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 RLL faculty news
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Table of Contents
    Message from the Chair
        Page 1
    Study abroad programs
        Page 2
        Page 3
    News and announcements
        Page 4
        Page 5
    Undergraduate award winners
        Page 6
    RLL faculty news
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
    Student news
        Page 11
    From the coordinators' desks
        Page 12
    Memorial funds
        Page 13
    Alumni news
        Page 14
        Page 15
    Back Cover
        Page 16
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The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida I..ue No 8 Fall 2002
Editor: Ximena Moors; Executive Editor: Geraldine Nichols

Message from the Chair

Dear alumni and friends of RLL,
With Fall semester in full swing, I am pleased to have a moment
to greet you and bring you up to date on activities in Romance
Languages. Since our last newsletter, we've had award ceremo
nies for graduate and undergraduate students; graduated a large
group of majors in French, Spanish and Portuguese; fielded five
summer study abroad groups-to Provence, Rio, Rome,
Santander (Spain) and Seville; won a handsome grant from the
French government for a Centre Pluridisciplinaire-to be
directed by Prof. Carol Murphy, and called the France-Florida
Research Institute (see HYPERLINK http://www.napa.ufl.edu/
2002news/frenchcenter.htm) http://www.napa.ufl.edu/
Prof. Gayle Zachmann was awarded tenure, and three more
assistant professors are coming up for tenure as this letter goes
out. We've also sent a number of graduate students abroad, a
significant new opportunity in the department: one to Provence
as aide to the program director; one to teach in Santander; and
three for internships in Salamanca.
This is a transitional year for our department: it is my last
year as Chair, and three faculty members in French will retire in
May, to be sorely missed: Jean Casagrande, George Diller, and
Raymond Gay-Crosier. RLL has not been allotted any new
positions for next year, so it will take ingenuity to staff our
courses in French and in Spanish (where we have been unable to
fill three vacancies). President Young's new Strategic Plan for UF
pinpoints scholarly areas where resources will be concentrated to
achieve maximum effect; other areas will not be so favored.
Foreign language departments fall in the latter category, but in
RLL we have named a Strategic Planning Committee to attempt
to tailor our programs to the new goals.
I have enjoyed my eight years as Chair of this diverse and
challenging department. We have blazed some new trails, grown
a great deal, and changed many things for the better. Our TA
training program is certainly one of the best in the country,
under the capable leadership of our applied linguists, Profs.
Theresa Antes, Joaquim Camps, and Gillian Lord. They receive
significant help from some of our many excellent lecturers:
Bernadette Cesar-Lee, Kathy Dwyer-Navajas, Tony Gil, Sherrie
Nunn. Our undergraduate enrollments have grown significantly,
but careful management has allowed us to do so with almost no
growth in faculty. Portuguese and Italian enrollments are up 46%
and 53%; French and Spanish have both shrunk at the first-year
level-meaning that incoming students place beyond first-year
courses, which is music to our ears-but have grown at the
higher levels. Spanish has exploded, doubling and tripling its
enrollments in second through fourth-year courses. French has
maintained its number of majors, while they have doubled in
Portuguese and tripled in Spanish. And we now have a minor in

Italian! Haitian Creole is growing, as well; by adding a TA, our
instructor Jean-Elie Gilles will be freed to teach upper-level
Haitian culture courses. And to our roster of languages we have
added Catalan, the Romance language spoken in northeastern
Other positive
changes for
include our
innovative Foreign
Languages Across m
the Curriculum
classes (FLAC, or
content based
language learn
ing), as well as
new courses in
Italian literature, o
French film, and
U.S. Hispanic
literature, as well
as four exciting ...
new study abroad -
(Provence, Seville,
Santander, and in
2003, Guanajuato).
Another innovation are the prizes and scholarships for under
graduates: dictionaries for academic excellence at the intermedi
ate level (6 yearly), Nancy Kaufman Scholarships for Study
Abroad in French (2 3 yearly), the Else Dueland Scholarship for
Study Abroad in French (one every other year); and until last
year, the UBS Scholarship for Study Abroad in a Spanish or
Portuguese-Speaking Country. It would be grand if one or two of
you were to feel inspired to found a scholarship in the depart
ment, bearing your name or that of a loved one who shared or
indulged your love of other languages and cultures.
The graduate programs have changed as well, beginning
with the numbers: Spanish has grown from 28 to 43 students,
while French is smaller (17 vs. 13). Our half time TAs teach 25%
less than before, for a much higher stipend. Over a third of the
TAs now teach beyond the first year level, a very rare occurrence
in 1994. The FLAC program gives our graduate students a chance
to teach differently, and we provide "shadowing courses" to
show them how to teach higher level courses through close
observation of a faculty mentor. We have exciting new courses in
applied linguistics and technology for teaching languages, in

Continued on page 10

Study Abroad Programs

France: Provence
Dr. Gayle Zachmann, Director of the UF in Provence Programs in
France, is pleased to report that this innovative interdisciplinary
program brought 50 students to France during the summer of
With two separate campuses, one in Avignon and the other
in Aix-en-Provence, the UF in Provence Program, offered an
array of multidisciplinary courses-between 16 and 20-to
students coming from 32 different majors and 7 college campuses
world wide. In addition to an outstanding academic program,
the program highlights immersion in a rich cultural environ
ment. UF in Provence coincides with the Avignon theater
festival, and an international festival at Aix. Students are lodged
with French host families and participate in a number of cultural
This year, students had the privilege of having Professor
Emeritus, Dr. Jean Alter of the University of Pennsylvania,
teaching a site-specific Classical Theatre course, and Professor
Scott Nygren of UF Film and Media Program of the English
Department, teaching a film studies course. Students benefited
from an array of cultural activities including excursions to Aries,
Marseille, St. Tropez, and Les Baux, among others. As in the
summer of 2001, UF in Provence was enormously successful.
This year we are most pleased to announce the expansion of
the Aix-en-Provence site. We will not only offer a new film/
cultural studies course by Dr. Julian Wolfreys of the English
Department, we will also welcome a new Political Science track,
including a course on Contemporary French Politics taught by
Dr. Richard Conley of the Department of Political Science, and
many enhancement activities.

Liz Feally, Christina Ebner, and Rebekah Nahas in San Sebastian, Spain.

Italy: Rome
Many enthusiastic students have also been able to take courses
offered through the University's Overseas Study Program
offered in Rome during the summer semester and taught by UF
staff. This past summer's theme was "ROMA 2002 AMOR", and
43 students from UF attended. Directed by Michael Paden and
supported ably by Drs. Mary Watt, Al Shoaf from English and
Robert Westin from Art History, students lived and studied in
Rome. Included were field trips to Florence, Pompeii and the
island of Ischia. Preparations are under way for next summer's
program, which is already fully subscribed.

Spain: Seville
RLL continues to
expand its line-up
of study abroad
offerings, in
collaboration with
Studies Abroad
(ISA). The UF in
Sevilla program
(Spain, 3000 and *
4000level classes) Seville, by the Guadalquivir River: Professor
Montserrat Alas-Brun and her students in the
enters its third year, course "Literary Myths of Seville: Carmen &
having been Don Juan," with Carmen, the street performer,
enthusiastically playing the accordion.
praised by its 50+
previous participants and UF faculty directors, Drs. Shifra
Armon and Montserrat Alas-Brun. Dr. David Pharies will lead
this year's group. Summer 2002 saw the debut of the UF in
Santander (Spain) program, in which 22 students took classes at
the 2000-level with UF instructors Kathy Dwyer-Navajas and
Christina Welch-Alvarez. This summer's Santander director,
Professor Susana Braylan, anticipates even higher enrollment.
Summer 2003 also witnesses the inauguration of the UF in
Guanajuato (Mexico) program, at which Drs. Greg Moreland and
Gillian Lord will teach SPN 3000-level courses.
Twenty-two UF students and a UF intern participated in the
Summer Study Abroad Program in Seville, Spain for seven
weeks in May and June of 2002. The students took two upper
level courses in Oral Communication, Spanish Culture and/or
Spanish Literature. Montserrat Alas-Brun, the academic director,
taught a course on the literary myths of Seville, Carmen and Don
Juan. The students lived with Spanish families selected by ISA
(International Study Abroad) and attended classes in a building
located in downtown, close to the medieval quarter.
The students spent the first few days in Madrid and its
surroundings and visited historical towns such as El Escorial and
Toledo. Once in Southern Spain, they traveled to Cadiz, Jerez,
C6rdoba, Granada, and several sites in Malaga. They toured
Seville extensively and attended a play in the beautiful gardens
of the Alcazares (a Moorish royal palace), among other cultural
activities. Students taking the literature course visited many
places related to the course materials. For example, they had a
walking tour with "Carmen," a street performer who sang parts
of Bizet's opera and enacted Merim6e's story at the main sites
related to Carmen and Don Juan. The students had a very
positive experience and enjoyed their stay in Spain.

