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Table of Contents
    Message from the Chair
        Page 1
    Departmental news and happenings
        Page 2
    Study abroad programs
        Page 3
    Faculty news and updates
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
    Graduate student news
        Page 7
    Section news
        Page 8
        Page 9
    Alumni news
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    Memorials and scholarship funds
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    Back Cover
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ISSUE NO. 9, FALL 2003



Message from the Chair

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i Dear Alumni and Friends of RLL:
If it is true that change is the spice of
life, we are living through one of
the spiciest years in recent
memory here at RLL. The main
reason: changes in leadership.
As those of you who live in
Florida will already know, the
University has hired a new
President, Dr. James Bernard
Machen, who will be assuming
Shis duties here on January 5,
2004, i.e., in a little over a
month! Dr. Machen's arrival
8 will undoubtedly bring other
changes as well, both in policies
and in personnel in the upper
io administration.
In RLL the sense of change is
compounded by our local
^ transition in leadership: after
nine years as chair, Dr.
Geraldine Nichols handed over
the reins of the Department to
me in August. I am still learning
the ropes, but luckily I am
supported by a marvelous set of
departmental officers, first-year
coordinators, and office staff. It
is humbling to realize what a
large enterprise RLL really is,
and how many dedicated and
competent people are required to
keep it running smoothly. I am
thankful for them all.
Even with all the uncertainty, we
have had some exciting things
happening in RLL. We are
ge delighted to announce that both
on Sylvie Blum and Elizabeth
ite Ginway were tenured and
, promoted to Associate Professor

Sold, novelist, ombudsman, and
writer for Le Monde, and the
French novelist Sylvie Germain,
who gave a reading from one of
her texts. In January, FFRI is
sponsoring two lectures on
African and Caribbean
francophone literature by
Jacques Bourjeacq.

last year. We also hired six (!)
new lecturers. Two of these are
old friends: Clara Sotelo, who
received her Ph.D. in Spanish at
RLL, and Gianfranco
Balestriere, who taught here
during the 90s. Among the new
people are Hdloise Sdailles,
Nathalie Ciesco, Annie Tregouet
(French), and Ben
Hebblethwaite (Haitian Creole).
F6lix Bolafios organized a
lecture series on Hispanism and
Hispanic Communities in the
U.S., which featured an
important slate of speakers:
Walter Mignolo (Duke), Mary
Louise Pratt (New York
University), and Sara Castro
Klardn (Johns Hopkins
University). Gayle Zachmann
made headlines in the early Fall
as founding director of the Paris
Research Center, a joint venture
among the College of Liberal
Arts and Sciences, the
International Center, and the
Provost's office. Once it is fully
operational, the Center will
serve as a base for UF research
faculty and study abroad
programs. The France-Florida
Research Institute (FFRI), under
the directorship of Carol
Murphy, continues to bring
important figures in French
culture to UF. In October, there
was a lecture series by H61Ene
Cixous, writer, playwright, and
professor of French Literature at
the University of Paris VIII. In
November, we hosted Robert

Students on the Sevilla, Spain study
abroad program explore the streets
of C6rdoba during May, 2003.

Our undergraduate and graduate
programs continue to grow in
terms of number of students. At
the upper-division level,
Spanish now has 154 majors
and 128 minors, French has 57
majors and 58 minors,
Portuguese has 4 majors and 11
minors, and Italian has 12
minors. Last year's student
winners of the Hauptmann
medal, for best in graduating
class, were James S. Andrews
(French), Miguel Bunker
Huertas (Portuguese), and
Floriana Verilo and Mariann

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* Study Abroad

* Spanish for

* Lecture Series

* Memorial Funds

Check the last paj
for more Informatl
on how to contribi
to these programs


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Villegas (Spanish). RLL also had
several inductees into Phi Beta Kappa:
Natalie Domond (French), Christopher
Hopkins, Phillip Hagen, Katie

