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    Message from the Chair
        Page 1
    Department news and announcements
        Page 2
        Page 3
    Alumni/ae news
        Page 4
    New and newest faculty
        Page 5
    RLL study abroad programs
        Page 6
    From the undergraduate coordinators
        Page 7
    From the graduate coordinators
        Page 8
        Page 9
    RLL faculty news
        Page 10
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    Back Cover
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Dear alumni and friends of RLL,
This Newsletter should reach you
early in 2002, and so I take this oppor-
tunity to send you warmest wishes, on
behalf of faculty, staff and students in
Romance Languages, for a peaceful
year in 2002.
This year has been difficult at the
University of Florida. The ghastly
events of September 11 cast a pall over
the campus that reminded longtimers
of the student murders of 1990. Teach-
ers and students may have been
equally shaken, but helping the under-
graduates to cope was of primary con-
cern in the department. Because lan-
guage classes are never larger than
25, RLL faculty and TAs are often the
only teachers at UF who know a given
student's name, and thus we felt a par-
ticular responsibility to offer our stu-
dents whatever help we could.
The recession deepened after Sep-
tember, and tourist income plummeted;
recent cuts in education funding have
been substantial. We had hoped to hire
four new professors this year, but bud-
get cuts prompted a hiring freeze, and
we will have to get by with our current
faculty. This gives us an extra year to
dote on three newly-arrived assistant
professors: Rori Bloom, Gillian Lord,
and Andrew Lynch. Dr. Lord joins


Theresa Antes and Joaquim Camps in
our applied linguistics group; with three
specialists on hand, RLL is well on the
way to becoming as a center of excel-
lence in this highly sought-after field.
Higher education has been dramati-
cally restructured in Florida since last
we spoke. Each university now has a
Board of Trustees, while the state-level
Board of Regents has been abolished.
It isn't entirely clear how this change
will affect UF, but we are at last in the
competent hands of a "permanent"
rather than interim higher administra-
tion. This includes a new Dean of Lib-
eral Arts and Science, Neil Sullivan,
who has been a great supporter of the
humanities.
Last year RLL reaped the first fruits
of changes made in our PhD programs
during my first year as Chair, designed
to streamline the path to the degree.
We had the largest number of PhD
graduates in our history: six in Span-
ish, and one in French. MA graduates
were at record levels as well: eleven in
Spanish, six in French. Sixteen new
graduate students entered in Fall 01 (12
in Spanish, 4 in French), including one
Presidential and two Alumni Scholars.
Majors are holding steady in French
(72), Spanish (124) and Portuguese
(6), but Spanish minors have skyrock-


eted (c. 240).
Our study
abroad pro-
grams in Rio,
Rome and
Provence
had a banner
summer in
2001, and we
inaugurated
a new pro-
gram in Se-
ville. In Sum-
mer2002, we
will add another in Santander (Spain).
It's gratifying to report the great suc-
cess achieved by our innovative For-
eign Languages Across the Curriculum
(FLAC) program, started with a US
Department of Education grant in 1995
(see article elsewhere in Newsletter).
We can't keep up with student demand
for the courses! The Warrington Col-
lege of Business, the Center for Latin
American Studies, and the nascent
European Studies Program have all
made RLL's FLAC courses a corner-
stone of recent grant proposals.
Let me applaud a few more standout
achievements by RLL faculty: Shifra
Armon's successful bid for tenure and
promotion to Associate Professor;
Carol Murphy's receipt of the Palmes
Academiques from the French govern-
ment, for significant contributions to the
diffusion of French culture; David
Pharies' direction and edition of a new
version of the University of Chicago
Spanish-English dictionary; my election
as President of the Association of De-
partments of Foreign Languages (an
organization affiliated with the Modern
Language Association); Reynaldo
Jimenez's conclusion of a highly suc-
cessful three-year term as Chief Fac-
ulty Reader for the Spanish Advanced
Placement Exam; the publication of
Continued on page 15


In this Issue

Department News and Announcements .......................................................2
J. W ayne C onner M em orial Fund ........................................ ........................3
Alfonsina Lorenzi Memorial Scholarship Fund ................................................. 3
RLL Foundation Fund 2000 .............. ..... ... ................................. ...........
Alum ni/ae New s ............................ ....................... ................... 4
N ew & N ew est Faculty ......................................................... ................. 5
RLL Study A broad Program s ............................................... ................... 6
R L L S ta ff ................................................................ 6
From the Undergraduate Coordinators ................................ ........................7
From the G graduate C coordinators ........................................ ..... .............. 8
Sigma Delta Pi (Hispanic Honor Society) ....................................................8
"A Rio Diary" by Libby Ginway ................................. ................... 10
RLL Faculty New s ... ................................................................... .... 10









FRENCH
The UF French Club is a student or-
ganization whose mission is to pro-
mote a friendly atmosphere where
members can share their interests in
francophone culture, while they im-
prove their French language skills.
Meetings are held twice a month. Ad-
ditional information, as well as a sched-
ule of planned events, is available at
the club website: http://plaza.ufl.edu/
rodolfo

HAITIAN CREOLE
The Haitian Creole section is doing
well here at UF. Last fall we had an
enrollment of 80 students in the 4 sec-
tions being taught, and I was obliged
to turn away 15 more students who
wanted to begin study of the language.
We hope to have a TA next year to
teach more sections. I hope, in the near
future, to teach a class of 3230 in Hai-
tian Literature or History or Culture.
Jean Gilles, gilles@rll.ufl.edu.

PORTUGUESE
The past fall term saw healthy en-
rollments in Brazilian Drama and Luso-
Brazilian Culture. We have a new Bra-
zilian teaching assistant, Patricia
Belchior, who is teaching our introduc-
tory classes. Pedro Werneck, a
videographer from Rio de Janeiro, has
recently completed a 15-min. video and
CD ROM to publicize the Rio program,
which had 42 participants for 2001.

SPANISH
Foreign Languages Across the
Curriculum (FLAC)
RLL continues to collaborate with
other departments in offering FLAC
courses. Workshops are held each
summer to facilitate the preparation of
courses for the upcoming academic
year. This past summer RLL's FLAC
Coordinator, Dr. Greg Moreland, was
pleased to work with colleagues in Eco-
nomics, History, Latin American Stud-
ies, Music, and Political Science as well
as Graduate Teaching Assistants in
Spanish. They produced FLAC
courses in the following areas: "Latin
American Business Environment" (Dr.


Terry McCoy and Carmen Cafete);
"Mexican Cultural Icons" (Dr. Efrain
Barradas and Jose Ignacio Gonzalez);
"World Music Ensemble: Jacare Bra-
zil" (Dr. Larry Crook and Dr. Libby
Ginway); "Business and Economics in
Latin America" (Dr. Doug Waldo and
Diana Serrano); "Spain and the Euro-
pean Union" (Dr. Leann Brown and
Maria Guerrero); "U.S.-Latin American
Cultural Relations" (Dr. Alejandra
Bronfman and Dr. Greg Moreland).
New Course: SPN 2440, "Interme-
diate Spanish for Business"
Dr. Greg
Moreland, RLL's
Liaison with the
Center for Inter-
national Busi-
ness Education
and Research
(CIBER), devel-
oped and
taught-with
CIBER fund-
ing-a new
course aimed at
expanding the department's presence
in the growing field of languages for
the professions. SPN 2440 made its
debut in Summer A, 2001. Ten stu-
dents enrolled in this successful initial
section. Summer 2002 will see it be-
ing offered as part of the department's
new Study Abroad Program in
Santander, Spain.
The Teaching Support Group
Organized by Spanish lecturer Kathy
Dwyer-Navajas, is an on-going forum
for discussing ideological, method-
ological and institutional issues related
to teaching. For many of us the class-
room is a place of dynamic transfor-
mation where people form a provi-
sional community that fosters or hin-
ders learning in many different ways.
Both students and teachers strive (or
don't), both encounter obstacles, both
develop their resources and discover
their limits for overcoming those ob-
stacles. The classroom is a place of
hard intellectual and emotional work,
because every person in the room
brings his/her own history, experience,
and expectations to that encounter, and


they don't always coincide. It is a place
of risk-taking, insight, and exhilaration
and also of fear, frustration, and resis-
tance; a place of striving and of strife,
of opening to learning and of shutting
down.
In addition to teaching what we per-
ceive to be the content of the course,
the way we conduct our classes and
shape those fleeting communities re-
flects our different views about the
kinds of community we believe in and
provides a model for the uses of power.
This happens whether we do it con-
sciously or unconsciously. Our students
move on from our classes having
learned not only another language, but
also how to relate to others, how to use
power, how to cope with success and
failure, how to listen, how to deal with
differences.
The Teaching Support Group cur-
rently meets informally once a month
to discuss in a thoughtful and inten-
tional way these issues of what we are
doing in the classroom.
We try to be especially attentive to
those who are beginning to teach, and
welcome requests to address certain
topics. For example in our first meet-
ing we talked about how to be creative
in the classroom, how to move away
from and then back to the textbook in a
pedagogically sound way that moti-
vates students with different learning
styles.
The topic of the second meeting was
how to respond to aggression, resis-
tance or bad attitudes in the classroom:
those resistant silences, those racist/
homophobic/sexist/ nationalist/etc
comments, rudeness and other disci-
pline problems-basically those emo-
tionally charged moments when it's
sometimes difficult to respond in the
most effective way. In the third meet-
ing we discussed the many roles of the
teacher with her/his students: instruc-
tor, facilitator, police, authority, walking
dictionary, buddy, shrink, center of at-
tention, dominatrix, mentor, model, etc.
The Teaching Support Group wel-
comes new teachers from all the dif-
ferent languages. Because the Meth-
odology class for new teaching assis-