Fall 2002, page 2 RLLnews

Fall 2002, page 2


Spain: Santander
Language study is
the sophisticated self
the accurate assessment of signs
the precise word
set aside
we watch
we listen
we struggle
to become visible
a new self emerges
speaking words
that reinvent us

In the summer of 2002, twenty two
University of Florida students spent
seven weeks in Santander, Spain. The
journey outward was also journey
inward, the encounter with difference
also a reckoning of resources, a pushing
of limits, a metamorphosis. Nine intrepid
students and their teacher mapped their
passage in this poem.

Santander, Espaia 2002
el tiempo en Espana sera inolvidable.
primer dia abrumador,
el guia muy culto,
no entendi toda su lecci6n,
fue construida en el siglo trece,
una experiencia hist6rica, spiritual,
encendi una vela para mi abuela.
mi coraz6n estaba latiendo rapidamente,
los bailadores en vestidos de puntos
se arremolinaban
yo bebia un vaso de sangria
como si estuviera en el cielo.

muy nerviosa, emocionada
antes de conocer a mi familiar.
queria una sefora que no me reganara
si no me gustaba la comida.
habl6 muy rapido
tuve miedo tengo miedo
de la comida, la pruebo
siempre comemos toda la comida,
mi sefora quiere que yo est6
content mi familiar
me incluye
tengo la mejor familiar.

hay muchas cosas que quiero decir,
y no puedo.
tengo que aprender much mas.
un dia conquistare mis miedos.
bailare todos los dias.

miramos las noticias,
tratamos de hablar
es un process largo
a veces doy un paseo.
es demasiado dificil,
el pescado, los
la nata, el vino fuerte.

las aves cantaban
el sol brillaba
las nifas se reian. Becca Bumga
me dije "tu puedes Eering, Liz B
encontrar la casa
sentia muy sola.
habia muchas personas.
"aC6mo he llegado aqui?"
no estaba content,
empezaba a odiar este pais.
encontr6 una calle
que estaba en el mapa.
am6 esa calle.
luch6 con la ciudad
y gane.

despues de tomar el sol,
dimos un paseo por la ciudad.
por la primera vez
no queria volver a los EEUU.
sentia en casa aqui,
estaba enamorada de San Sebastian
pero por fin estaba enamorada
de Espana.

Mi tiempo en Santander
ha sido sumamente iluminante.
no quiero ser una persona
que s61o piense en el 6xito.
no hay porque seguir ciego la manada.

las cosas que me gustan mas
la comida, la gente, la vida nocturna.
mi familiar espanola es un placer
es fantastico tener una persona
que me hace tres comidas
todos los dias
la comida es buenisima.
todos los dias toman una siesta
parece que nunca tienen prisa
pens6 que festejabamos
much en Gainesville
no es nada comparado
con Espana.

si volviera a Espana estaria mas

rner, Liz Cavell, Dan Berger, Rebekah Nahas, Teena
lane, Risa Jones in Comillas, Spain.

llevaria un paraguas
aprovecharia la oportunidad de aprender
sacaria muchas fotos.
primero, un paraguas.
segundo, un libro sobre otros lugares
traiga un paraguas
un diccionario grande
llovi6 por una semana y media.
llevaria un paraguas
mas chaquetas y sueteres
a veces hace frio
traiga mas de una chaqueta
la ciudad es como Alaska
ropa para temperatures frias
quita de la maleta
algunos trajes de bano
lleva un segundo paraguas

quiero que aprendas de mis luchas
y que vivas para contar las tuyas.
jugu6 al 'Spanish survivor' y gane.

he aprendido tanto
sobre mi mismo
descubierto mi pasi6n

No lo lamentaras.

Pamela Berger
Rebecca Bumgardner
Elizabeth Cavell
Kateena Enneking
Casey Jackson
Ross Jones
Mia Simon-Johnson
David Vidal
Anna Walker

colaboradora: K. Dwyer Navajas

RLLnews Fall 2002, page 3


Fall 2002, page 3

News and Announcements

France-Florida Research Institute at UF
The French government has chosen the University of Florida as
the state's site of a centre pluridisciplinaire, or
pluridisciplinary center. The designation will help create the
France-Florida Research Institute at UF, which will serve as an
umbrella organization to centralize and promote the numerous
existing partnerships between UF and French and Francophone
research centers. The new institute will receive funding from the
French government for at least three years, and UF will provide
additional support. "This designation recognizes the internal
tional academic excellence at UF." Carol Murphy, Professor of
French, will serve as the institute's director.
UF's designation as a centre pluridisciplinaire will enable it
to apply for a $1 million grant from the French government
within the next several years. Currently, "centres
pluridisciplinaires" of French studies are located at 18 American
universities, including Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Stanford and
Yale. In addition to UF, the University of Texas at Austin also
received the honor this year. The French Embassy invited
universities in Florida to apply for the designation. "UF is
remarkable for its clear strategy of international development,
supported by enthusiastic leaders, important funding and long
lasting links with French universities in all fields of knowl

Foreign Languages Across
The Curriculum (FLAC)
The FLAC program enters its seventh year, offering an increase
ingly wide array of foreign language enhancement sections. Fall
2002 featured the following courses:
SPN 3224 Business and Economics of Latin America
Christina Welch-Alvarez
SPN 3224 Spain and the European Union
Maria Guerrero
SPN 3224 Latino Culture
Dr. Efrain Barradas and Erica Oshier;
POR 3224 Brazilian Music
Dr. Elizabeth Ginway
ITA 3224 Filming Italy: History and Identity
Dr. Luca Caminati;
GER 3332 Screening Germany: Reinventing Identity
Dr. Nora Alter and Margit Grieb

Five FLAC sections are being offered during Spring 2003:
SPN 3224 Latin American Music
Dr. Greg Moreland
SPN 3224 Spain and the European Union
Maria Guerrero
SPN 3224 Latin American Business Environment
Alegria Ribadeneira
FRE 3224 Society and the Sexes in Modern Europe
Dana Martin
FRE 3224 Foreign Policy in the European Union
Dr. Bernadette Cesar-Lee

iviile. vicLtule Dmuegai JUlkUsa, UltUIal I tLLacUlee at l rieiici oiisulaLe
Miami, and Dr. Carol Murphy.

edge," said Chantal Manes-Bonnisseau, the cultural attache at
the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., who served on the
committee that evaluated UF's proposal and visited its campus.
France is the top country of collaboration with UF, and 18
official partnerships with French institutions and research
centers already exist. In October, Dr. Murphy will travel to the
cultural services of the French Embassy in New York City to
meet with the directors of other centres pluridisciplinaires to
discuss plans for UF's institute, which Murphy expects to be
officially established by January.