Dr. David Pharies
Chair of Romance
Languages and Literatures

Kreichelt, Lauren Schmidt, and
Matthew Tolliver (Spanish). Finally,
our congratulations go out to Laura
Ruiz (Spanish), who won both a
dissertation fellowship and a
University-wide graduate teaching
award last year.
As you may have suspected, RLL has
not escaped the rash of budget-cutting
that has been imposed on UF during the
last two years. As a result, we are
struggling somewhat to maintain

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programs at their current levels, with no
possibility of expanding or improving
programs, or of undertaking new
initiatives. This is where you may come
in, in case you have been considering
lending a hand to your favorite
educational institution.
Since our fundamental mission is to
help our students learn foreign
languages, we would like to have more
resources to invest in two of our
undergraduate programs in particular:
Spanish for bilinguals, and study
abroad. Regarding Spanish for
bilinguals, a few years ago we realized
that we needed a special track, within
our Spanish program, for students who
learned Spanish as children at home or
abroad, but whose mastery of the
language is insufficient to allow them to
use it professionally. There are many
ways in which this worthy program
could be expanded or improved, were
resources available: by creating new,
more specialized courses for this
population (perhaps on business,
journalistic, or legal Spanish), by
sending our faculty to special seminars
on teaching Spanish to bilinguals, by
offering courses for bilinguals in our
existing summer study programs and
designating study-abroad scholarships
for these students, and by offering
prizes or scholarships to the best
students at each of the three levels as a
means of encouraging further study. As

"It is humbling to realize
what a large enterprise
RLL really is, and how
many dedicated and
competent people are
required to keep it
running smoothly. I am
thankful for them all."

for study abroad, we presently have
programs in Seville and Santander
(Spain), Rome (Italy), Avignon and
Aix-en-Provence (France), and
Guanajuato (Mexico). Ideally, we
would like to make one or more of
these into semester-long or even
yearlong programs, a step which
would necessitate hiring additional
staff to replace faculty sent abroad to
direct and teach in these programs.
We would also like to be able to
provide scholarships to enable more
students to take advantage of these
valuable opportunities. If you are
interested in helping our students in
any of these ways, we invite you to
contact us (352-392-2016 x 222) or
the UF Foundation (Cynthia Butler,
352-846-3447) for information on
possible avenues of assistance.


* The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, with the help of The Center for the Humanities and the Public
Sphere and The Office of Research and Graduate Programs, organized a series of conferences entitled: "Hispanism, Hispanic
Communities, and U.S. Academia: Changing the Hispanic Subject in the Era of Globalization." Speakers included Walter
Mignolo, Mary Louise Pratt and Sara Castro Klardn.
* With much input from RLL members, Mary Watt organized a colloquium entitled "Ritual Wandering as a Prelude to
Paradise," which included panel discussions involving both Michael Paden and Luca Caminati. She has also recently
established the Florida Renaissance Colloquium, a discussion group for Renaissance scholars in the state of Florida.
* ENTRE NOUS. In Spring 2003, the presenters for this departmental lecture series were Judy Shoaf, Joaquim Camps, Rori
Bloom and Gary Baker. In May 2003, Dr. Cailler prepared a "retrospective view" (over 50 presentations, Fall 1997- Spring
2003) to be kept in the departmental archives. Dr. Cailler dedicated this "retrospective view" to the memory of ALFONSINA
LORENZI: "Li cors s'an vet, li cuers sejome" (Chrdtien de Troyes). Dr. Cailler has now passed the Entre Nous torch to Andrew
Lynch and Gillian Lord with her congratulations and best wishes.

