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MA and PhD Graduate studentships with the Department of French & Italian at the University of Kansas





The Department of French & Italian at the University of Kansas is pleased to be able to offer a number of competitive studentships at both the MA and PhD level in its long-standing and well-considered program starting in the fall of 2011 (applications are also considered for spring 2012 entry). The department has faculty with a broad range of research interests and expertise, which are listed below. Graduate teaching assistants at the MA and PhD level receive an annual salary of $14,200, pending budgetary approval by the College and University. In addition to this, degree candidates who hold Graduate Teaching Assistantships benefit from tuition remission.

In addition, there are a number of departmental and university funding opportunities offered on an annual basis, such as the departmental Cornell and Mahieu funds to carry out research overseas ( http://www.frenchitalian.ku.ed/academics/graduate_french/). See the Office of Graduate Studies website for details of university-wide funding and awards http://www.graduate.ku.edu/). There is also the chance to spend time in France through the assistantship to our Summer Language Institute in Paris, established fifty years ago, and a year-long exchange with the Université de Franche-Comté in Besançon. Valuable editorial experience may be gained through the graduate-run journal, Chimères, now in its forty-fourth year and listed in the MLA Bibliography.

The university campus and the downtown area of the city of Lawrence consistently rate highly in national polls as among the most beautiful US campus or college town. There are excellent research facilities at the University including the Spencer Museum of Art, whose print room contains 10,000 works with strong holdings including Jacques Callot and Alfred Jarry. Library collections on the Lawrence campus contain more than 4.2 million volumes, 3.6 million microforms, 338,000 maps, and 3.4 million photographs, slides, drawings, and cartoons. Scholars from all over the world use the Kenneth Spencer Research Library’s valuable collections of rare and historic material, home to 250,000 books and 500,000 manuscripts and particularly strong in early modern French holdings. Other specialized libraries hold collections in art and architecture, dance, engineering, law, the history of medicine, maps, and music.

Faculty in the department carry out internationally recognized research in a broad range of specialist field, from medieval to the extreme contemporary. Faculty and their interests are as follows:

Tom Booker: French novel and narrative forms, particularly first-person narration (novel, autofiction, autobiography).
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Diane Fourny: eighteenth-century French literature and culture with a focus on eighteenth-century novel, the history of ideas, Enlightenment and critique of Enlightenment, and autobiography.

Crystal Hall: early modern Italian studies with a focus on science and literature; history of the book; Renaissance epic poetry.

Bruce Hayes: late medieval and sixteenth-century French studies, particularly theater, pre-Pléiade poetry, popular culture, and Rabelais; evangelical humanist thought; intertextuality.

Van Kelly: French film, literature, thought of twentieth-/twenty-first centuries with emphases on poetics; on the political, social, and historical imaginaries, most notably resistance and utopia/dystopia; and on literature's intersection with the plastic and visual arts, including BD.

Caroline Jewers: literature and cultural history of medieval France and Occitania, with a focus on chivalric romance and lyric poetry, with additional research interests in the early history of the novel and medievalism.

Jan Kozma: nineteenth- and twentieth- century Italian novel, particularly the works of Alberto Moravia, Vasco Pratolini, and Grazia Deledda; translator of Grazia Deledda's novels.

Allan H. Pasco: Hall Distinguished Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature, contextualizes eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century French literature within the periods’ culture, while emphasizing such major figures as Rousseau, Balzac, Flaubert, and Proust.

Samira Sayeh: Francophone literatures and cultural studies with a focus on the Maghreb; Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean; French colonial history; post-colonial theory; Islamic philosophy; gender studies.

Paul Scott: seventeenth-century studies, particularly theater and poetry; early modern spirituality, liturgy, and hagiography; subversion in Ancien Régime France.

Kimberly Swanson: second language acquisition and language pedagogy, with a focus on French and English phonology/phonetics; history of the French language.

For more details about the department, see: http://www.frenchitalian.ku.edu/. Informal enquiries can be made to the director of graduate studies, Professor Paul Scott (pascott@ku.edu; tel: +1 785-864-9042).

Closing date for applications to receive priority consideration for fall 2011 entry: April 15, 2011.


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