Many Thanks to RLL Donors
Thanks to the following for contribu-
tions to the RLL Fund from March to
October 2002.
Dr. F. Daniel Althoff, Jr.
Dr. Berneadette V. Cesar-Lee
Dr. Luca Di Noto
Mrs. Kathleen K. Diamond
Dr. Marguerite A. Mahler
Mrs. Mary Morrisard-Larkin
Mr. Jorge H. Ramos
Dr. Phyllis Zatlin
Dr. Lynn T. Scott

Fall 2002, page 4 RLLnews

Fall 2002, page 4


Entre nous
In Spring 2002, the ENTRE
NOUS series which Bernadette
Cailler has nurtured since Fall
1997 featured Theresa Antes,
Franck Di Trolio, Elizabeth
Ginway, and Evelyne Ngantchui.
The speakers for Fall 2002 are
David Pharies, Rachel Hart,
Charles Perrone and Diana

RLL Staff
Back Row, Left to Right: Obed Santana, Office Assistant;
Terry Lopez, Graduate Secretary. Front Row, Left to
Right: Ann Elton, Program Assistant Sue Ollmann,
Office Manager; Tania Fleming, Senior Secretary.

Why does everybody and her sister want to learn Italian lately? It
might be the Sopranos on television-Tony's bad pleated pants
and Carmela's non fat-free cooking? Or is it the flow of recent
Italian films-from "La vita 6 bella" to "La stanza del figlio" that
have charmed American audiences? Or maybe somebody remem
bered Italy's long tradition of excellence in art, music and litera
ture, that since the Middle Ages has made its dolcee suono" rings
throughout the world? Whatever it may be, the Italian Section of
the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures has
recently expanded its program offerings to include a Minor in
Italian Studies. The program was designed by the Italian section's
full time teaching staff which consists of Mary Watt, Michael
Paden and Luca Caminati. It was approved formally in December
2001 and has been received enthusiastically by the many UF
students who had previously been taking Italian courses to
augment other fields of study, to fulfill a language requirement or
out of personal interest. In addition to language courses, students
enrolled in the Minor may choose from courses in cinema, culture
and literature ranging from medieval to contemporary. As of May
2002, three students had already earned sufficient credit to
graduate with a Minor in Italian studies and one has already been
accepted into the MA program in Italian Studies at Florida State
University. And finally, this year we welcome Dr. George
Carpetto and Sherrie Nunn as new instructors in Italian and look
forward to their input.

Undergraduate Student Awards Ceremony
Professor Luca Caminati, Mary Watt, and Michael Paden, and
the first graduates with a Minor in Italian Studies: David Zori,
Robert Saccenti, and Brandy Maddox. Left to Right: Luca
Caminati, David Zori, Robert Saccenti, Mary Watt, Michael
Paden, Brandy Maddox.

2001 Dissertation Fellowship Winners
Gerson Dissertation Fellow
Keith Lindley, French

Threadgill Dissertation Fellow
Krzysztof Kulawik, Spanish

RLLnews Fall 2002, page 5


Fall 2002, page 5

Undergraduate Award Winners
Dictionaries for Academic Excellence in French, Spanish,
Portuguese and Italian at the Intermediate Level
French: Joanna Fried Ashley Tarbet
Spanish: Christopher Harle, Virginia Tibbits
Portuguese: Spencer Schmitt
Italian: Matthew Bernstein

Nancy Ellen Kaufman Scholarships for Study
Abroad in French
Charli Goodman, Sarah Jazmine Fugate

Else Duelund Scholarship for Study Abroad
Adrianna Marie Beaman

CLAS Study Abroad Fellowships through the UF Interna-
tional Center to RLL Majors and Minors (*RLL Scholarships)
For Study in Rome: Odelis Martinez, Evgenia Klimenko, Stacey
Allegro, Arianne Orillac, Ann LaBianco, Tini Nguyen, Leslie
Trauger, Brian Lorenzetti, Margeaux Johnson (Deiss Classics
Award), Michael Burns (Rambo)
For Study in Provence: Stephen Allen, Sara Jazmine Fugate,
Amanda Greber, Nely Jimenez, Leah Kamleiter, Kerry Mandell,
Carin Marlin, Rhonda Nobles, Bharanidharan Rajakumar,
Ashley Tarbet
For Study in Seville: Rina Deshpande*, Liza Galindo*, Christo
pher Hopkins*, Amanda Mulligan, Elizabeth Saltzstein, Jeremy
Skotko, Lindsay Stidham, Amanda Warmington, Tracy
Wharton, Lucille Ynosencio
For Study in Santander: Colleen Cole*, Timothy Jones*, Laura
For Study in Rio: Miguel Bunker Huertas, Nila Do, Paulette
Etzel, Lindsey Evans, Shannon Hill, Heather Hutchinson,
Melania Silaygi, Alexa Zuniga

Anderson Scholars
French Majors and Minors:
With Highest Distinction-Jena L. Reger
With Distinction-Mayoanna M. Basse, Adrianna M. Beaman,
Stuart Larosa
With Highest Distinction-Stacey Allegro, Jamie L. McCombs
With High Distinction-Clifford J. Denney Jr., Mary Di Salvo,
Lillia Garcia Roberto, Sarah Pennell, Rachael L. Richter
With Distinction-Matthew Bernstein, Kristin Calhoon,
Thomas J. Love
Spanish Majors and Minors:
With Highest Distinction-Erin Gallagher, Philip Hagen,
Sofia M. Souto, Lucille D. Ynocencio
With High Distinction-Bradley Hoot, Sarah E. Nowadly
With Distinction-Kristin L. Cooper, Emily Crouse,
Byron B. Howell, Jennifer Yontz

University Scholars Program
Spanish: Adam Cohen, Vanessa Bonhomme

New Members of Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society:
Initiated Spring 2001: Soniya Keskar Vanessa Bueno, Dea
Papajorgji, Stephanie Cancho, Reena Staunko
Initiated Spring 2002: Adam Cohen, Liza Galindo, Violeta
Lorenzo, Elisabeth Espinosa, Leslie Adams, Alicia Gier

Dipl6me de Franvais des Affaires, ler degr6
Robert A. Day, Mention Bien, Suzanne Michelle Padilla,
Mention Tres Bien

Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
French: Rebecca Porter
Spanish: Nicole Benevento, Melissa Brooks, Lauren Ernst,
Matthew Hill

New Members of Phi Lambda Beta National Portuguese
Honor Society
Melissa Bartron, Andrea Gilvez

Certificats du Baccalaur6at Sup6rieur
Tina P. Faris, Mention Bien
Miranda Loper, Mention Tres bien

Recognition of Graduating Seniors
Spanish: Maria Azar, Nicole Benevento, Melissa Brooks, Emily
Crouse, Chantal Dulieu, Lauren Ernst, Elisabeth Espinosa,
Jessica Ferguson, Michael Ford, Marla Harris, Matthew Hill,
Natalie Maxwell, Renee Morgan, Quyen Nguyen, Maria
Pedretti, Charisse Record, Laura Sheehan, Kristina Teel, Steve
Tran, Benjamin Tyner, Lisa Villacampa, Gwendolyn Wade
French: Tina P. Faris, Jason R. Kramer, Miranda Loper, Alfredo
S. Romero, Rachel R. Wyman.
Italian: Brandy Maddox, David Zori, Robert Saccenti
Portuguese: Serena Paskewicz

Michael Hauptman Medal Winners for Academic Excellence
by Graduating Majors in Romance Languages
French: Tina P. Faris
Spanish: Renee M. Morgan

* U
Fall 2002, page 6 RLLnews

Fall 2002, page 6


RLL Faculty News

Montserrat Alis-Brun
will present a paper at
the SAMLA Confer
ence in Baltimore in
November, where she
is also chairing the
Feministas Unidas
session (a new double
continuing session)
and is on the organize
ing committee for another double session.
Her paper for the December 2002 MLA
Convention in New York is based on the
research she conducted in Spain last
summer, thanks to a CLAS Scholarship for
Directors of Study Abroad programs. She
also directed the UF Program Abroad in
Seville, Spain, where she taught a 4000
level course. Last spring she was a panel
member for the national publication award
of the Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta
Pi. An essay that she contributed to a book
on Equatorial Guinea will be published by
a Spanish university press in 2003. Another
essay for a book, also on Equatorial
Guinea, is being considered for publication
by a U.S. university press.