RLL NEWS






tants only lasts one semester, our
Spring meetings will be more frequent.
We plan to meet twice a month, with
one meeting continuing along this
philosophical line and the other meet-
ing being more practical, for example
how to stay in the target language in
first and second year language classes.
Mesa de Espaiol
As the new academic coordinator of
the Spanish Table, I warmly welcome
all students and UF academic mem-
bers who would like to spend more time
speaking Spanish. We are still meet-


ing at the
Swamp every
Wednesday
from 6:00pm to
8:00pm. You
can drop by or
leave whenever
you wish. We
think of it as an
opportunity for
people wishing
to practice their
spoken Spanish in a relaxed social set-
ting. We do not grade exams or do our


We are proud to announce the creation of a memorial fund in honor of Pro-
fessor J. Wayne Conner, the founding chair (1962-1980) of the Department of
Romance Languages & Literatures, who passed away on December 10, 2000.
We most gratefully acknowledge the fund's promising start thanks to a gener-
ous contribution of $25,000 by Mrs. Aileen Conner.
The purpose of this fund is to provide initially a $1,000 J. Wayne Conner
Fellowship as a one-year supplemental grant to an incoming French graduate
student selected by the faculty of the French section. Each year, a new French
graduate student shall be the recipient of this fellowship.
We appeal to our colleagues, alumni and alumnae, especially those who
studied and worked with Dr. Conner, to contribute to this fund, to help us main-
tain it and gradually allow us to increase the number of recipients who, eventu-
ally, may include undergraduate students. To make a contribution, please de-
tach the stub at the end of this newsletter and mail it in with your check. Please
make your check payable to "The University of Florida Foundation," and note
"J.Wayne Conner Memorial Fund # 8517" on the left hand bottom of your check.
Thank you for your generosity.




The "Alfonsina Lorenzi Memorial Scholarship
Fund" is accepting a donation in memory of a
graduate student in Spanish from Italy. Ms.
Lorenzi passed away in 1999 after a battle with
cancer. She was very vibrant and interested in
how mass communication, especially television,
influenced contemporary Latin American litera-
ture. The scholarship awards a graduate student,
who shares her zeal, with a cash prize. To make
a contribution, please detach the stub at the end
of this newsletter and mail it in with your check.
Please make your check payable to "The Uni-
versity of Florida Foundation," and note "Alfonsina
Lorenzi Memorial Fund # 6049" on the left hand
bottom of your check.
Thank you for your generosity.


homework there, but instead we sim-
ply chat the evening away in the com-
pany of like-minded people! It is a time
to get together and converse in Span-
ish about everything and anything. So
please, feel free to come visit us and
meet others who are keen on learning
and practicing this wonderful language.
Esther Valls, valls@rll.ufl.edu.



We are immensely grateful to the fol-
lowing individuals and companies,
whose generous donations have en-
abled us to fund small Scholarships,
hold "major days" for chats with our
majors, have receptions for visiting
speakers, and endow prizes for excel-
lence at the graduate and undergradu-
ate level. Thanks for helping us to be
what we are!


Donations for 10/2000
to 2/2001

Gator Textbooks, Inc.
Mr. Brian E. Adams
Dr. F. Daniel Althoff, Jr.
Mr. Gregg B. Arum
Dr. William C. Calin
Dr. Joaquirn Camps
Mrs. Aileen G. Conner
Ms. Nicole T. de Venoge
Mr. Jose A. Fernandez
Dr. Raymond Gay-Crosier
Mr. Antonio C. Gil
Mr. Jere T. Groover
Mr. Eddy A. Hernandez
Mr. Gerald G. Langford
The McGraw-Hill Cos.
Dr. Ruthmarie H. Mitsch
Mrs. Mary Morrisard-Larkin
Ms. Kelly A. Moss
Dr. Sylvia S. Newman
Dr. Geraldine C. Nichols
Mr. Oscar A. Otero
Sister Eugena Poulin
Mr. Jorge H. Raron
Dr. Roch C. Smith
Ms. Katheryn Lee Wright


SPRING 2002








FRENCH
Joe Johnson (Ph.D. 1999) taught for
a year as a Visiting Assistant Profes-
sor of French and Spanish at Georgia
Southwestern State University where,
after a national search, he has been
rehired in a tenure track position. He
continues to publish translations of
French graphic novels, including the
recent edition of Proust's A la recher-
che du temps perdu. He recently had
an article on Manon Lescaut accepted
for publication in Vol. 31 of Studies on
Eighteenth Century Culture.
Lauren Oken (M.A. 2001) is a Finan-
cial Solutions Administrator at HNC
Software Inc. in San Diego, Califor-
nia. She provides administrative sup-
port, manages group goals, and is re-
sponsible for the creation of and up-
dating of the website for the Implemen-
tation Services, Risk Analytics group.
Aneesha Pretto (B.A. 2001) re-
ceived a Fullbright Grant to study
speech pathology at the Free Univer-
sity of Brussels, Belgium. She is cur-
rently taking courses there and doing
research on issues related to the bilin-
gual education of deaf children.
Kristen Warner (B.A. 1988) has
taught French and Spanish in Florida
for 10 years. She was President of the
Florida Foreign Language Association
in 1999-2000 as well as President of
the Palm Beach County Foreign Lan-
guage Teachers' Association. In 1995
she was awarded the Embassy of
Spain Scholarship for study in Sala-
manca at the University of Salamanca
and the Florida France Institute Schol-
arship for study at the University of the
Antilles in Martinique in 1996. She was
also the recipient of the AATF scholar-
ship for study at the University of
Montreal in 1997. Kristen has written
language-testing materials for Heinle
and Heinle publishers and has worked
as a consultant and teacher trainer. She
is on a two-year professional leave of
absence from her current position in
Palm Beach County while she is work-
ing as the Teacher in Residence at Edu-
cational Testing Service in Princeton,
NJ to develop the National Board Cer-
tification assessment for World Lan-


guages other than English. (The certi-
fication will be available this fall) In
addition to this work at ETS, she is cur-
rently writing her dissertation on Pro-
fessional development experiences of
National Board candidates in Florida at
Florida Atlantic University in Boca
Raton. kwarner@ets.org

SPANISH
Gregory A. Clemons (Ph.D. 1996)
recently was granted tenure and pro-
moted to Associate Professor. Greg is
on the faculty at Mars Hill College near
Asheville, North Carolina. In the spring
of 2002, Greg and another colleague
will take students to Chiapas, Mexico,
for a week-long study tour. This will be
Greg's fifth trip with students to
Chiapas! Greg will present a paper at
this year's MLA convention in New
Orleans. His topic is a comparison of
Spanish-language education for adults
at two-year and four-year schools. In
the fall of 2001, Greg presented a pa-
per at the annual meeting of the For-
eign Language Assoc. of North Caro-
lina. His talk was a presentation of
current statistics about Hispanics in the
USA North Carolina as well as teach-
ing strategies for heritage language
speakers/learners in the K-12 class-
room. Greg's partner, Jim Johnson,
also a UF grad, is currently a case
manager at a home for at-risk youth in
Asheville.
Krzysztof Kulawik (Ph.D. 2000)
and Marcela Hurtado (Ph. D. 2000)
Thanks for the interest in our where-
abouts! Both Marcela and I graduated
from UF as Doctors of Philosophy last
summer semester. We are currently
working (very hard) as Assistant Pro-
fessors at Central Michigan University
(19.000 students), situated in a town
called Mount Pleasant in the middle of
the lower peninsula of Michigan. It truly
stands up to its name: it is an enchant-
ing area and an interesting part of the
State of Michigan, especially for nature
lovers. We are about 3 hours from
Detroit and 5 hours' drive from Chi-
cago. It's getting colder by the day.
We teach Spanish at the undergradu-
ate levels and at the senior level, I teach


