, Banier, Barthes. La photographie, l'ecrivain, la legende, et la mort" appeared in Le statut litteraire de l'ecrivain, ed. Lise Sabourin (Travaux de Litterature, XX, Geneva: Droz, 2007).

Ralph Heyndels has been named editor of the 2010 issue of Travaux de Littérature (Geneva:Droz) on the topic of "Les écrivains français et le monde arabe." His essay "Travail du deuil, pulsion du désir et scène de l'écriture: l'autofiction de Rachid O. » will appear in L'Autofiction, ed. Moncef Khemiri (Tunis : Presses de l'Université de la Manouba). Another essay, « Image, imaginaire, imaginal : les textes <sur l'art> de Jean Genet » will appear in Ecrire (sur) l'art, ed. Ali Toumiabiassi (Tunis : Presses de l'ENS).

Annalisa Mosca contributed and compiled the content for the December website of the Technology and Telematics commission for the American Association of teachers of French. Her sections are the “Idea of the Month,” the “Just for Fun” and the “Tech tip of the month” on the document camera.

Dr. Eduardo Negueruela has two extended book chapters to be published in edited volumes in 2008. One titled: “Revolutionary Pedagogies: Learning that leads development in the second language classroom” to be published in a referee edited volume titled Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Teaching by Equinox Publishers. The chapter theorizes the process of second language acquisition as conceptual development mediated by semiotic tools. The other piece is a chapter, coauthored with James Lantolf, and focusing on gesture and second language communication titled: “The Dialectics of Gesture in the Construction of Meaning in Second Language Oral Narratives”, which is part of a referee edited volume titled Gesture and Language Learning by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Publishers.

Gema Pérez-Sanchez has published her new book Queer Transitions in Contemporary Spanish Culture: From Franco to “la movida”. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2007.

Gema Pérez-Sánchez has just published her essay, “One Big Queer European Family? Immigration in Contemporary Spanish Gay and Lesbian Films.” In 21st-Century Gay Culture. Ed. David A. Powell. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008. 70-84.

Barbara Woshinsky has published "Convent Parleys: Listening to Women's Voices in Madame de Villedieu's Mémoires de la vie de Henriette-Sylvie de Moliére," in The Cloister and the World: Early Modern Convent Voices, ed. Thomas M. Carr, Jr., EMF Studies in Early Modern France, vol. 11 (Charlottesville: Rockwood Press, 2007), 167-185.

Conferences and Colloquia

Tracy Adams is presenting her paper titled, "Visualizing Isabeau of Bavaria, the Mediator Queen," at our 17th Annual Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Symposium, hosted by the University of Miami's Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

In October 2007, Heather Allen will give an invited talk at the University of Pittsburgh's European Studies Center entitled "Motives, Goals, and the Study Abroad Experience: Student Perspectives," presenting results of a qualitative study conducted in Summer of 2006 with University of Pittsburgh French students in Nantes, France.

In December 2007, Heather Allen and Eduardo Negueruela will be presenting, “Teacher Cognition and Dynamic Assessment in the University FL Context,” at the Modern Language Association 123rd Annual Convention, Chicago, IL. In October 2007, they will present, “Promoting Pedagogical Expertise in Graduate Students: Dynamic Assessment and Teacher Training,” at the 14th Annual Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning Research Working Group, Tucson, AZ.

Dr. Butterman was selected to present his work at the following conferences during the fall 2007 semester: Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in Montreal: “Referring and Refereeing Alternative Sexualities: Deconstructing Monolithic Paradigms of Homosexuality in the Reference Genre in Contemporary Brazilian Literature.” Brazilian Society for Cinema and Audiovisual Studies (SOCINE) in Rio de Janeiro: “Cinema marginal: Subversion and Reconstruction of Brazilian National Identity During Dictatorship.” Modern Language Association (MLA) in Chicago: “’Meu Deus do céu, não tenho nada a dizer’: Teaching the Sound of Silence in Clarice Lispector.”