Theresa A. Antes has
had a productive year,
receiving a contract in
December 2001 for a
first-year French
textbook with
Houghton-Mifflin Co.
This text will be co
authored with
Veronique Anover, of
California State University, San Marcos,
and uses a combination of inductive and
deductive language presentation, along
with a focus on language as culture. In
addition, she had an article accepted for a
special volume of the MLA that will deal
with the pedagogy of literature. She
continues her research on students'
acquisition of nominal morphology, and
the ramifications of this acquisition on
number and gender markers of nouns and

Shifra Armon has just
returned from her
sabbatical year in
Spain. Her research
was partially funded
by a grant from the
Program for Cultural
Cooperation between
Spain's Ministry of


Education, Culture and Sports and United
States Universities. Dr. Armon delivered a
paper summarizing the results of her
sabbatical research at the third annual
Hispanic Poetry conference held in Pecs,
Hungary, in May 2002. The paper was
entitled, "Wit's End: Communities of Wit
and Taste in Early Modern Spain." In
December, she will deliver a paper entitled
"Courtly Culture: Manners Taste and Style
in Early Modern Texts" at the Modern
Language Association's annual meeting in
New York, NY. She will be tracing the
history of courtesy in Spain from Boscan
and Castiglione to Gracian. Shifra also
attended the Mid-America Conference on
Hispanic Literatures in St. Louis, Missouri
in September 2002. On campus, she has
agreed to serve as the faculty advisor for
the recently founded Spanish graduate
student organization.

AndrCs Avellaneda,
had two articles
published recently:
"Evita: cuerpo y
cadaver de la
literature," in Evita:
mito y representaciones,
edited by Marysa
Navarro (Buenos
Aires/M6xico: Fondo
de Cultura Economica, 2002), pp. 101-141;
and "Bioy mirando al sudeste" in Homenaje
a Adolfo Bioy Casares, Una retrospective de su
obra, edited by Alfonso de Toro and
Susanna Regazzoni (Frankfurt am Main:
Vervuert/Iberoamericana, 2002), pp. 269

Susan Read Baker organized and chaired a
session entitled "Croire et savoir" at the
annual meeting of the North American
Society for Seventeenth-Century French
Literature at the University of Virginia,
March 14-16, 2002.

In the past year, Rori Bloom presented a
paper entitled "The Causes C61ebres of the
Pour et centre: Judgment and Celebrity in
the Journalism ofl'abb6 Prevost" at the
Modern Language Association annual
convention in December 2002 and another
paper called "Between Private and Public:
the Prefaces of Prevost's Novels" at the
meeting of the Southeastern American
Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in
February 2002. With the support of a
CLAS Scholarship Enhancement grant,
Rori traveled during the summer to the

Bibliothbque Nationale de France in Paris,
where she continued work on her book

Sylvie Blum was invited to give a talk on
"Linda L&'s Ghost Stories," for the New
Women's Writing in French Conference at
the Institute of Romance Studies, Univer
sity of London, 26-28 September 2002. Her
book East-West Encounters. Franco-Asian
Cinema and Literature was accepted for
publication by Wallflower Press, in
London. She is currently teaching a
Women's Studies class with a focus on
travel writing by Francophone women as
well as an advanced French conversation

F6lix Bolafios has
been elected by the
members of the
Institute Internacional
de Literature
Iberoamericana to be
part of the Editorial
Board of its official
journal, Revista
Iberoamericana, for
the 2002-2004 term. He had two articles
published recently: "A Place to Live, a
Place to Think, and a Place to Die: Six
teenth-Century Frontier Cities, Plazas, and
'relaciones' in Spanish America." in
Mapping Colonial Spanish America: Places and
Commonplaces of Identity, Culture and
Experience, edited by Mariselle Mel6ndez
and Santa Arias. Lewisburg, London:
Bucknell University Press, Associate
University Presses, 2002. 275-293; and
"Gustavo Alvarez Gardeazabal y el ocaso
de la nocion de El Pais Vallecaucano."
Estudios de Literatura Colombiana
(Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia): 10
(2002): 80-105.

Bernadette Cailler presented a paper at the
35th Annual Texas Tech University
Comparative Literature Symposium (21-23
March, 2002)-directed by Hafid Gafaiti
and David Troyansky (Transnational
Cultures, Diasporas, and Immigrant
Identities in France and the Francophone
world) "Sartorius, le roman des Batoutos,
ou la brisure de l'O/eau". She was invited
to chair a session at "Azouz Begag from A
to Z [International Conference, March
1st-2nd, 2002, Winthrop-King Institute for
Contemporary and Francophone Studies,
Florida State U., Tallahassee (with Begag as
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RLL Faculty News, continued from previous page

distinguished guest) ]. In June, she
attended two Symposia in Parisl) Les
p6riph6riques vous parent, Mus6e des
Arts et Traditions Populaires; 2)
L'interculturel en questions, Universit6
Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis, both with
Edouard Glissant's participation. Her
article, "From 'Gabelles to 'Grands
Chaos.' A Study of the Disode to the
Homeless" is coming out this Fall in Ici
LaPlace and Displacement in Caribbean
Writing in French [Rodopi's Cross/
Cultures series, 99-121. (Selected papers of
the Dublin Conference organized by Mary
Gallagher in Sept.1999)]. In Spring 2002, the
ENTRE NOUS series which Cailler has
nurtured since Fall 1997 featured Theresa
Antes, Franck Di Trolio, Elizabeth Ginway,
and Evelyne Ngantchui. The speakers for
Fall 2002 are David Pharies, Rachel Hart,
Charles Perrone and Diana Serrano.

William Calin published a few articles:
"Per-Jakez Helias dramaturge: Structures
comiques et tragiques," in Pierre Jakez
Helias, Bigonden universe? (Presses
Universitaires de Rennes); "Y a-t-il un post
modernisme breton et occitan? Paol
Keineg, Joan Larzac et l'apris-1968," in Le
Rayonnement de la civilisation occitane a l'aube
d'un nouveau millionaire, ed. G. Kremnitz
(Vienna); "Is Jean de Meun antifeminist?"
in Etudes sur l'art d'ecrire au Moyen Age
(Geneva); "Problimes de technique
narrative au Moyen Age," in Comme mon
coeur desire: Guillaume de Machaut (Orleans);
"Obscene Anglo-Norman in a Central
French Mouth; or, How Renart the Fox
Tricks Isengrin the Wolf, and Why It Is
Important," Florilegium 18:1; "The Great
Books: A Canon for the Twenty-First
Century?" South Atlantic Review 67:1. He
gave papers at the MLA (New Orleans),
Twentieth-Century French Studies (Hart
ford), and the Kentucky Foreign Language
Conference; plus two invited public
lectures at Arizona State University. He
made presentations to CLAS Assembly on
Academic Freedom and to the UF/RLL
Colloquium on Fasting (org. Mary Watt).

Luca Caminati is
teaching for the first time
at UF an advanced class
in Italian Composition,
and a FLAC (Foreign
Language Across the
Curriculum) class.

Joaquim Camps

Fall 2002, page 8

presented the paper "Think-aloud proto
cols as a tool to understanding pronominal
reference" at the Conference on Form
Meaning Connections in Second Language
Acquisition, in Chicago, in February 2002.
In October he presented the paper "Modal
ity and the expression of tense and aspect
by beginning learners of Spanish" at the
5th Conference on the Acquisition of
Spanish and Portuguese, in Iowa City. His
co-edited volume (with Caroline Wiltshire)
Romance Phonology and Variation was
published by John Benjamins in August
2002, and his article "Aspectual distinctions
in Spanish as a foreign language: The early
stages of oral production" appeared in the
International Review of Applied Linguis
tics in Language Teaching in September.
Currently he has three other articles under

George Diller has spent the past year on
many diverse and enjoyable academic
tasks. He has continued to serve the
University on the Library Committee, to
serve the department as the French Section
coordinator and library representative. In
his teaching he has especially enjoyed
introducing students in FRW 3100 to texts
such as those of Adam de la Halle, Ronsard
and B6nigne Poissenot. He has had the
pleasure of completing an essay on the less
well known sixteenth-century rural
encyclopedist, Olivier de Serres, entitled
"L'Autarcie au Pradelles yeux du paon et
ceux du Maitre."