Spanish American Literature, Marcela
teaches Spanish Linguistics (currently
phonetics). For next year we are sched-
uled to teach graduate courses. We are
happy to be working together, each one
in his/her own field. Our Department is
called Foreign Languages and Litera-
tures, and we feel very well here so far.
As an additional piece of information,
I will say that I attended and presented
a paper titled "The Economy of the
Word: Latin American Economy and
the Aesthetics of the Baroque" at the
biannual Latin American Studies Asso-
ciation (LASA) Conference, held this
past September 5-8, just days before
the deadly attack on that city. Also this
past April my article "Sarduy's Pajaros
de la Playa and the Deconstruction of
the American Paradise" was published
in the Journal Tinta: Technological Dis-
course, published by the University of
California Santa Barbara (December
2000 issue).
Both Marcela and I hope to stay in
Central Michigan for at least a few
years, possibly for longer since we are
on tenure track jobs. We also hope to
stay in touch with our friends and col-
leagues in RLL in Florida! Please send
ourwarmest regards to everybody, es-
pecially to Susana Braylan, Prof. Alas-
Brun, and Dr. Nichols and please pass
on our e-mail address to Terry Lopez,
whom we also greet warmly (as well
as all the other staff in the office!)
Our address is: 301 W Broomfield
St. Apt 202 / Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 /
Tel: (989) 774 6837 / (989) 774 3536 /
E-mail: k.kulawik@cmich.edu;
m. hurtado@cmich.edu
Kyrenia (Kitty) Tages-Labrador re-
cently got her M.A. in Gifted Education
and Secondary Spanish from Belmont
University, TN. Kitty moved to St. Pe-
tersburg, FL, where she is teaching at
Gibbs High School, Pinellas County.
Catherine Osborne (M.A. 1999) I
graduated with Chris in Spanish Litera-
ture. Currently I am a Visiting Instruc-
tor at George Mason University in
Fairfax Virginia. I principally teach in-
termediate grammar and language
courses, plus a course in Latin Ameri-
Continued on page 9


RLL NEWS









Montserrat Alds-Brun, Assistant
Professor of Spanish (Ph.D., Univer-
sity of Virginia, 1992).
Her book
De la co-
media del
disparate al
teatro del
absurdo fo-





of the Ab-
surd. She
has also published several studies on
contemporary Spanish playwrights and
Latin American novelists. Her current
research deals with the construction of
national identity in the propaganda lit-
erature of the 30's and 40's in Spain,
the representations of racial otherness
in contemporary Spanish literature,
theater, and pop culture, and the ef-
fects of censorship in the performing
arts during Franco's regime in Spain.
Andrew Lynch, Assistant Professor
of Spanish ( Ph.D., University of Min-
nesota, 1999).
His disser-
tation fo-
cused on
Spanish-En-
glish lan-
guage use
and variation
among Cu-
ban immi-
grant fami-
lies in Miami.
His special-
izations are
Hispanic lin-
guistics, sociolinguistics and applied
linguistics. Prior to coming to UF, he
spent two years directing the Spanish
for Heritage Speakers program at Uni-
versity of Miami. Lynch's current re-
search deals with Spanish-English bi-
lingualism in the US.
Rori Bloom, Assistant Professor of
French (PhD., New York University,
2001)
Originally from Baltimore, she did her


undergradu-
ate work at
Washington
University in
St.Louis and
her graduate
work at NYU. .
She has
spent several
years in
France,
teaching high
school English in Poitiers and study-
ing in Caen and in Paris where she
completed her M.A. She spent last year
in Paris on a Chateaubriand Fellowship
completing research for her newly de-
fended dissertation on I'Abbe Prevost.
The theme of this work is the emer-
gence of the modern author. In herthe-
sis, Dr. Bloom also explores the liter-
ary relationship between England and
France in this period, particularly as it
affects the development of the genre
of the newspaper. She is very inter-
ested in the relationship between jour-
nalism and fiction and plans to continue
research in that area.
Gillian Lord, Assistant Professor of
Spanish (PhD, Penn State University,
2001).
Her areas
of special-
ization are
second lan-
guage acqui-
sition (SLA)
and acquisi-
tion of sec-
ond lan-
guage pho-
netics and
phonology.
Lord is
teaching in
the RLL department and the Program
in Linguistics, as well as directing the
program for second-year Spanish stu-
dents. Her current research focuses on
acquisition of Spanish sound patterns
by native English speakers, the effects
of study in abroad on SLA, and the use
of technology in foreign language edu-
cation.


Theresa Antes, Assistant Professor
of French (Ph.D., Cornell University,
1993)
A spe-
cialist in
French lin-
guistics
and applied
linguistics

language
acquisition
and peda-
gogy), she
was em-
ployed at
Wayne State University in Detroit, MI
before moving to the University of
Florida. Her current research projects
include examining the development of
learners' reading skills in a second lan-
guage, as well as students' acquisition
of morphological features of French.
She is the Coordinator of the first-year
French program, and will be teaching
for both the department of romance lan-
guages and literatures and the program
in linguistics.
Mary Watt, Assistant Professor of
Italian, (Ph.D., University of Toronto,
1998)
S Watt
Same to UF
from SUNY
n Buffalo,
where she
was a visit-
ing assis-
tant profes-
sor. Watt is
interested
in the cross
temporary
overlap of
culture, ico-
nography and semiotics in medieval
and modern literature. She teaches
courses in Italian grammar and cinema
as well as cross-disciplinary courses
focusing on the role of Rome in Italian
literature, art, and architecture. She is
researching the relationship between
the iconography of the cross, the cru-
sades, and pilgrimage in Dante's Di-
vine Comedy.


SPRING 2002








Provence, France
Dr. Gayle Zachmann, Director of the
UF in Provence Programs in France,
is pleased to report that this innova-
tive interdisciplinary program has now
brought well over 100 students and 8
different UF faculty members to Eu-
rope. With two separate campuses,
one in Avignon and the other in Aix-
en-Provence, the UF in Provence Pro-
gram, offered an array of multidis-
ciplinary courses between 16 and 20
annually to students coming from 32
different majors and 7 colleges cam-
pus wide. In addition to an outstand-
ing academic program, the program
highlights immersion in a rich cultural
environment. UF in Provence coin-
cides with the Avignon theater festival,
and an international festival atAix. Stu-
dents are lodged with French host
families and participate in a number
of cultural activities. This year, students
had the privilege of having Professor
George Diller, teaching a site-specific
Provengal Literature course, and Pro-
fessor Donald Ault, teaching an inno-
vative cultural studies course on Com-
ics and French Culture, as well as a
variety of excursions to Aries,
Marseille, St. Tropez, and Les Baux,
among others.
As in the summer of 2000, UF in
Provence concluded with 100% of our
students and our faculty saying that
they would recommend the program.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Summer Program in Rio de
Janeiro in 2000 experienced excep-
tional growth and resounding suc-
cesses with Prof. Ginway at the helm.
The 2001 Program, directed by Prof.
Perrone, again attracted the largest-
ever contingent of student clientele,
both local (UF major/minors, Title VI
grad students) and national (from such
schools as Harvard, Hopkins, Duke,
and Chicago). The business option of
the Rio Program completed its second
year. Most importantly, UF celebrated
the twentieth anniversary of the pro-
gram at IBEU (Instituto Brasil Estados
Unidos). In March, program directors
from Rio came to UF for a three-day


tour, culminating with a reception in
Dauer Hall at which a commemorative
plaque was presented. A similar
plaque was given to Prof. Perrone in
Rio at a special event in honor of the
landmark year. The UF observance
was the initiative of Prof. Terry Mc Coy
of the Center for Latin American Stud-
ies.

Rome, Italy
Michael Paden directed the "2001
Roman Odyssey" Study Abroad Pro-
gram which attracted 42 students from
UF and one from out of state. The Pro-
gram was a great success and the
courses complemented the roman set-
ting. Luca Caminati taught a course
on Italian Cinema and
Sherrie Nunn taught the beginning
Italian class. Next summer's program
is already fully subscribed.

Seville, Spain
RLL inaugurated new Summer Pro-
gram in Seville. Thirty-four UF students
successfully completed the first "UF in
Seville" Summer Program during Sum-
merA of 2001 (May 15-June 25). Four
upper division courses were offered in
Seville, of which students could select
two. Three students were able to


graduate after Summer A with majors
or minors in Spanish. Students lived
with carefully selected host families in
Seville. Excursions to Madrid, Toledo,
C6rdoba, Granada, Caceres, and
Merida enriched the program. Day
trips and activities included horseback
riding on the beach at Mataslasca~as,
bowling, "sevillanas" (dance) classes,
going out as a group for "tapas,"
"intercambios" with students at the
University of Seville, a day-trip to the
beach at Cadiz and a farewell party.
The program was administered in
Seville by International Studies Abroad
(ISA), which offered students a cen-
trally located site with a lending library,
travel resource center, and Internet ac-
cess. Classes were held at the recently
opened Instituto Mester, housed in a
converted Andalusian mansion. Class-
rooms, which wrapped around an at-
tractively renovated central atrium,
were appointed with chandeliers, art-
work, parquet floors, grillwork balco-
nies and shuttered windows. Last
summer, Dr. Armon contributed to
RLL's new 6 week-summer study pro-
gram in Seville. Dr. Armon's course
was entitled "Women in Early Modern
Seville." Shifra Armon is spending the
academic year 2001-2002 in Spain.



From left to right Ann Elton (Program
Assistant), Terry Lopez (Graduate Sec-
retary), Obed Santana (Office Assis-
tant), and Sue Ollmann (Office Man-
ager).
There have been several changes in
the staff this year. Obed Santana has
replaced Donna Rivera who took a part
time position with the College of Jour-
nalism. Ann Elton, who comes from
the Department of Astronomy, has re-
placed Jeremy Anderson. Jeremy has
taken a job with Coastal Dental.
Veronica Foreacre took a position with
Linguistics and Academic Spoken En-
glish in August. We have just now
been allowed to hire her replacement.
Tania Fleming will be joining us at the
end of March. She comes from Santa
Fe Community College.


