In 1949, André Bazin claimed that representing death on the screen was a “metaphysical obscenity.” However, in her just released book Spettacolo della morte e “tecniche del cordoglio” nel cinema degli anni sessanta (Rome: Bulzoni, 2017) Prof. Monica Facchini claims that the representation of death in certain Italian political cinema becomes the necessary means to unveil marginal realities in modern society, investigate power relations between different social groups, and rip off the mask of feigned certainties and ostentatious happiness in the society of the spectacle.
Students from Core Spain and Short Fiction in Contemporary Spain, both taught by Professor Marta Pérez-Carbonell, explore archival materials at La Nacional, a non-profit organization that supports Spanish and Hispanic-American residents of New York City through live events, classes, art, music and more.
A bi-lingual Anthology of one of the greatest French poets of the last sixty years with Introduction and Translations by John Naughton appeared on October 24th, published by Carcanet Press in England.
In January, 2018, Professor Naughton will be leading his 14th Dijon Study Group! Applications for the 2019 Dijon study group, to be led by Professor Naughton, are due on November 15th.
John Naughton delivered a paper on two prose poems by Charles Baudelaire at the Humanities and Arts Colloquium Series on October 17th. The talk on the famous 19th century French poet dealt with his late and controversial prose-poems
Professor Pérez-Carbonell publishes a piece on the narrators in the works of contemporary Spanish novelist Javier Marías. Marías’s narrators are typically bilingual and fascinated by languages. Here, Pérez-Carbonell explores how their minds are shaped by an obsession with translation http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/PtiYDnGIw4Bd3ABS7TRA/full.
The French Club sponsored a trip to Lewiston, Maine, September 29-30, to explore the Franco-American heritage in the region. Students are seen at the Franco-American Collection, the museum at Bates Mill and during their walking tour of the city. The program was directed by Prof. Ramakrishnan.
French students at a performance of Alexandre Dumas’ Tale, the Three Musketeers at Syracuse Stage on Sept. 23. They were accompanied by Profs. Lee and Ramakrishnan and the French Intern Nathan Jouhannet.