Raymond Gay-Crosier published four
reviews of books on critical theory in the
French Review. His most recent book on the
genesis, reception and methods of reading
of Albert Camus's perennial bestseller
appeared under the title Literary Master
pieces. The Stranger ( Detroit; Gale Research,
2002)." L'Homme revolt" : cinquante ans
apr s (Paris, Lettres Modernes, 2001) is vol.
19 of a series he directs and features studies
on Camus' most controversial philosophy
cal essay. In March 2002 he gave a guest
seminar and lecture at the University of
North Carolina (Greensboro); in September
he was a keynote speaker at the internal
tional symposium on The Rebel at the
University of Ulster (Northern Ireland) and
an invited participant at the conference on
Le Premier homme organized by the Institute
for European Studies at Cornell University.
His current primary focus is on a number
of contributions to the new 4-volume
Pleiade (Gallimard) edition of the complete

works of Albert Camus.

Libby Ginway's book "Brazilian Science
Fiction" is forthcoming from Bucknell
University Press. Her article "Brazilian
Alternate Histories" has been accepted by
the science fiction journal Extrapolation,
and she has two short articles in press, "A
visao do alienigena em dois contos de Eles
herdarao a terra (1960) de Dinah Silveira de
Queiroz" and "Exercicios de Silkncio' de
Finisia Fideli that will appear in the
Brazilian series A Biblioteca Essencial da
Ficcao Cientifica Brasileira. Her article
"Voices from the Science Fiction Periphery:
Brazilian Cyberpunk" is currently under
consideration by the British science fiction
journal Foundation. She also published
two book reviews this year: A Literatura da
Virada do S6culo: Fim das Utopias? Ed.
Laura P. Zuntini de Izarra, (Sao Paulo:
University of Sao Paulo 2001) which
appears in Utopian Studies 13.2 (2002):152
154, and Terra Verde by Roberto de Sousa
Causo (Sao Paulo: Cone Sul, 2000), and
Amazon by Ataide Tartari (San Jose, New
York, Lincoln, Shanghai: Writers Club
Press, 2001) which appears in Hispania 85:3
(2002):563-64. In August of 2002 she
organized and moderated a roundtalble of
three Brazilian science-fiction authors, "O
passado, o present e o future da ficcao
cientifica brasileira," and read a paper on
"Vampires, Werewolves and Strong
Women: Brazilian Alternate Histories" at
the annual meeting of the American
Association of teachers of Spanish and
Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro. In November
of 2002, she read "Ecological Dystopias and
Ecofeminism in Plinio Cabral and Ignacio
de Loyola Brandao" at the South Atlantic
Modern Language
Association conference
in Baltimore, MD.

Gillian Lord has
continued to be active
in the conference
scene. She presented
two papers related to
her continuing
research into the
acquisition of second language speech
patterns in Spanish, and also attended the
annual ACTFL conference, where she gave
two presentations on the incorporation of
technology in the language classroom. At a
conference in the fall she presented a study
on teaching second language presentation,
and in the spring will present another


technology workshop. She is very excited
about the graduate seminar she taught
during the fall semester (Technology in
Foreign Language Education), which was
offered collaboratively with the University
of South Carolina. The main purpose of the
course was to explore the connection
between Second Language Acquisition
theories and the implementation of current
Internet and multimedia technologies.
Students were given the benefit of partici
pating in a collaborative class and learning
from hands-on experience with the
technologies discussed. To learn more
about the class, check out the web page:

Andrew Lynch spent
the summer of 2002 in
Miami doing writing
and research related
to his book project on
Spanish English
language contact in South Florida. He
developed a chapter on "language about
language" in the mass media, and also
carried out a study of Spanish and English
language accommodation in service
encounters in Miami. During the fall
semester, Lynch gave two talks at national
conferences. At the 31st conference of
NWAV (New Ways of Analyzing Varia
tion) held at Stanford University in
October, 2002, he presented "On the notion
of nativenesss': Incomplete acquisition and
linguistic variation in a bilingual city." As
part of an invited panel at the 2nd National
Conference on Heritage Languages in
America, held in Washington DC in
October, 2002, he gave a talk on the
direction of research in heritage language
acquisition and its relationship to research
and theory in second language acquisition.
He continues his work with Gillian Lord
through a CITT grant, constructing an
instructional web site for Spanish phonet
ics/phonology and dialect variation.

Gregory E. Moreland continues in his
second year as Undergraduate Coordina
tor. As part of his preparation for the new
UF in Guanajuato program, he taught with
ISA in Guanajuato during summer 2002.
For the debut of this RLL program in
Mexico, he has developed a new course,
"Advertising and Marketing in the
Spanish-Speaking World," which will be


offered at the


Carol I mis spri
Murphy member'
completed section e
her three retiremel
year term as will cont
Associate French e,
Dean for Froissart
Academic Affairs in the College Crosier i
of Liberal Arts and Sciences on in the PI
July 1, 2002, and has returned Albert C;
to RLL as both Professor of will cont
French and Director of the Jean Casu
newly created France Florida Professou
Research Institute (see article). Linguisti
In April, 2002, she presented a former si
paper, "Rh6torique du texte et that new
de l'image: Jean Paulhan et Jean Casagra
Fautrier" at the International taught Fi
20th 21st Century Conference in students
Hartford, Connecticut. Her devoting
translation of Paulhan's essay and volu
on Fautrier, Fautrier enrage, common
appeared in the exhibition
catalogue of the first Fautrier
retrospective in the U.S., and
she attended the opening at the
Haggerty Art Museum in
Milwaukee in September. The
exhibit will also be held at the
Wallach Art Gallery of Colum Top 1
bia University and at Harvard's Dille
Fogg Museum. Her article, Cros
"Reassessing Marguerite and
Duras,"was published in
Twentieth-Century French Studies
(vol. 20, no. 1, Winter 2002), and another
article, "Unheard Memories in Julien
Gracq's Le Roi Cophetua,"will appear in
Romance Notes this fall. During a sabbatical
leave in 2003, she hopes to complete her
work on the encounter of author-editor
Jean Paulhan and artist Jean Fautrier in
Paris during the Occupation.

Geraldine Nichols has had an interesting
year as President of the Association of
Departments of Foreign Languages. In that
capacity, she participated in both of the
ADFL Summer Seminars, one in Long
Beach, one in College Park, Maryland. At
the latter she was co-director of the New
Chairs Workshop. In May, she delivered an
invited lecture at the Universita degli Studi
de Padova (Padua, Italy), "Escritura... ,y
reproduccion? autoras espafolas a fines del
siglo XX" and subsequently spent 10 days
in Italy (ably guided through the byways

ng, four popular
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nt, George Diller
inue to bring out
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. Raymond Gay
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inue this work.
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and ice-cream parlors of Florence by
colleague Michael Paden) and several more
in Granada, Spain. There she visited old
friends and an ex-student, as well as
getting reacquainted with the Alhambra (as
breathtaking as ever). She has three articles
and two reviews in press, including one on
the merit pay system in RLL, "Apples,
Oranges, and Rewards in the Multilingual

During the week of Thanksgiving, students
in Michael Paden's class on "Dante,
Boccaccio and Machiavelli" will be going
on a field trip to Florence in order to
contextualize the readings. In all, 25
students are traveling, 18 of whom are or
have taken the class. They will spend the
time going to museums, churches and sites
which have relevance to the readings. A
half day trip is planned for Pisa in order to
see the ruins of the tower of Count Ugolino
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RLL Faculty News
(Inferno XXXIII), interestingly, it forms the
stacks of the library at the Normale
University of Pisa. On Saturday, they will
move down to Rome and have a quick tour
of the city and leave
the following day for
home. What a
wonderful way to
spend Thanksgiving.