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RLL continues to collaborate with
International Studies Abroad (ISA) as
we offer Spanish-language programs at
the following three sites: Santander
(Spain), Guanajuato (Mexico), and
Seville (Spain). These programs feature
a variety of courses and combinations
not available on campus, facilitating
students' progress toward their degrees
and the participation of students from
other departments. There has been a

Students on the Guanajuato, Mexico Study Abroad Pr(
climbed to the top of a volcano in Paricutfi, Mexico.
veritable explosion in the numbers of
students interested in studying abroad,
and this trend shows no signs of slowing.
UF in Guanajuato (3000-level classes)
hopes to build on the success enjoyed
during its summer 2003 debut. Thanks to

the efforts of Dr. Greg Moreland and Dr.
Gillian Lord, the program achieved full
enrollment (30 students) for its initial
offering. All involved report wonderful
memories and are busy telling their
friends to sign up for next year's trip,
when Dr. Efrain Barradas will
accompany Dr. Moreland.
During Summer A of 2003, Susana
Braylan and Laura Ruiz took twenty-one
students to UF in Santander and report
a safe yet exciting trip full of positive
experiences. The
students enjoyed
the climate and
scenery in this
beautiful northern
city and visited
museums and
other historical
and cultural points
of interest. Susana
Braylan will be
returning to
Santander as
Director for the
second time in the
summer of 2004,
ogram (summer 2003) accompanied by
Maria Guerrero.
students participated in the 2003 UF in
Seville Program. Students took 3000-
level courses on conversation or Spanish
culture, and a 4000-level Spanish
linguistics course on Andalusian dialect,

a course for which the city of Seville was
the perfect laboratory!
Dr. Gayle Zachmann, Director of the UF
in Provence Programs in France, is
pleased to report that this innovative
program has now brought over 300
students to France. Last summer, the UF
in Provence programs took 55 students
to Avignon and Aix-en-Provence,
offering an array of multidisciplinary
courses to students with over 30 majors
and minors. With two separate
campuses, this year students had the
privilege of having Dr. Rori Bloom
teaching a new course at the Avignon
site, and the Aix site saw its second
major expansion with the addition of a
new Political Science track, coordinated
by Dr. Richard Conley.
The ever-popular UF in Rome, Italy
Program added a Summer B session for
the first time. Dr. Michael Paden taught
in and directed both sessions along with
Dr. Caminati in Rome A, and Ms.
Sherrie Nunn in Rome B. Next
summer's sessions are filling up rapidly.
Dr. Paden will direct Rome A, while Dr.
Mary Watt will direct Rome B.

RLL's Study Abroad programs need your
help now. To contribute please take a
look at the back page of this Newsletter
or call us (352) 392-2016 X 222 or
Cynthia Butler at the UF Foundation
(352) 846-3447.

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The setting. Rio is in a breathtakingly
beautiful natural setting, a rare combina-
tion of mountains that rise out of the
ocean, coupled with beaches and bays.
My hotel was only a block from the Co-
pacabana beach. 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 morn-
ing, looking at the mountains, the ocean,
the imposing buildings and hotels, and
the morning exercisers and sun worship-
pers on the beach.
The program. The Rio program has
nearly doubled in size since 1998. Many

of the students are from universities other
than the University of Florida. As of the
year 2000, we also have the Rio business
program, directed by Dr. Terry McCoy.
In 2003 we had forty students total, from
UF and elsewhere. This year I found my-
self lecturing, showing films, and provid-
ing discussion questions for all six sec-
tions of Portuguese classes, in addition to
participating in excursions, workshops,
and class observations. This was the first
time I tried capoeira, the Brazilian mar-
tial art, and I enjoyed the workshop and
sparring with the students!

Excursions in and around Rio. Every
year we go on to Petr6polis to see the
summer palace of the Brazilian Emperor
Dom Pedro II. A group of students in-
vited me to go to the world's largest soc-
cer stadium, Maracani, to see a game. It
was quite an experience, with large
crowds and traffic jams, even though,
once we were inside, the stadium seemed
quite empty. Our group was active: going
to samba schools, dancing to "forr6" mu-
sic, and organizing their own activities,
trips, and excursions for the weekends, all
in addition to their regular coursework.