RLL NEWS








FRENCH
A number of catalysts contributed to
the success of the undergraduate
French program and growing interest
in French culture. Our annual October
reception for actual and prospective
French majors and minors attracted
over 100 participants. Equally encour-
aging is the continued strong interest
in the UF in Provence programs
(Avignon and Aix-en-Provence),
spurred by the enthusiasm of return-
ing students (see report elsewhere in
Newsletter). A one-week film festival
which brought recent French films to a
commercial theater in Gainesville at-
tracted a large public, including many
students. Its generous sponsor, Mr.
Frangois Ravidat, brought along sev-
eral directors whose presentations and
workshops raised interest in the con-
temporary French film industry and re-
lated cultural topics.
In 2000-2001, 17 undergraduage
French majors received their degrees,
1 with High Honors after successful
completion of an honors thesis, 8 with
Honors, and 3 with a Certificat de
Baccalaureat Superieur (BacSup):
Remedios Arguello, Priscilla Chapman
(BacSup), Sofia Dangond, Kathleen
Donovan (Honors, BacSup), Jenny
Duret (High Honors; thesis director: Dr.
Bernadette Cailler), Aimee Fletcher
(Honors), Jessica Furman, Arcelia
Desiree Lomer, Jessica Lutz, Benjamin
McClure (Honors), Janice Perez Oferal
(Honors), Karen Olaciregui, Aneesha
Pretto (Hauptman Medal, Honors),
Maryanne L. Purcell (Honors), Cheryl
Rockliff (Honors, BacSup), Ellen Ruth
Schuster (Honors), Guerline Thomas.
In addition, 13 students graduated with
a French minor. The number of new
majors follows last year's pattern,
peaking in January. As of September,
60 students are seeking a French ma-
jor or double/dual major and 63 stu-
dents are minoring. As before, the most
significant quantitative and qualitative
growth is among the group of dual and
double majors.
Each spring, the French section of-
fers two sets of special tests for quali-
fied students. Three seniors success-


fully passed the written and oral exams
leading to the Certificat de Baccalaureat
Superieur: Priscilla Chapman (Mention
Bien), Kathleen Donovan (Mention
Bien), and Cheryl Rockliff (Mention
Bien). Six students passed the test re-
quired for the Certificat Pratique de
Frangais Commercial Economique
sponsored by the Chambre de Com-
merce de Paris and administered by
Juanita Casagrande: Nicole Demers,
Christine Finch, Alexander Hurd (Men-
tion Bien), Desiree Lomer (Mention
Bien), Peter Oddo, Andrimboara
Randrianjasolo (Mention Bien). At the
impressive annual award ceremony in
April, a host of students were recog-
nized for their various achievements.
Dictionaries for academic excellence
were received by Kristin Auman and
Claudia Cornett. To study in Avignon,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Study Abroad Fellowships were pre-
sented to Marie Bros, Laura Rowe,
Aneke Victoria, James Andrews,
Mayoanna Basse, and Grant King. Tina
Faris was honored with the College's
Annual Scholarship Award (Highest
Distinction), while Nathalie Domond
received an Anderson Scholarship (Dis-
tinction). Aneesha Pretto and Cheryl
Rockliff were induced to the Phi Beta
Kappa National Honors Society. Finally,
Aneesha Pretto was also the recipient
of the Michael Hauptmann Medal hon-
oring sustained excellence as an un-
dergraduate major. Dr. Raymond Gay-
Crosier.

SPANISH
Dr. Greg Moreland is in his second
semester as Undergraduate Coordina-
tor. He is pleased to report, based on
data provided by the Academic Advis-
ing Center and in-class surveys, that
enrollment in Spanish is flourishing.
The number of Majors has increased
significantly; the number of Minors has
jumped even more dramatically.
Growing enrollment in Spanish
classes has been accompanied by a
significant increase in the number of
students interested in studying abroad.
The UF in Seville program was a re-
sounding success in Summer 2001,


and Seville 2002 promises to be equally
beneficial and enjoyable for UF stu-
dents and faculty (Dr. Montserrat Alas-
Brun will teach there this summer). The
second phase in our Chair's plan to
improve study abroad offerings in
Spanish debuts in Summer 2002, with
a new program in Santander, Spain
(Professor Kathy Dwyer-Navajas and
graduate student Christina Welch-
Alvarez will teach classes in San-
tander). The Seville program offers
courses at the 3000- and 4000-levels,
while Santander is designed for stu-
dents at the 2000-level. Our next phase
will be UF in Guanajuato (Mexico), ten-
tatively scheduled for Summer 2003,
with courses at the 3000-level.
The Spanish Section graduated the
following number of students during
2001-2002: Fall 2001, 8 Majors and 8
Minors; Spring 2002, 23 Majors and 29
Minors. Many of these young men and
women graduated with Honors. Par-
ticularly noteworthy are the cases of
Mary Will (Thesis, Highest Honors) and
Candice Whyte (Thesis, High Honors).
At the Spring 2001 Undergraduate
Awards Ceremony, the following indi-
viduals earned special recognition:
Sarah Keithley and Steve Schaef (Dic-
tionaries for Academic Excellence in
Spanish at the Intermediate Level);
Alejandro Burgos, Jairo Rojas, Chris-
tina Silva, Reena Staunko, Quyen
Nguyen and Amber Schmale (CLAS
Study Abroad Fellowships through the
UF International Center to RLL Majors
and Minors); Matthew D. Hill, Kimberly
A. Davis and Benjamin P. Tyner (CLAS
Scholars and Scholarship Winners,
High Distinction); Alejandro Burgos,
Helena K. Sznurkowski, Timothy J.
Runyon and Joshua R. Kneidl (CLAS
Scholars and Scholarship Winners,
Distinction); Matthew D. Hill and Quyen
Nguyen (University Scholars Program);
Jennifer Bulat, Milena Jarvis, Brad Pitts
and Rosa Rodriguez (Sigma Delta Pi,
New Members); Stacey Kelly, Mary Will
and Stephanie Litka (Phi Beta Kappa,
National Honor Society); Virginia
Casanova (Michael Hauptman Medal
for Academic Excellence by Graduat-
ing Majors in Romance Languages).


SPRING 2002








Sigma Delta Pi (Hispanic Honor Society) is open to outstanding students of the Spanish language and Hispanic
literature. One of the signal benefits of membership is eligibility for a summer scholarship from the national office of
Sigma Delta Pi for study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. Three members of the Beta Rho chapter have applied
for scholarships for the summer of 2002. We are anxiously awaiting the results of the competition!
We are pleased to list initiates into the chapter: Nidza Marichal, Soniya Keskar, Vanessa Bueno, Dea Papajorgji,
Stephanie Cancho, Reena Staunko (from Fall 2001) and Amy Hammerand, Alfredo Sosa-Velasco, Adam Cohen, Liza
Galindo, Violeta Lorenzo, Elisabeth Espinosa, Leslie Adams, Alicia Gier (Spring 2002).


FRENCH
During the
academic year .
2000-2001, we
received inquir- ,
ies about our
graduate pro-
gram from thirty-
four students.
Seven new stu-
dents were ad-
mitted to our M.A.
Program and three requested deferred
admission. Over the past year, three
students completed their Masters de-
gree in French: Rochelle Soffer, Lucie
Viakinnou-Brinson, and Lauren Oken.
Giovanna Summerfield has been ex-
ceptionally active during the past year.
She has given three papers, has pub-
lished two articles, a review, and a
translation of Vivant Denon, Point de
Lendemain for the University Press of
America. The UF Humanities Council
awarded her, for2001-2002, a Humani-
ties Center Task Force Fellowship.
Thanks to her initiative and organiza-
tional energy, we established a UF
chapter of the National French Honor
Society. In April, seven graduate stu-
dents were initiated into the Society:
Rachel Hart, Heather Howell, Daniele
Buchler, Giovanna Summerfield (Presi-
dent), Lucie Viakinnou-Brinson, Dana
Martin, and Suzanne Lindley. Dr.
George T. Diller, Interim Graduate Co-
ordinator2000-2001.