Charles A. Perrone, i
Professor of Portu
guese, has been active
and mobile. He
created a new course
in Modern Brazilian Literature in Transla
tion and performed with the Brazilian
music ensemble. A paperback edition of his
book, Brazilian Popular Music and Globaliza
tion, co-edited with Christopher Dunn, was
released by Routledge. He published a
multimedia article, "Resource and Reso
nance: A Story of Transamerican Poetics
and Brazilian Song in Global and Cultural
Perspective" and"Nationalism, Dissension,
and the Politics of Contemporary Popular
Music"in Luso-Brazilian Review. After his
publication of"Presentation and Represen
station of Self and City in Pauliceeia
Desvairada"in Chaasqui, he joined their
editorial board. A related study, "Perform
ing Saao Paulo: Vanguard Representations
of a Brazilian Cosmopolis" appeared in
Latin American Music Review. His preface to
Adriano Espinola, 0 lote clandestine came
out in Rio de Janeiro. His translation of
"Keeping," by Antonio Cicero, was used as

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part of "Cam6es' Feast," an installation and
artist's book by Regina Vater in the
acclaimed Brazilian Visual Poetry exhibi
tion, Mexic-Art Museum, Austin, Tx. His
piece "Concrete Poetry Poesia Concreta:
Brazil and Beyond," was used in the
catalogue as well. Perrone was invited to
give a gallery talk in March. In the Center
for Latin American Studies, he became
Coordinator for the MA concentration in
Brazilian Studies and was part of the team
for year three of the Rockefeller Fellowship
Program on Religion & Expressive Culture.
Once again he was program director for
the IBEU Summer Program in Brazil,
which hosted over forty students.

In 2002 two large projects that have kept
David Pharies busy for the last several
years have come to
fruition. One is the
fifth edition of the
University of Chicago
Spanish Dictionary,
which was produced
here at the Univer
sity of Florida by a
team of lexicogra
phers under his
direction. It is projected to sell millions of
copies. More scholarly in nature is his
Diccionario etimoldgico de los sufijos espanoles,
which has been published by the presti
gious Editorial Gredos of Madrid, Spain.

Mary Watt will be
delivering confer
ence papers at Brock
University in St.
Catharines, Ontario
and at the AATI
Conference in

Gayle Zachmann had an active year. She
invited and organized a guest lecture by
Professor Daniel Desormeaux, taught 6
classes ranging from Advanced French
Conversation to a Graduate Realism
course, co-Chaired the Graduate Awards
and Placement committee and was a UF
Senate Steering Committee member. As
Director of the UF in Provence programs,
Dr. Zachmann spent the summer of 2002
running the UF in Provence programs at
Aix-en-Provence and Avignon, where she
taught a 6-credit Intensive Intermediate
French course. This year she drafted a book
and sabbatical proposal on the early
twentieth century writer/photographer
Claude Cahun. She participated in UF's bid
to become a Centre Pluridisciplinaire and
she was tenured and promoted to Associ
ate Professor. Dr. Zachmann is currently
working on her Claude Cahun manuscript,
preparing for the UF in Provence summer
2003 programs and working to help
organize the inaugural lecture for the new
France-Florida Institute.

Message From the Chair,

literature and culture. RLL graduate students receive
professional orientation and advice from our Graduate
Awards and Placement Committee, and we have insti
tuted monetary prizes both for academic excellence and
for outstanding teaching. Spanish graduate students elect
representatives who attend faculty meetings, bringing
suggestions and queries to our attention. All students are
guaranteed partial financial support for travel to confer-
ences, and we have two corporate underwriters who
contribute annually to the graduate student travel fund:
McGraw Hill and Prentice Hall.
Finally, our Foundation account has grown very
nicely, thanks to your generosity, from $18,390 in June
1994 to $43,757 in June 2002. In addition to these funds
(which contain monies for the Dueland and Lorenzi
scholarships), we have other new accounts which will
soon generate income: one for French (the J. Wayne
Conner Memorial Fund) and the other for "research,
teaching and academic programs in the Department of

continued from page 1

Romance Languages with preference given to French
programs" (the Ernest G. Atkin Memorial Fund). We also
have two bequests, from friends so dear that we will be
happy if they do not materialize for many, many years:
one for Spanish, from Patricia W. O'Connor (UF Alumna
of Distinction; MA and PhD, UF) and one for an annual
visiting professorship to rotate among French, Spanish,
English, and history, from William Calin (Graduate
Research Professor in French).
I promised myself I would be brief, but it seemed
important to step back and to give you an overview of the
changes that we have been able to effect over the past
years, through good budgets and bad. I hope you are
impressed with the progress we have made toward being
an even better department than you remembered. Visit
our soon-to-be-transformed webpage, won't you?
HYPERLINK http://web.rll.ufl.edu http://
web.rll.ufl.edu/. Please send us your news, because it
makes our collective day!
Geraldine Nichols

FaIl 2002, page 10 RLLnews

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Achievements by French Undergraduate Students
By the end of the academic year 2001-2002, 10 students received their degrees, 3
in December 2001 (Christina Jorge, Peter Oddo, Danielle Pajak), 2 in the summer
2001 (Sofia Dangond, Jessica Lutz), and 4 in May 2002 (Tina Faris with highest
honors, Jason Kramer, Miranda Loper, Alfredo Romero, Rachel Wyman).
Once again, several French students were successful in special exams that are
offered at the end of each academic year to qualified candidates. 2 students
received a Certificat du Baccalaureat Superieur: Tina P. Faris (Mention Bien),
Miranda Loper (Mention Tres Bien). 11 students were awarded a Dipl6me de
Francais des Affaires 1le degree after passing the test of the Chambre de Commerce
de Paris administered by Juanita Casagrande: Adrianna Beaman (Mention Tres
Bien), Brooke Ann Bornick (Mention Bien), Charmika Bros (Mention Tres Bien),
Catalina Ana Chirita (Mention Tres Bien), Robert A. Day (Mention Bien),
Amanda Gail Hendricks (Mention Tres Bien), Rana Alena Melhem (Mention
Bien), Imee Omensetter (Mention Bien), Suzanne Michelle Padilla (Mention Tres
Bien), Karen Marie Pendleton (Mention Bien), Nell Elizabeth Talcott (Mention
An impressive number of French students were recognized for their special
achievements at the traditional Award Ceremony in April with parents and
acquaintances in attendance: Joanna Fried and Ashley Tarbet were given dictio
naries for academic excellence. Nancy Ellen Kaufman Scholarships for Study
Abroad were awarded to Charli Goodman and Sarah Jazmine Fugate, while
Stephen Allen, Jazmine Fugate, Amanda Greber, Nely Jimenez, Leah Kamleiter,
Kerry Mandell, Carin Marlin, Rhonda Nobles, Bharanidharan Rajakumar, and
Ashley Tarbet were recipients of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Fellow
ship through the UF International Center. Adrianna M. Beaman won the Else
Duelund Scholarship for Study in France. Mayoanna M. Basse, Adrianna M.
Beaman, Stuart Larosa (all with Distinction), and Jena L. Reger (with Highest
Distinction) were selected as Anderson Scholars. The winner of the Michael
Hauptmann Medal, which recognizes sustained academic excellence, was Tina P.
Faris. Finally, Rebecca Porter was recognized as an inductee to the Phi Beta
Kappa National Honor Society.