Christina Civantos was invited to present material from her book, Between Argentines and Arabs: Argentine Orientalism, Arab Immigrants, and the Writing of Identity, at the May 2008 Symposium on Middle Eastern Communities in Latin America, organized by the Latin American Institute and the Center for Near Eastern Studies of the University of California at Los Angeles.

Christina Civantos presented "Reading and Writing the Egyptian Woman Intellectual: Nabawiyya Musa's Ta'rikhi bi-Qalami" at the November 2007 Middle East Studies Association Conference. She has been invited by the Cornell University Departments of Romance Studies and Near Eastern Studies to present two lectures in April 2008: "The Others of Argentine Modernismo: Modernization, the Orient, and Arab Immigration" and "Identifying (with) Ibn Rushd: Representations in Borges, Chahine, and Hussin."


Anne J. Cruz will present "La poe'tica de la memoria en Petrarca y Garcilaso," at the Biannual Conference of the Society of Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, Universidad de Co'rdoba, Spain, October 17-20, 2007. She is currently President of the SRBHP and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Society's journal, Cali'ope.

Adabel Díaz-Rivera presented her paper, “Las estrategias textuales de la representación de Tenochtitlán y el Cuzco como grandes ciudades en las crónicas coloniales,” at Florida International University's SEXTA CONFERENCIA BIANUAL DE ESTUDIOS CULTURALES ESPAÑOLES Y LATINOAMERICANOS held February 29 - March 1, 2008.

Recent scholarly activities of David Ellison include: a conference paper entitled “Le dernier Camus et la Méditerranée,” delivered in Dunkirk, France, at an international colloquium sponsored by the Revue des Sciences Humaines on the topic “Albert Camus contemporain” (May 2007); an article, “Balbec or Baalbek: Proust’s Uncanny Orient,” published in Arabic translation in Cairo, Egypt, in Akhbar Aladab [Literary News] (February 2007); an article, “Withheld Identity in La Chute,” included in The Cambridge Companion to Camus (2007); an essay, “Proust et la traduction,” published in Montevideo, Uruguay, by Libreria Linardi y Risso (2007); and the guest editorship of the Fall-Winter 2007 issue of Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, on the topic “Situating French/Situer le français.”

Yvonne Gavela presented her paper, “Pastiche y parodia en el Madrid post-movida de Gabriela Bustelo en Veo Veo,” at Florida International University's SEXTA CONFERENCIA BIANUAL DE ESTUDIOS CULTURALES ESPAÑOLES Y LATINOAMERICANOS held February 29 - March 1, 2008.

Laura Giannetti will present a paper titled, "Alla mensa dei poeti burleschi: parodia letteraria e interpretazione di culture" at an International conference organized by the University of Venice and the University of Primorka in Koper Slovenia (September 26-29, 2007). Laura Giannetti is also a member of the Scientific and Organizing Committee.

Ralph Heyndels is the co-organizer with the Miami Beach Cinematheque of “The World of Bruno Dumont “(November 2007), a month long film series dedicated to the French film director. He has also been invited by the Miami International Book Fair (November 8-12, 2007) to conduct an interview with Moroccan writer Abdellah Taia at the Francophone Pavilion, and by France Cinema Miami (November 9-10, 2007) to participate in a panel on “Situating French Cinema in the United States Today”. In late Spring 2008, he will be a Research Scholar in Residence at the Universities of Tunis and Tel Aviv.

Ralph Heyndels presented the keynote lecture on "L'imaginaire et l'imaginal de Jean Genet" at the international conference on Ecrire (sur) l'Art organized in April 2007 by the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Tunis. He lectured on "Rencontres littéraires sur la tombe de Genet" at the Institut Français of Marrakech and on "Le travail du deuil et la scène de l'écriture chez Rachid O" at the Universities of Algiers and Tunis-La Manouba. In early May 2007, he presented a plenary paper on « Cocteau, Genet et l'Italie » at the conference on Cocteau et l'Italie organized by the University of Naples L'Orientale, and lectured on Rachid O at the Institut Français of Naples. In July 2007, he was the invited lecturer of honor at the presentation of the issue on "Parfums et senteurs" of the Italian review Le Jardin des Muses, in Bari, Italy.