SPANISH
We welcomed thirteen new graduate
students this year, with diverse back-
grounds, interests, and goals. Six seek
the MA and seven the Ph.D., with nine
in literature and four in linguistics. They
join us from all parts of the U.S., Ar-


gentina, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Spain,
and Venezuela. Two won Alumni Fel-
lowships and one a Presidential Fel-
lowship in recognition of outstanding
academic promise. We have grown
to an all-time high of thirty-six gradu-
ate students, the result of several fun-
damental changes introduced in the
program since 1995.
First, a new tracking system helps
students better manage theirtime and
define objectives, providing close ad-
vising on course work, examinations
and thesis/dissertation proposal writ-
ing. Students progress at a defined
pace, opening up spaces for new stu-
dents. In 2001-02, eleven students
passed their Comps and obtained the
MA, while seven obtained the Ph.D.
Second, new faculty have enhanced
our graduate
program and its
reputation, in-
cluding our lat-
est additions: Dr.
Montserrat Alas-
Brun (Spanish
contemporary
literature), Dr.
Gillian Lord
(Spanish Ap-
plied Linguis-
tics), and Dr. Andrew Lynch (Spanish
Sociolinguistics). Over the past two
years, visiting professors also enriched
our offerings: Dr. Maria Luisa Freyre
and Dr. Lucia Golluscio (Historical and
Theoretical Spanish Linguistics, Spring
2001); Dr. Alicia Genovese (Contem-
porary Spanish American literature,
Fall 2001), and Dr. Olympia Gonzalez
(Medieval and Early Modern Spanish
literature, Spring 2002).
Finally, the Spanish graduate pro-
gram has been modified to fit current
academic needs. Seminars and


courses restricted to graduate students
now account for 75% of our graduate
students' classes. The qualifying ex-
amination was redesigned to serve as
the initial step toward writing the dis-
sertation proposal. Other improve-
ments include lighter teaching loads,
higher stipends, more and better fel-
lowships, and a support for academic
travel. There are two new scholarships
for graduate students to spend six
weeks in Spain, and a new summer
program in Santander will allow a
graduate student to teach abroad. To
give our Ph.D. candidates a competi-
tive edge in the job market, we encour-
age them to teach courses beyond the
elementary level: second- and third-
year language, literature and culture
courses, as well as FLAC (Foreign Lan-
guages Across the Curriculum) sec-
tions. We provide intensive advisement
for them throughout the job search pro-
cess. The six Ph.D. graduates who
sought tenure-track positions for the
2001-02 AY were successful in their
search (see boxes). Dr. A. Avellaneda.


RLL NEWS


Spanish M.A. Degrees, May
2001
Ana Corbalan
Valentina Devescovi
Tania Fisher
Karen Jones
Alvaro Leiva
Nidza Marichal
Karina Miller
Javier Omenaca
Erica Oshier






Continued from page 4
can Literature. However my position
includes developing a Heritage Speak-
ers curriculum for the 2002-2003 school
year.
Hilda L6pez-Laval (Ph.D. 1993) is
full professor of Spanish and Humani-
ties at Chadron State College, Ne-
braska. She spent her sabbatical in
Spain last semester and, extremely
happy and full of new ideas, came back
to her office with 3 boxes of mail, more
than 1,000 e mails to answer and a
semester to start. Instead of writing all
the news she decided to send regards
to her classmates, friends and profes-
sors, in special to Dr. Avellaneda and
Dr. Nichols. E-mails are welcome
hlaval@csc.edu
Maria Cami-Vela (Ph.D. 1995) has
just published her second book,
Mujeres detras de la camara: Entrevis-
tas con cineastas espafiolas de la
decade de los 90, Madrid: Ocho y
Medio, 2001. She is also participating
in the production of a documentary
video about abused women, under the
direction of Isabel Coixet in Barcelona.
In addition, Cami-Vela is producing her


own documentary for the University of
North Carolina TV station, about the
Latino Community in Wilmington. On
a personal note, Maria has become the
grandmother of a beautiful girl, Ana
Maria.
Mark R. Cox (Ph.D. 1995): My wife,
Silvia, and I had our second son, Jer-
emy Alexander, on October 3.Older
brother Michael, who just turned three,
is very happy with his little brother. I
have received tenure and promotion at
Presbyterian College. This year I will
have given papers at AATSP, LASA,
and Brown University; I am writing
seven articles for a two-volume study
on contemporary Peruvian narrative to
be published in Italy next year. I con-
tinue as web master for the Peru Sec-
tion of LASA (www.presby.edu/
lasaperu), am organizing a South Caro-
lina Latin American Studies conference
(wwwpresby.edu/sccis), and hope to
spend one or two semesters in Peru
next year working on my book on Pe-
ruvian narrative about the period of po-
litical violence in the 1980s and 1990s.
mkcox@mail.prtcnet. com
Liliana Dorado (Ph.D. 2001) is As-


sistant Professor of Spanish at the
University of Texas A&M in Kingsville.
Although a small department, it offers
an M.A. and will soon have a Ph.D. pro-
gram in conjunction with several Texas
state universities, using distance learn-
ing and other innovative methods. I am
able to create my own courses, and am
preparing one on fiction and film about
the Spanish Civil War. Last October,
invited by the Island Council of Las
Palmas and Tenerife, I went to the Ca-
nary Islands to participate in the
"Jornadas Mercedes Pinto." There I
lectured about Pinto, a Canary writer
who lived in Uruguay during the 1920s.
The Island Council published Pinto's
first three books, and I will direct the
volume covering her writings in Uru-
guay. I am working on other projects
on Galician literature and literature
written in jail by Civil War Republicans,
the subject of my thesis. As you can
see, I have not had the time to get
bored. I live in Corpus Christi, and my
email address is kfld000@tamuk.edu.
Greetings to everybody, and you know
where to find me if you need me.


SPRING 2002


Ph.D. Students Who Obtained Tenure-Track Positions, 2001-02
Guido Arze, Spring Hill College, Alabama
Maritza Bell-Corrales, Georgia Southern University
Francisco Bustamante, SUNY Cortland
Liliana Dorado, Texas A&M Kingsville
Marcela Hurtado, Central Michigan University
Krisztof Kulawik, Central Michigan University


New Spanish Graduate Students, August 2001
Dania Abreu (M.A., Literature)
Rayito Calder6n (M.A., Linguistics)
Miguel De Feo (Ph.D., Literature)
Erica Fischer-Dorantes (Ph.D., Linguistics)
Amy Hammerand (M.A., Literature)
Kandace Halladay (Ph.D., Literature)
Karen Jones (Ph.D., Literature)
Sarah Kraemer (M.A. Linguistics)
Carlos Lafuente (Ph.D., Literature)
Kathleen McCarter (M.A., Linguistics)
Aixa Said Mohand (Ph.D., Linguistics)
Megan Smoker (Ph.D., Literature)
Alfredo Sosa-Velasco (Ph.D., Literature)
Karina Vazquez (M.A., Literature)


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The Setting
Rio is in a breathtakingly beautiful
natural setting, a rare combination of
mountains that rise out of the ocean,
coupled with beaches and bays. The
hotel where I stayed in the year 2000
was only a block from the Copacabana
beach, which I see from my hotel win-
dow. The rooftop bar afforded a 360-
degree view of ocean, beach and
mountains. I never tire of jogging or
walking along the beachfront in the
morning, looking at the mountains, the
ocean, the imposing buildings and ho-
tels, and the morning exercisers and
sun worshippers.
When in Rio, I love taking the bus
around the city, to enjoy the view of
Sugar Loaf Mountain, and to experi-
ence the wild way the bus drivers race
around the "aterro," an express zone
between Copacabana and the down-
town area of Rio. On my regular
agenda are trips to the nineteenth-cen-
tury plaza of CinelAndia downtown, and
the Botanical Garden, which was
founded by Dom Joao VI, the King of
Portugal, who came to Brazil with the
Portuguese Court in 1808, fleeing Na-
poleon. A trip by trolley up hills to the
historic neighborhood of Santa Teresa
affords another view of the Rio of old.


FRENCH
Theresa Antes was invited to or-
ganize a panel on Second Language
Acquisition at the Kentucky Foreign
Language Conference in April. She
also presented a paper entitled
"Tracking the Morphological Devel-
opment of Interlanguage in French
as a Second Language." In June,
she received a RLL mini-grant for fur-
ther research involving nominal, ad-
jectival, and verbal morphological
development in French as a second
language. She was invited to con-
tribute a chapter on pedagogical ap-
plications to the teaching of litera-
ture for a forthcoming MLA volume
entitled "Pedagogical Strategies for
programs in Nineteenth & Twentieth
Century French Studies: Dynamic
Dialogue." The volume will be out in


In 1998, I accompanied about 12 stu-
dents on a trip to historic downtown Rio,
in order for them to get to know the
streets and neighborhoods mentioned
by Brazil's most famous nineteenth-
century author, Machado de Assis,
whose works we had studied the pre-
vious semester.
The Program
While I directed the Rio program,
1998 and 2000, it nearly doubled in
size, from 22 to 40 students. Two-thirds
to three-quarters to of the students are
from universities otherthan the Univer-
sity of Florida. Part of my job was to
keep the program running smoothly
and to make sure that students felt that
their needs were being taken care of.
The year 2000 was also the first year
of the Rio business program, directed
by Dr. Terry McCoy, which had seven
students. Before classes started, Terry
McCoy and I met with students a hotel
restaurant as a way for them to get to
know each another before being di-
vided into classes, which meet every
morning for three hours. I also had
them sign up to eat lunch with me in
groups of six to eight. In addition to
meeting with them at the morning cof-
fee break every day, I also observed
classes, attended the lecture series


2002.
Read Baker was on sabbatical
leave in 2000-
2001. She is
preparing a
book tentatively
entitled An In-
tellectual Biog-
raphy of Robert
Challe. This
spring she pub-
lished an article
"Shifting Cul-
tural Tides in
Robert Challe's Journal d'un voyage
faix aux Indes Orientales (1690-
1691)" in a special issue of The
South Atlantic Reviewwhose overall
title is: "Being Global. From the En-
lightenment to the Age of Informa-
tion." In late April, she attended the


that is part of their curriculum and went
on the excursions planned for students
by the staff of IBEU, the language cen-
ter where the program takes place.
Excursions
I first accompanied students to a
beautiful turn-of-the-century restaurant
in Rio, with high ceilings and gilt-edged
mirrors, where we enjoyed the typical
Brazilian Saturday afternoon meal of
"feijoada." The next weekend we went
on the day-long excursion to Petr6polis,
to see the summer palace of the Bra-
zilian Emperor Dom Pedro II.
A group of students invited me to go
to the world's largest soccer stadium,
Maracan5, to see a game between Bra-
zil and Uruguay. It was quite an expe-
rience, with large crowds and traffic
jams, even though once we were in-
side, the stadium seemed quite empty.
One student accompanied me to an art
exhibit, and another to the National Li-
brary. Overall, the group of forty were
active in planning their fun, going to
samba schools, dancing to "forr6" mu-
sic until all hours of the night, and or-
ganizing their own activities, trips and
excursions for the weekends, all in ad-
dition to their regular coursework.