Achievements by Spanish Graduate Students
Spanish graduate students obtained many honors and awards during the last
AY: the University of Florida Graduate Student Teaching Award (Diana
Serrano); UF Outstanding International Student Award (Laura Ruiz, Alfredo
Sosa-Velasco, Karina Vazquez); the newly created RLL Award for Leadership in
Cooperative Teaching (Dania Abreu, Alfredo Sosa-Velasco, Aixa Said-Mohand,
Alegria Ribadaneira); the RLL Outstanding MA Student in Spanish (Alegria
Ribadeneira) and RLL Outstanding PhD Students in Spanish (Gary Baker, Laura
Ruiz). Other noteworthy achievements: a College of Liberal Arts McLaughlin
Dissertation Fellowship (Diana Serrano); a Center for Latin American Studies
Timker Field Research Grant (Laura Ruiz); and several RLL and/or McGraw Hill
Travel Grants (Gary Baker, Henri Blanc, Ericka Ghersi, Laura Ruiz, Alfredo Sosa
Velasco). MA student Alfredo Sosa-Velasco read two papers at the 55th Kentucky
Foreign Languages Conference (April 2002); PhD student Laura Ruiz was invited
to participate at the Summer 2002 "Writing in the Americas" Summer Institute
sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and Boston University (Boston, June
2002); and PhD student Ericka Ghersi conducted research on young Ecuatorian
women poets, sponsored by Sigma Delta Pi (Quito, Summer 2002). Ph.D. student
Gary Baker presented a paper at the Linguistic Symposium of Romance Lan
guages in Toronto (April 2002). New PhD student in Hispanic Linguistics,
Yolanda Chavez-Cappellini has obtained an MA in the Linguistics program with
her thesis "A Linguistic Analysis of the Toponymy of the Tambo Valley and
Surroundings in Moquegua". She was awarded High Honors by a committee
formed by Drs. Hardman, Nelson, and Miller, from the Linguistics Program.

Student News

Graduate Students' News
Graduate students in Spanish have been busy!
They have created a web page containing
information about themselves, their interests,
and their fields of study.
spanishgrad students.html).
They have also started a
discussion group for
students taking the MA
exams. This group meets
every week to discuss
literary works in the
reading lists (both -,
Literature and Linguistics
sections). They are writing Alfredo Sosa
a constitution to register Velasco and Ericka
the OEGE (Organizacion Ghersi
de estudiantes graduados
de espafol) as a student organization respon
sible for representing students, and for being a
liaison between them and RLL faculty, and
students and UF. Students organized a book
presentation for Ericka Ghersi, who published
her second book of poetry under the title
"Contra la ausencia." They are also planing to
organize the "First Annual Graduate Student
Conference on Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin
American Languages, Literatures and Cultures"
(February 2003) to give students an opportunity
to present their works.

French Club
Last spring the UF French Club had a busy
semester that included a French film festival and
a concert from the French male choir Les
Chanteurs de Comminges. This fall our events
will include our second annual French Career
Day, a seminar conducted by the CRC to show
students how they can utilize their French
language skills in the work force: a concert of
Francophone music including Creole Jazz and
performances from some of our members will
take place at the end of the semester. We are also
working with the Reitz Union Film Committee
on a French film festival to be held next spring.

Rachel Gora and
Alex De Paula Continued on page 12

RLLnews Fall 2002, page 11


Fall 2002, page I

From the Coordinators' Desks

News from the Undergraduate Coordinator
in French, Raymond Gay-Crosier
At a time when many French programs in the nation are showing
signs of receding numbers, it is good to report that at the
University of Florida we have not only been able to hold but
increase the number of French majors and minors. According to
College statistics, as of September, French went from 59 to 66
majors, a 10% growth that does include quite a few students
whose declaration of double or dual major did not yet make it
into the system. One interesting development is the large gain in
double (same college) and dual (different colleges) majors.
Students who carry heavy loads in two demanding subjects (e.g.
the combination of pre-med, science, engineering and French) are
an indication of the exceptional quality of many undergraduates
at the University of Florida. Apart from the ever more popular
Avignon summer program, another catalyst for French studies is
the revitalized French Club which has diversified its activities by
combining attractive social and cultural features under the
guidance of Dr. Bernadette Cesar-Lee.

From the Undergraduate Coordinator in
Spanish, GregMoreland
Enrollment in Spanish courses continues to grow. The number of
Majors in Spanish stands at 130+, while the number of official
Minors is 129. Information sheets circulated at the beginning of
the Fall 2002 semester indicate that an additional 340+ students
at the 2000-, 3000-, and 4000-levels are considering either the
major or minor. Unfortunately, without the hiring of additional
faculty, the Spanish Section will be hard-pressed to serve this
burgeoning student population.

Student News, continued from page 11

Graduate Student Department
Awards for 2001-02
Alegria Ribadeneira: Outstanding MA Student in Spanish
Gary Baker: Outstanding Ph.D. Student in Spanish
Laura Ruiz: Outstanding Ph.D. Student in Spanish
Daniele Buchler: Outstanding Ph.D. Student in French
Rachel Hart: Outstanding MA Student in French
Donna M. Brown: Graduate Scholarship in Salamanca
Erica Oshier: Outstanding Service as Spanish Graduate
Student Representative
Marco Gemignani: Bravissimo Award for Teachers of Italian
Barbara Petrosky: Outstanding Teaching In French
Alfredo Sosa-Velasco: Cooperative Leadership in Teaching
Aixa Said Mohand: Cooperative Leadership in Teaching
Diana Serrano: Cooperative Leadership in Teaching
Heather Howell: Cooperative Leadership in Teaching
Jaime O'Dell: Cooperative Leadership in Teaching

From the Graduate Coordinator in Spanish,
Andres Avellaneda
The 2002-2003 year opened in late August with the arrival of 12
new graduate students, whose composition reflects the diversity
that has characterized the Spanish program since 1995: they are
split regarding the degree sought (8 MAs and 4 PhDs), and the
field of concentration (10 in Spanish or Spanish American
literature; 2 in Spanish linguistics). Our new international
students hail from Argentina, Barbados, Colombia, Mexico, Peru
and Spain; the rest come from colleges or universities in Florida,
Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. With this new genera
tion, the Spanish graduate student population reaches an all-time
high of 41 students, with another two writing the dissertation in
absentia (21 MAs [15 in Literature and 6 in Linguistics], 22 PhDs
[14 in Literature and 8 in Linguistics]). The year has had an
impressive start: newly-elected graduate student representatives
Alfredo Sosa-Velasco and Christina Welch-Alvarez created an
ongoing seminar for discussion of the works on the M.A.
Comprehensive exams, and completed a web page where all of
graduate students in Spanish are represented for the first time.
Two more projects are pending: a workshop on scholarly writing,
and a series of literary readings in Spanish (the first event was
the presentation of Ph.D. student Ericka Ghersi's poetry book
Contra la ausencia). A strongly motivated and very bright group
of students, old and new, are changing the face of the Spanish
graduate program at UF, and bringing it greater visibility both
nationally and internationally.

De Feo, Miguel Angel. "Las lecciones del sospechoso: cultural y
naturaleza en La boina roja de Rogelio Sinan." Encuentro de
literature panamena. Ed. Humberto L6pez Cruz. Ciudad de
Panama: Universidad Cat6lica Santa Maria La Antigua,
2003. 13-38.
De Feo, Miguel Angel. "Los demonios del exilio." Boletin del
Circulo de Lectura de la Universidad Catdlica Santa Maria La
Antigua. 7.4 (Mayo 2002): 8.
Holladay, Kandace K. "La imagen filmica en El beso de la mujer
arana de Manuel Puig como inversion del process
ecfrastico." Alba de America 21.39-40 (Julio 2002)309-15.
Abstract The term ekphrasis (verbal expression) was coined
by the critic W.J.T. Mitchell to describe the phenomenon of
communicating a visual image through a verbal expression.
This paper demonstrates how the film adaptation of El beso
de la mujer arana by Manuel Puig represents an inversion of
this ekphrastic process.

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Memorial Funds

Alfonsina Lorenzi Memorial Scholarship Fund
The "Alfonsina Lorenzi Memorial
Scholarship Fund" is accepting
donations 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 televi
sion, influenced contemporary
Latin American literature. 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 i
this newsletter and mail it in with
your check. Please make your check
payable to "The University of Florida Foundation," and note "Alfonsina
Lorenzi Memorial Fund #6049" on the left hand bottom of your check.