Dr. Heyndels is the organizer of the forthcoming international conference on <Les passions de Jean Genet> (University of Miami, November 14-17), and a member of the Organizing Committee of the international conference on Flaubert to be organized in April 2008 by the Univertsity of Paris IV - Sorbonne and the University of Tunis, in Carthage, Tunisia, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Flaubert's travel to Tunisia. He will present papers at both events. He will also present an invited paper on "Entremelements: scenario identitaire et pulsion du desir chez Rachid O et Abdellah Taia" at the international conference on "La litterature francaise au croisement des cultures" to be organized at the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne, under the patronage of the Academie Francaise and the UNESCO, in March 2008.

Ralph Heyndels presented a paper on « Entremêlements narratifs sur la tombe de Jean Genet : Rachid O. et Abdellah Taia » at the conference "Les écrivains français au carrefour des cultures" organized by the ADIREL, the Académie Française and UNESCO at the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne. In April he will present a paper on « Tristesse de Flaubert et désespoir historique : Salammbô », at the conference "Le 150 ème anniversaire de la venue de Flaubert en Tunisie" organized by the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Tunis and the University of Tunis, in conjunction with the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne, in Carthage (Tunisia). He will also lecture at the University of Sousse (Tunisia), the Institut Français de Tunis, and, in Algeria, at the University of Algiers and the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Algiers. In May, he will be plenary speaker at the International Festival of Mazawine, Rabat, organized under the auspices of King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

Annalisa Mosca presented “Mastering the Undergroung Web” at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, in April 2007, in the Language Technology Section. She was also elected president of FATI, the Florida Association of Teachers of Italian.

Annalisa Mosca in October presented together with colleague Magda Novelli, at the upcoming Florida Foreign Language Conference in Orlando, FL. The title of the activity-based workshop they held was “Love is…using famous Love Stories to stimulate interest in the target language.”

In October 2007, Dr. Eduardo Negueruela has been invited to present a plenary conference at the III Congreso Internacional de Lingüística Hispánica in Spain. The title of his plenary is: Metáforas de la mente humana y adquisición de segundas lenguas: Una aproximación conceptual.

During 2007, Gema Pérez-Sanchez, gave two invited presentations, titled “One Big Queer European Family? Immigration in Contemporary Spanish Gay Films,” at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California-Irvine, on 14 May 2007, and at Department of Hispanic Studies and Italian, School of Modern Languages, Queen Mary, University of London, London, 22 June 2007.

Gema Pérez-Sánchez presented her paper, “Walking, Drawing, Queering Madrid in Rodrigo’s Comic Book Manuel,” at Florida International University's SEXTA CONFERENCIA BIANUAL DE ESTUDIOS CULTURALES ESPAÑOLES Y LATINOAMERICANOS held February 29 - March 1, 2008.

Barbara Woshinsky will be chairing a session in the Seventeenth Century French Literature Division at the MLA in December, entitled "Dissonant Dénouements." In April, 2008, she will be chairing another session at the North American Society for Seventeenth Century French Literature, on the topic of "Nourritures Célestes." She has also been invited to deliver a talk at UCLA in March, as part of their "Spaces of the Self" colloquium series.

Subha Xavier presented a paper entitled "Le désir militant: Genet, Ben Jelloun et la défense des immigrés" at the Jean Genet International Symposium at the University of Miami (November 2007). She also presented a paper on "La poétique du trauma chez Leïla Sebbar" at the KCTOS International Conference in Vienna (December 2007). In March 2008, she will give a presentation titled  "The Migrant Text within Limits: Immigrant Literature and the Market" at the 20th and 21st century French and Francophone Studies Conference at Georgetown University (March 2008).

Awards and Distinctions

Laura Giannetti has won a prestigioushas year-long Fellowship at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Renaissance Studies Center in Florence, Italy. At I Tatti she will continue her work on her second book tentatively titled “Food and the Literary Imagination in Renaissance Italy.”

Heather Allen and Steve Butterman have received a James McLamore Summer Award in Business and the Social Sciences.

Eduardo Negueruela and Subha Xavier have received a Max Orovitz Summer Award in the Arts and Humanities.