annual meeting of the American So-
ciety for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
At this meeting, a special session
was devoted to Challe and attended
by several outstanding French and
Belgian specialists of Challe. Pro-
fessor Baker's contribution was: "An
Ever-Receding God: Deist Apol-
ogetics and Absolutism in Robert
Challe's Difficultes sur la religion
proposes au P6re Malebranche."
Rori Bloom presented a paper
entitled "Une Teinture anglaise: The
English Esthetic in Prevost's Pouret
contre" at the annual conference of
the American Society for Eighteenth-
century Studies in New Orleans last
April. Her paper will soon be pub-
lished in a volume of essays on
Anglo-French cultural exchanges of
the period At the MLA Meeting in


RLL NEWS






December, she presented "The
Causes C6lebres of the Pour et
Contre: Celebrity and Judgement in
the Journalism of I'abbe Prevost."
She was the keynote speaker for the
Festival Frangais at the P.K. Yonge
School in Gainesville. Currently she
is very much enjoying teaching the
French Senior Seminar class on
"Masquerade in the 17th and 18th cen-
turies."
Sylvie Blum-Reid (Romance Lan-
guages and Literatures with affiliation
with Film and media Studies and
Asian Studies) chaired Lauren
Oken's M.A. thesis, "Masculinity in
Crisis: The Buddy Films of Bertrand
Blier" (April 2001). Dr. Blum-Reid
spent three-weeks during the sum-
mer in Vietnam as part of the CIEE
international development seminar
and, while there, initiated institutional
contacts between Vietnamese Uni-
versities and the University of
Florida. Her article on recent French
cinema appears in the latest issue of
IRIS, Revue de theorie de I'image et
du son. For the second year, she will
chair a special PAMLA session spon-
sored by "Women in French" on the
Theme of Travel. She will also con-
tribute a paper on Michel Ragon at
Santa Clara University in November
2001. She also served as a consult-
ant for the Canadian Journal of Film
Studies.
Bernadette Cailler organized and
chaired a panel on "The Interlingual,
Intertextual, Intersemiotic Creative
Circle (Maghreb Literature and Cin-
ema)" for the 2001 Meeting of the Af-
rican Literature Association, in Rich-
mond, Virginia, April 4-8. She also
organized and chaired a panel on
"Tunisia in non-Tunisian Literatures
- 2: one year after Sousse", for the
2001 Meeting of the Conseil Interna-
tional d'Etudes Francophones in
Portland, Maine, May 27-June 3. Her
own paper was titled: "De Virgile a
Glissant: quels reves, quelles
Carthage? [Narration et Symbolique
- la Ville, la Femme.]." In Novem-
ber, she will present a paper at the
4th International Conference on Car-
ibbean Literature, in Fort-de France,


Martinique, November 7-9. Her pa-
per is titled: "Du Musee de Carthage
au poeme de Glissant: Scipion, Baal,
et la flamme du brasier [Narration et
Symbolique le Barbare, le Divin]."
By the end of 2001, she will have pre-
sented three papers related to a cur-
rent project on "Carthage" for which
she received CLAS Enhancement
funds in Summer2000. The ENTRE
NOUS series which she has orga-
nized and administered since Fall
1997 is entering its 5th AY. Speakers
for Spring 2001 were Montserrat
Alas-Brun, Jean-Elie Gilles, and
Sylvie-Blum-Reid. In Fall 2001, the
ENTRE NOUS community ("RLL and
FRIENDS") is welcoming Donald
Rosenberg, Mary Watt, Barbara
Petrosky, and Luca Caminati.
William Calin completed his ten-
ure as a Florida Foundation Re-
search Professor and spent summer
2001 at the Scottish National Library
in Edinburgh, doing preliminary re-
search for his next extended project,
"The French Tradition and the Litera-
ture of Medieval and Early Modern
Scotland." Minority Literatures and
Modernism: Scots, Breton, and
Occitan, 1920-1990, University of
Toronto Press, 400 pp., hardcover
and paperback, came out in January.
Dr. Calin gave papers in California
(UC Davis), Michigan, New York
(SUNY Buffalo), and an invited lec-
ture at the University of Georgia in
their "Story of French" series spon-
sored by the Center of Humanities:
"Textes medievaux, approaches
modernes." Finally, he organized a
Colloquium at UF in April on the Lan-
guages and Literatures of the
Pyrenees: "Barcelona, Bilbao, Bor-
deaux: Resituating the Periphery,"
which concluded with his presenta-
tion, "Robert Lafont Writes the First
Occitan 'New Novel': La Festa (2
vols.)." Dr. Calin was elected to the
university-wide UF Graduate Coun-
cil and chaired the search commit-
tee which recruited RLL's newest ap-
pointment in French, Dr. Rori Bloom.
George Diller has served as in-
terim Graduate Advisor for French
and as Coordinator of the French


Faculty of the department during the
past academic year. In addition to his
regular classes, he gave a reward-
ing course entitled "Modern French
Prose of Provengal inspiration" for
the UF in Provence program at
Avignon, France. This course offered
students the occasion to study au-
thors less well read within our regu-
lar French curriculum, including
Alphonse Daudet, Henri Bosco,
Marcel Pagnol, and Jean Giono. Pro-
fessor Diller is pleased to report that
the Parisian publisher Hachette has
published his edition of Froissart,
Chroniques, in the "Lettres
Gothiques" series, directed by Michel
Zink of the College de France.
Raymond Gay-Crosier com-
pleted two
Il' projects: a book
on Albert
C sCamus's The
Stranger, an
extensive etat
present of more
than half a cen-
tury of research
on this novel (to
be published
this fall by Gale
Research); and volume 19 of the
Camus series published by the
Lettres Modernes (Paris). The latter
is mainly devoted to L'Homme revolt
/The Rebelto commemorate the 50th
anniversary of the publication of this
major philosophical essay. In the
same spirit, he organized a special
session on this work to be held at
the annual meeting of the South At-
lantic Modern Language Association
in Atlanta, November 9-11. To date,
the critical bibliography that he main-
tains on the internet has attracted
over 20,000 visitors. Other editorial
activities include his continuation as
assistant review editor of The French
Reviewand general editor of the Ars
Interpretandi series (P. Lang, New
York). For the next five years, his at-
tention will be centered on signifi-
cant contributions to each of the new
four-volume Pleiade (Gallimard) edi-
tion of the complete works of Albert
Camus.


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Carol Murphy was invited to
present a paper, "Jean Paulhan et
Jean Fautrier: re-presenter le reel,"
at the Institute for Romance Studies
at the University of London on May
4, 2001. The day-long symposium on
Jean Paulhan featured speakers
from England, France, Switzerland,
and Scotland. On May 28, in the
State Capitol, she attended the sign-
ing of a Memorandum of Understand-
ing between the government of
France and the state of Florida which
will facilitate faculty and student ex-
changes between France and Florida
and provide scholarships for study in
France. On July 14, she was named
Chevalier dans I'ordre des Palmes
Academiques by the French Minis-
ter of Education, M. Jack Lang, for
her efforts to promote French lan-
guage, culture and the arts in the U.S.
Her article, "Reassessing Marguer-
ite Duras" will appear in Twentieth-
Century French Studies and another
article, "Unheard Memories in Julien
Gracq's Le Roi Cophetua" is being
considered by Romance Language
Notes. She continues as Associate
Dean for Academic Affairs in the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
and pursues research in her next
book project about the encounter of
author-editor Jean Paulhan and art-
ist Jean Fautri.
Gayle Zachmann had an active
year teaching French Civilization,


Realism, Contemporary Culture and
Grammar and Composition. She co-
Chaired the Graduate Awards and
Placement committee, was co-Chair
of Graduate studies, and a UF Sen-
ate Steering Committee member.
She spent the summer of 2001 direct-
ing the UF in Provence program from
the Avignon site, where she taught a
6-credit Intensive Intermediate
French course. This year, Dr.
Zachmann's book Frameworks for
Mallarme, was given editorial board
approval by the State University of
New York Press (SUNY). Her article
"Frameworks for Mallarme's Photo-
Graphics" appeared in L'Esprit
Createur, her article on Mallarme and
Dance, "Offensive Moves in
Mallarme: Dancing with Des Astres"
appeared with Rodopi; and her article
"Overseas Engagements: The Pres-
ence and the Futures of Study
Abroad," was accepted for a book
entitled, Pedagogical Strategies for
Programs in Nineteenth & Twentieth
Century French Studies: Dynamic
Dialogue, to appear with the Modern
Language Association.