J. Wayne Conner Memorial Fund
We are proud to announce the creation of a memorial fund in honor of
Professor 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 promise
ing start thanks to a generous 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
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 maintain it and gradually allow us to increase the
number of recipients who, eventually, may include undergraduate
students. 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 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.

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Alumni News
We continue to encourage former students to keep in touch with us and to inform us
of any item they deem noteworthy. Information can be mailed (Department of
Romance Languages & Literatures, 170 Dauer Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611), faxed
(352/392-5679) or e-mailed (gaycros@rll.ufl.edu) to the Undergraduate Coordinator,
Professor Raymond Gay-Crosier.

Dan Althoff (PhD Spanish, 1998) is
currently teaching all levels of Spanish
language, literature, culture, linguistics
(i.e. phonetics), and foreign language
pedagogy at Southeastern Oklahoma
State University in Durant. He was
tenured and promoted to associate
professor in the Department of English,
Humanities, and Languages where he
has begun his fifth year. He is the senior
Spanish faculty member of three, and he
has guided their BA degree in Spanish
Education to full accreditation by the
State of Oklahoma and NCATE (National
Council for Accreditation of Teacher
Education). He is an external reviewer of
foreign language education programs for
the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher
Preparation, and also serves on
mentoring committees for first year
public school Spanish teachers in a 12
county region of southeastern Oklahoma.
He can be reached by email at
dalthoff@sosu.edu or phone toll-free at
school 1-800-435-1327, ext. 2584.

Jeannine Arias (PhD French, 1998), a
new mother, is teaching at Miami

Maritza Bell-Corrales (PhD Spanish,
2001 ) is in her second year at Georgia
Southern University, located 50 miles
west of Savannah, in Statesboro, GA. She
presented a paper entitled "Maintenance
of Spanish Among Bilingual Students of
Hispanic Origin: A Quantitative and
Qualitative Approach" at the 6th
Congress de la linguistica espafola
celebrated at the University of Iowa.

Joanne Boccadifuoco (MA French, 1999)
and Pat Killian from Eastside High
School in Gainesville participated in the
Immersion Workshop/Professional
Development Day arranged by Professor
Theresa Antes and held on September 21.

Maria Cami-Vela (PhD Spanish, 1995)
was granted tenure and promoted to
Associate Professor at the University of

North Carolina in Wilmington, North

Greg Clemons (PhD Spanish, 1996). This
past year has been busy for Greg. His
father, of Ocala, unexpectedly passed
away in June, and his mother was moved
to a nursing home. Despite these changes
in his life, Greg is entering his seventh
year at Mars Hill College as Associate
Professor of Spanish and head of the
Spanish program. He chaired a session at
the Mid-America Conference on Hispanic
Literatures at Washington University in
St. Louis; the panel was about
postmodernism and Latin American
narrative. He also read a paper on
postmodern aspects in works by
Alejandra Pizarnik, Adelaida Garcia
Morales, and Yolanda Pantin. In October,
Greg and a
colleague from
Mars Hill
presented a
paper at the -. ~
annual meeting '
of the Foreign
Association of
North Carolina
on strategies
for grading
Greg will be
taking a group
of Mars Hill
students to
Chiapas in May of 2003.

Beth Droppelman (PhD French, 1999), a
new mother, began teaching this term at
Columbia College in Columbia, South

Val Flenga (PhD French, 1996), her
partner, and baby survived the attack on
the Twin Towers in New York, near their
apartment. That is surely enough good
news for one year.

Daniela Hurezanu (PhD French, 1999) is
teaching at Arizona State University. She
has two publications coming out this fall,
Maurice Blanchot et la Fin du Mythe, as well
as a French to Roumanian translation of
the book of poems Phrase by Philippe

Joe Johnson (PhD French, 1999), cur
rently teaching at Georgia Southwestern
State University, is completing an M.A. in
Spanish. His book Once There Were Two
True Friends" will go to press in January
with Summa Publications. He continues
to translate a variety of French graphic
novels for republication in the USA,
including volumes of the controversial
Stephane Heuet adaptation of Proust's A
la recherche du temps perdu.

Carol Keams and Keith Lindley received
their Ph.D. degrees in French this past

Clary Loisel (PhD Spanish, 1996) received
tenure and promotion to Associate
Professor last year at the University of
Montana. In 2001, he published "The
Diary of Jose Toledo," which is the
translation of "El diario de Jose Toledo,"
(1964), Mexico's first gay novel. His
recently published articles include "'Las

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cartas de Hernan Cortes': un analisis
socio historic" in Contextos y
disyunciones: los discursos de la cultural hoy
(2002, 371 377) and "La personalidad
po6tica de Cesar Vallejo" in Sieteculebras
(2002, 18-22). His most recent published
interview is: "Una platica con Olivier
Debroise" in "Alba de America: Revista
Literaria" (2002, 595-605). He is currently
teaching "Queering 20th Century
Spanish-American Literature and Film"
and "Introduction to Research Methods
and Literary Theory." He continues to be
quite happy in Montana and wishes
everyone from RLL the very best. New
address: 644. S. 2nd St. W., Missoula, MT

Nelson L6pez (PhD Spanish, 1998) is in
his third year at Fairfield University, and
had a busy 2002. He went to Cuba as part
of a professor exchange program, read a
paper at El Paso, TX (AHCT), graded AP
exams at San Antonio, served as a Judge
for Educational Testing Services' Elec
tronic version of the CLEP, and presented
a paper in Florence, Italy, alongside Jean
Canavagio, Maria Grazia Profeti, and Jose
Maria Diez Borque, to name a few. He
also advised a plethora of students,
taught three courses, served on numerous
committees, and is the advisor for an
association comparable to the University
of Florida's COLSA student association.
Reichenberger Editions (of Kassel,
Germany and Barcelona) accepted his
book manuscript Una edicidn para actors
de "El valiente negro en Flandes for public
tion in the series Estudios sobre el Siglo de
Oro. On a personal note, Nelson reports
that it is cold, not as cold as in Montana
or Minnesota, but difficult for a caribefo.
His greeting to all: Take care and live
long and prosper.

Alexander Penalta (BA Spanish, 1987)
has recently established the Law Offices
of Penalta & Stiger, P.A. in Boca Raton,

Florida, a bi
lingual law firm
Spanish. Mr.
Penalta has
been represent
ing Florida
Business in
Civil, Criminal
and Adminis
trative Litiga
tion since 1994
and is currently
an Associate
Professor of
Business Law at
University at
the Fort
Area Center, a
division of the
Daytona Beach

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Eric Schramm
reports that
academic life at Lenoir-Rhyne College has
been very interesting. Last spring, his
Latin American Civilization and Culture
course participated in a Native American
Initiative, in which classes from a variety
of disciplines included indigenous themes
and perspectives in their activities and
materials. Cherokee writer Robert J.
Conley spent over a month on campus,
and his contributions enlivened and shed
an important light on discussions of
indigenous autonomy and land rights.
Eric made two trips to Mexico in an effort
to organize a summer study/experiential
learning program for students. They will
study at the Centro de Idiomas de la
Universidad Autonoma Benito Juarez, in
Oaxaca, and will learn about the eco
nomic, environmental, and social impact
of coffee growing in that state while

working on an organic farm. Eric will not
be there with them this year since he and
Chrissy are expecting their second child
in early June. He has made a solemn (and
final) pledge to finish his dissertation and
graduate before that time, and looks
forward to seeing everyone at RLL very

Giovanna Summerfield (MA French,
2000; ABD) is now teaching at Auburn
University, where our former student
Pam Paine is also on the staff. Pam's book
on Christiane Rochefort is now out.
Giovanna, writing her dissertation with
Prof. Calin, will present a paper on "Julie
et Rousseauune martyre et son
hagiographe" for ISECS in Los Angeles
this coming August.

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