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The University of Tennesse, Knoxville. Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures E-Newsletter


Good News

Flavia Brizio-Skov

Flavia Brizio-Skov (Italian) attended the South East Coastal Conference on Languages and Literatures in Savannah, March 26-27, where she read a paper on Italian popular genre cinema in a panel dedicated to film studies. She has received a Ready for the World Grant for sponsoring the visit of a young scholar from the University of Genova; this is the sixth grant that she has won for implementing activities related to the Linkage between UT and UNIGE. The Linkage has been organizing scholarly events since 1994. She was one of the judges for the 19th Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement, an event that celebrates the creative research of UT undergraduate students.

Nuria Cruz-Camara

Nuria Cruz–Cámara (Hispanic Studies) presented a paper at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, in April: “La representación de las deportistas en la prensa española (1933-2013)” [The representation of sportswomen in the Spanish Press (1933-2003)].

Catherine Greer

Catherine Greer (German) was one of the winners of the "Student Research in Music" sponsored by UT's Musicology Department. In addition to receiving a cash prize, she had the opportunity to formally present her paper, “Let's hope we are singing to God: Commemoration and Exploitation of Verdi's Requiem in Theresienstadt,” as part of the department's Distinguished Lecture Series.

Annachiara Mariani

Annachiara Mariani (Italian) presented a paper, “The Vanishing of the Female Body in Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty,” at the NEMLA conference in Toronto, Canada, May 1. On May 5, her “Italian 411 Italian Theatre and Performance” gave a theatrical show at the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. The event was hosted by Chiara and featured musical interludes between plays.

John Romeiser

John Romeiser (French/Francophone Studies) presented “Pascal Pia and the Quest for Oblivion” at the 35th annual Romance Languages Conference at the University of Cincinnati in April.

Maria Stehle

Maria Stehle (German) will have the following articles published this month: “Settling in Mobility: Socioeconomic Justice and European Borderlands in Hans-Christian Schmid’s Films Lichter and Die wundersame Welt der Waschkraft.” Envisioning Social Justice in Twenty-First Century German Culture, ed. by Axel Hildebrandt and Jill Twark, Camden House, May 2015.

“The Awkward Politics of Popfeminist Literary Events: Helene Hegemann, Charlotte Roche, and Lady Bitch Ray,” co-written with Carrie Smith-Prei, German Women's Writing in the 21st Century, ed. by Hester Baer and Alexandra M. Hill, Camden House, May 2015.

She was also invited to present her research at a workshop, “Transformations in Media, Citizenship and Participation in the E.U.”, at the Jean Monnet Center for European Studies, University of Florida, in April.


News from the Italian Section


The Italian Program concluded another successful immersion weekend April 10-12 at Grace Pointe Camp. Students were engaged in all sorts of activities, but a highlight this year was the culinary competition, “Chopped”. Below is a picture of participants in “spectacular” attire:


Students from left to right: Natalie Fisher, Daniel Holmes-Fontain, Alessandra Gibson, Justin Wesley, Caterina Gagliano, Nicola Veith.


On an ending note, the Italian Club hosts its summer Spaghettata in June, at the International House. Date is TBA, and will be posted on Italian Club website. Everyone is welcome to come and savor a dish of pasta and watch the Italian box office success Benvenuti al Sud, by Luca Miniero — a comedy on the dichotomies between northern and southern Italy. See a review here.


This is the final MFLL newsletter for the 2014-2015 academic year. We will resume publication in the Fall Semester.

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