ITALIAN
Luca Caminati, having reached "il
mezzo di cammin di sua vita," de-
fends his Ph.D. dissertation in Italian
at the University of Wisconsin-Madi-
son in the month of December
2001. In the past year he published


Dean Neil Sullivan; Dr. Delia Mata-Ciampoli, Cultural Attach6 of the French
Consulate; and Professor Carol Murphy, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


"Esotismo, parole, immagini. Pasolini
in India" in the Italian journal Nuova
Prosa, "Oltre la Via Emilia e ritorno"
in a volume edited by Franco Nasi
(La Via Emilia. Boca Raton:
Bordighera, 2000), and "Interrogating
Reality: Pasolini's Experimental Eth-
nography in Appunti per un film
sull'lndia" in the most recent issue of
the Romance Languages Annual. He
presented at the Twelfth Annual
Purdue University Conference on
Romance Languages, Literatures &
Film in October 2000, at the Italian
Cultural Studies Conference October
2001, and as an invited speaker at
the Conference on the Via Emilia or-
ganized by the Istituto Italiano di
Cultura in Chicago in May 2000. He
also took part in the Carnevale Car-
nival Symposium organized by Pro-
fessor Mary Watt, delivering an in-
troduction to Fellini's classic /
vitelloni. In the past academic year
Luca Caminati has taught far too
many students the dolcee suono" of
the Italian language, and the intrica-
cies of cultural analysis of "weird"
Italian films to the happy bunch that
followed him in Rome this past June.
Mary Watt had a busy time last
year. In February she headed up the
organization of the Department's
Carnevale Carnival Symposium.
Later in the spring she headed up the
organization of the Undergraduate
Awards Ceremony. This fall she
helped to organize the MEMS Sym-
posium on Universality. Since Janu-
ary she has traveled to Chicago,
Kalamazoo, Vancouver, Canada and
Boca Raton to present conference
papers. She spent the summer con-
ducting research for her book, thanks
to a generous Humanities Scholar-
ship Enhancement award. She pre-
sented her findings during a recent
Entre Nous talk organized by Profes-
sor Cailler. In August, Dr. Watt pub-
lished "The Reception of Dante in the
Tim of Cosimo I" in a volume on the
cultural Politics of Cosimo I published
byAshgate Books. In September she
completed work on "Eleonora's Wed-
ding" which will be published this
spring. She is currently faculty advi-


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sor to the Viva Italia student organi-
zation. And in her spare time, she
has been running ... She will race in
the Jacksonville Marathon in Decem-
ber.

PORTUGUESE
Libby Ginway recently finished
book manu-
script to be
sent to
Bucknell Uni-
versity Press:
Brazilian Sci-
ence Fiction:
Cultural Myths
and Nation-
hood in the
Land of the
Future. She
also received RLL grant for summer
2001 for proposal based on the con-
cepts of ecofeminism, "The Brazilian
Amazon Region as Woman," and had
a accepted for SAMLA Conference,
Nov. 2001: "The Cyborg as Racial
Other: Continuity and Change in
Brazilian Science Fiction." She also
spoke on Brazilian carnaval as a
roundtable participant for the Car-
nival/Carnevale Symposium Feb.
28, 2001, met with external evalua-
tor Dr. John Lipski to discuss the pro-
gram in Rio de Janeiro and the Por-
tuguese program for the Title VI Latin
American Studies Center grant,
March 1, and accompanied Title VI
speaker Carmen Tesser, who spoke
on "Reading as a Productive Skill:
Literature in the Context of the Stan-
dards for Learning Foreign Lan-
guages in the 21st Century" April 2,
2001.
Charles A. Perrone enjoyed a ban-
ner year in research and publication.
He co-edited the volume Brazilian
Popular Music and Globalization
(Gainesville: University Press of
Florida), contributing three seg-
ments. Alongwith with co-editor
Christopher Dunn of Tulane Univer-
sity, co-editors' web sites). Perrone
also saw the publication of the Span-
ish edition of his book Masters he
gave a long interview in the leading
Brazilian daily O Estado de Sao


Paulo (still on line at the Contempo-
rary Brazilian Song: MPB 1965-
1985 (Austin: University of Texas
Press, 1989), with rights for Italy and
Portugal also having been sold. In
the last year, Perrone also published
articles in the inaugural issue of
Linha de pesquisa [Rio de Janeiro],
Studies in Latin American Popular
Culture, a volume of refereed pro-
ceedings in Brazil, and a Garland
Press collection on the recently de-
ceased celebrity Jorge Amado.
Perrone gave several invited lec-
tures last Spring: "Self and City in
Pauliceia Desvairada." a memorial
lecture at Brown University; "Chiclete
com Banana: Brazilian Popular Mu-
sic and Globalization," at the Center
for Portuguese Studies and Culture
of theUniversity of Massachusetts;
the second inaugural lecture of the
new Center for Latin American Stud-
ies at the University of Miami, and
"Insularity and Outreach: Contem-
porary Brazilian Lyric in Trans-
american Perspective," at Brazil
Week, University of Texas, Austin,
where he also was part of a panel
discussion on the films Orfeu negro
and Orfeu. Recent conference pa-
pers are "Critical Projections and
Receptions of Pauliceia Desvairada,"
MACHL, University of Kansas, and
"Bebop, Triphop, Kaos, Chaos: In-
ternationalization in the Origins,
Practices, and Deployments of
Tropicalism" at the International
Council for the Study of Traditional
Music in Rio de Janeiro. After this
event Perrone continued his summer
research on "transamerican poet-
ics" in Sao Paulo.

SPANISH
Last semester, Montserrat Alas-
Brun presented papers at the AATSP
and SAMLA Conferences, and was
elected chair of a session for the next
SAMLA Conference. She conducted
research in Spain in the summer,
thanks to a Humanities Scholarship
Enhancement Award, and submitted
two book chapters that have already
been accepted for publication. Next
summer she will direct the Program


Abroad in Seville, Spain. Last aca-
demic year, Prof. Alas-Brun pre-
sented a paper at the SAMLA Con-
ference, where she also chaired two
sessions. She also published an ar-
ticle and a book chapter. Prof. Alas-
Brun was also a member of three
national committees of Sigma Delta
Pi and the Hispanic Association for
the Humanities. Finally, she gave two
presentations at UF, one as part of
the Entre Nous series, and a second
at the Pyrenees Colloquium.
Shifra Armon, Associate Profes-
sor of Spanish, is spending 2001-
2002 on research leave in Spain.
She received a grant from the Pro-
gram for Cultural Cooperation be-
tween the Spanish Ministry of Edu-
cation, Culture and Sports and United
States Universities to investigate
courtly interactions in the writings of
BaltasarGracian. In December2001,
Rowman and Littlefield published Dr.
Armon's first book, Picking Wedlock:
Women and the Courtship Novel in
Spain. In December2001, Dr. Armon
delivered a paper at the Modern Lan-
guages Association Conference en-
titled "Money: The Phantom Lady of
Calder6n de la Barca's La dama
duende." In May 2002, Dr. Armon
will travel to Hungary to present the
results of her investigations on
Gracian at the Third Congress on
Hispanic Poetry in Europe and the
Americas. Last summer, Dr. Armon
contributed to RLL's new six-week
summer study program in Seville.
Her course was entitled "Women in
Early Modern Seville."
Andres Avellaneda, Professor of
Spanish American literature and
Graduate Coordinator-Spanish, had
two articles published in 2001-2002
"Clase media y lecturala construcci6n
de los sentidos," in Roberto Arlt. Los
siete locos. Los lanzallamas, edited
by Mario Goloboff (Paris: Associa-
tion Archives de la Litterature Latino-
Americaine, des Caraibes et
Africaine du XX siecle-ALLCA XX.
Colecci6n Archivos 44); and "Argen-
tina," in Censorship: An International
Encyclopedia, edited by Derek Jones
(Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Lon-


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don). Two other articles by Dr.
Avellaneda will be published in 2002
"Evita: cuerpo y cadaver de la
literature," in Evita: mito y represen-
taciones, edited by Marysa Navarro
(to be published by Vergara Editor:
Madrid-Buenos Aires); and "Bioy
mirando al sudeste," for the
Feschrifften. Internationalles
Kolloquium zu Ehren von Adolfo Bioy
Casares (to be published by Vervuert
at Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and
the University of Leipzig). Two doc-
toral students successfully defended
their dissertations directed by Dr.
Avellaneda Martha Cuba-Cronkleton
("Identidades mestizasuna apro-
ximaci6n a la obra de Edgardo Rivera
Martinez, Laura Riesco y Zein
Zorrilla"); and Chris Kulawik
("Travestismo linguistico: el enmas-
caramiento de la identidad sexual en
la narrative neobarroca de Severo
Sarduy, Diamela Eltit, Hilda Hilst y
Osvaldo Lamborghini"). Also, Karina
Miller successfully defended her M.A.
thesis directed by Dr. Avellaneda
("Juan Rodolfo Wilcockla identidad
del caos").
Efrain Barradas has been invited
to join the Vis-
iting Committee
of the Depart-
ment of Print,
Drawings and
Photographs,
Boston Mu-
seum of Fine
SArts, due to his
Expertise in the
Field of Latin
American Art.
This committee
advises the department on the
guidelines for making acquisitions,
and other pertinent matters. Prof.
Barradas has been an avid collector
of Latin American Graphics over the
years, and a steady donor of Latin
American and American art works to
the Museum Collection of Graphics,
one of the largest in the USA and the
world.
Alvaro FlIix Bolafios edited with
Gustavo Verdesio Colonialism Past
and Present: Reading and Writing


about Colo-
nial Latin
American
Texts Today
(Albany, New
York: State
University of
New York i
Press,
2002). He also published
"Hispanismo, literature colonial
latinoamericana y la area de los
criticss" Cuadernos de literature
(Pontificia Universidad Javeriana,
Bogota, Colombia). 6, 12 (2000-
2001): 12-41. Prof. BolaE os will also
contribute with a seminar, to be held
on April 5, 12 and 19, 2002, to the
following program: "Teachers as
Scholars at the University of Florida,"
a collaborative effort including: Cen-
ter for Precollegiate Education Train-
ing, College of Liberal Arts and Sci-
ences, Area Center for Education En-
hancement, and sponsored by the
Woodrow Wilson Foundation. The
title of his seminar is: "Spanish Con-
quest and Colonization in the Class-
room: (Un) told Stories about the En-
counter of America and Europe for
Academic Consumption."
Joaquim Camps presented the
paper "Aspectual distinctions in
Spanish: The early stages of oral pro-
duction" at the 4th Hispanic Linguis-
tics Symposium, in Bloomington, In-
diana, in November 2000. In March
2001 he gave an invited paper at the
University of South Carolina, entitled
"Processing form and meaning in the
input: Pronominal reference in Span-
ish as a foreign language." In Octo-
ber 2001 he presented the paper
"The analysis of oral self-correction
as a window into the development of
past time reference" at the 4th Con-
ference on the Acquisition of Span-
ish and Portuguese. His article "Pret-
erit and imperfect in Spanish: The
early stages of development" (2000)
appeared in Spanish Applied Lin-
guistics at the Turn of the Millennium,
edited by Ron Leow & Cristina Sanz.
His co-edited volume (with Caroline
Wiltshire) Romance Syntax, Seman-
tics and L2 Acquisition will soon be


published by John Benjamins.
Gillian Lord presented a paper
entitled "Second Language Stress
Production: Rules, Analogy or Lexi-
cal Storage?" at the 4th Conference
on the Acquisition of Spanish and
Portuguese, held last October at the
University of Illinois. In November,
Prof. Lord went to the ACTFL Meet-
ing in Washington D.C. There, she
gave two workshops, one on the use
of target-language video segments in
the language classroom and another
on incorporating different technolo-
gies into our language classrooms.
In April, she will present a paper at
the Linguistic Symposium on Ro-
mance Languages about the use of
analogy as a tool in acquiring sec-
ond language pronunciation. Prof.
Lord and Prof. Andrew Lynch re-
ceived an Online Content Develop-
ment grant through OIR and will use
that money to create a multi-media
project on Spanish Phonetics and
Language Variation. This project will
present variations of Spanish from a
phonological, morphological and syn-
tactic viewpoint, and discuss issues
of dialectal variation and discourse
factors as well. Additionally, Prof.
Lord has received a College Schol-
arship Enhancement grant to con-
tinue her research into second lan-
guage speech patterns this summer.
Greg Moreland developed and
taught a new course, "Intermediate
Spanish for Business" (SPN 2440),
in SummerA, 2001. He participated
in "Language and Culture for Inter-
national Business: A Workshop for
Foreign Language Educators," at the
University of Memphis, February
2001. In July2001 he attended atwo-
week Spanish Language Faculty De-
velopment Program (in Business
Spanish), sponsored by the Florida
International University CIBER, at the
Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain.
Geraldine Nichols returned to
chairing in May, grateful to Reynaldo
Jimenez for his fine job as Acting
Chair. While on leave, she devel-
oped her research on the represen-
tation of reproductive issues in twen-
tieth-century Spanish literature. She


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delivered four papers on the topic,
including one at the MLA Convention,
one for a conference at Harvard, and
one a keynote address. As a mem-
ber of the Executive Committee of
the Association of Departments of
Foreign Languages (ADFL), she par-
ticipated in the summer seminar for
language chairs at fabled Middlebury
College, serving as Co-Director of
the New Chair Workshop, and deliv-
ering a plenary lecture: "Apples, Or-
anges and Rewards in the Multilin-
gual Department." She was recently
elected President of the ADFL for
2002-03. Prof. Nichols published two
articles last year. "Spanish and the
Multilingual Department: Ways to
Use the Rising Tide" appeared in the
ADFL Bulletin and was then selected
for reprinting in the MLA's Profession
2000. "Una vuelta a los origenes,"
published simultaneously in Spanish
and in Catalan by Destino, was part
of a collection of essays on writer
Carme Riera (Visiting Professor in
RLL in Spring 97).
Sherrie Nunn spent last academic
year (2000-2001) on sabbatical in
Italy where she studied Italian lan-
guage, culture, and history. In May
and June, she taught Beginning Ital-
ian I in the University of Florida's
Summer Study in Rome program.
Currently, Sherrie teaches and
serves as supervisor for Beginning
Spanish II classes. She is also the
faculty advisor for Sigma Delta Pi.
David Pharies has maintained a
very busy re-
search
schedule over
the past two
years. Dur-
ing the aca-
demic year
2000-2001,
Dr. Pharies
had the op-
portunity to
write the greater part of the entries
for his Diccionario etimol6gico de los
sufijos espafioles (y de otros
elements finales) thanks to a re-
search fellowship from the National
Endowment for the Humanities.


Work continued on the project in the
ensuing months and the manuscript
is now complete and in press at the
Editorial Gredos of Madrid. At the
same time Dr. Pharies was working
with a team of lexicographers at the
University of Florida (Irene Moyna,
Gary Baker, Erica Fischer-Dorantes)
to prepare a new edition of the Uni-
versity of Chicago Spanish Dictio-
nary. The team is currently engaged
(together with Sonia Wohlmuth) in
copy editing toward a firm publica-
tion date of July 15, 2002. The total
UF budget for the work was over
$171,000.
Mercedes Rivas, (Ph.D. from the
University of Seville) was a visiting
professor in Romance Languages
and Literatures during the fall semes-
ter. Previously, Prof. Rivas was a
postdoctoral fellow at Ohio State Uni-
versity and the Consejo Superior de
Investigaciones Cientificas in Seville,
and also taught at the University of
Salamanca. She is the author of an
important book related to 19th cen-
tury Cuban anti-slavery narrative,
and has also written several articles
on various Latin American subjects
(the "Spanish chronicles" of Jose
Marti, Adolfo Bioy Casares's Plan de
evasion and Dormir al sol, Gabriel
Garcia Marquez's El amor en los
tiempos delcolera). In addition, she
has prepared a volume about a 17th
century Cuban epic poem, Espejo de
paciencia. While in Gainesville Prof.
Rivas taught a course on 20th cen-
tury Spanish American fiction. Her re-
search focused on 19th century Cu-
ban literature, especially on the fa-
mous author Gertrudis G6mez de
Avellaneda.
Olympia B. Gonzalez (Ph.D.,
Spanish and Comparative Literature,
Cornell University), Associate Pro-
fessor of Spanish at Loyola Univer-
sity in Chicago, is at UF as Visiting
Professor of Spanish for the Spring
Semester of 2002. She also holds a
BA in Psychology from the Univer-
sity of Miami and another one in Pen-
insular Spanish Literature from
Florida International University. Her
interests at the present time encom-


pass the Golden
Age (she was the
secretary of the
Society for Re-
naissance and
Baroque His-
panic Poetry for
seven years),
Contemporary
Cuban Poetry,
and contempo-
rary Spanish
film. Among her publications are a
volume of Cuban short stories for
students of Spanish, and numerous
articles on the contemporary Span-
ish novelist Muioz Molina, Larra's
theater criticism, and Golden Age
poets such as Pedro Soto de Rojas,
Gabriel Bocangel and Antonio
Hurtado de Mendoza. She also
authored a book on the Spanish ba-
roque poet Pedro Soto de Rojas, a
follower of G6ngora.
Continued from page 1
new books by Shifra Armon, Felix
Bolahos, William Calin, Joaquim
Camps, George Diller and Raymond
Gay-Crosier; receipt of the newly cre-
ated SPPP Awards (for excellence in
rank) by Andres Avellaneda, William
Calin, Raymond Gay-Crosier,
Geraldine Nichols, and David Pharies.
Before signing off, very special
thanks to Reynaldo Jimenez for his fine
leadership as Acting Chair last year;
to Mrs. Ayleen Conner, for establish-
ing a scholarship in French, in honor
of her late husband Wayne Conner,
Chair of RLL for many years; to Gayle
Zachmann, who raises scholarship
funds year after year to help students
study in France; to Bernadette Cailler
for her inspiration in directing the
department's research colloquim, En-
tre Nous; and to Kathy Dwyer-Navajas,
for organizing an exciting new discus-
sion series for RLL faculty and TAs on
teaching issues.
We always look forward to hearing
from you and catching up on your
news: please keep us in your loop!

Sincerely,
Geraldine C. Nichols


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