presented a paper at the
AILFH International
Conference in Boca
Raton in October. She
conducted research in Spain last
Summer, thanks to an RLL Award.
Her critical edition of a play by the
dramatist Jardiel Poncela has just been
published in Spain. An essay she has
contributed to a book on Equatorial
Guinea will be published by a Spanish
university press this Fall. Another
article, also on Equatorial Guinea, will
be published in a US journal next
year. Last Spring she was a panel
member for the national publication
award of the Spanish Honor Society,
Sigma Delta Pi.
productive year. She continues to
work on her first-year French
textbook, with co-author Dr.
Veronique Anover (Cal
State-San Marcos). The
text will be published
with Houghton-Mifflin
Co., and is tentatively
entitled A Vous! To date,
12 of 16 chapters are
complete. In addition, she continues to
make revisions to her French
linguistics manuscript, for publication
next year by Yale UP. She presented a
paper outlining some of her most
recent research, concerning the use of
technology in information-gap
activities, at the Computer Assisted
Language Instruction Consortium
(CALICO) annual conference in
Ottawa, Canada, in May 2003.
plenary presentation titled "Polftica de
la investigaci6n, investigaci6n de la
polftica" at the Argentine Literature
Chair, Facultad de Humanidades,
Universidad de Rosario, Argentina
(May 20, 2003). Prof. Avellaneda was
appointed committee chair of the

LASA "Bryce Wood Book Award" for
the best book published in English on
Latin American studies. His recent
publications include "Recordando con
ira: estrategias ideol6gicas y
ficcionales argentinas a fin de siglo,"
in Revista Iberoamericana 202 (2003):
119-135; "Evita: cuerpo y cadaver de
la literature," in Evita: mito y
representaciones, Buenos
Aires/Ciudad de Mexico: Fondo de
Cultura Econ6mica, 2002: 101-141;
and "Bioy mirando al sudeste," in
Homenaje a Adolfo Bioy Casares. Una
retrospective de su obra. Frankfurt am
Main: Vervuert, 2002: 269-284.
SHIFRA ARMON was awarded RLL
summer funds to travel to New York to
develop her manuscript on the history
of courtesy in Spain. She delivered a
paper on a portion of that research in
October at the Mid-America
Conference on Hispanic Literatures
held in Boulder, Colorado. The paper
was entitled "Ideals of Courtliness in
Alonso Ger6nymo de Salas
Barbadillo's El caballero perfecto"
This year, Dr. Armon was also named
Coordinator of Graduate Studies in
Spanish and director of the UF/ISA
Summer in Seville program for 2004.
In May 2003, READ BAKER
attended the annual meeting of the
North American Society for
Seventeenth-Century Studies held at
Dartmouth College. She delivered a
paper entitled "Corneille's Attila
(1667): Fathers and Huns." In August,
she went to a joint meeting of the
International Society for Eighteenth-
Century Studies and the American
Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
at UCLA and delivered a paper on
"Parameters of Belief: Challe's
Dialogue with Pascal." In late October,
she participated in a Liberty Fund
Colloquium, "La Rochefoucauld and
Pascal on Virtue, Sociability, and
Liberty" in Niagara-on-the-Lake,
Ontario. Her latest research project is

an intellectual biography of Robert
Challe (1659-1721).
has joined the faculty as Lecturer in
Italian, replacing Dr. Luca Caminati,
who accepted a tenure-track position at
Colgate University. Mr. Balestriere
previously taught at UF for 12 years.
He returns here following three years
at the US Department of State

To augment the variety and
quality of RLL Lecture Series
with your financial gift
please take a look at the
back page of this Newsletter
or call us (352) 392-2016 X
222 or Cynthia Butler at the
UF Foundation (352) 846-

Language Institute, where he
instructed diplomats. Mr. Balestriere
holds a weekly 'Tavola italiana" for
students of Italian on Friday
In the past year, RORI BLOOM
presented papers at several
conferences, including the Colloque
International Sade, The Kentucky
Foreign Language Conference, and the
International Society for Eighteenth-
Century Studies Meeting. Her paper
on Sade will be published in that
conference's proceedings, and she has
two essays forthcoming in collected
volumes: one on Flaubert, with
McFarland Publishing and another on
Pr6vost, with Bucknell University
Press. This past summer, she spent six
weeks in Avignon with the UF-in-
Provence program where she taught a
course on short fiction and enjoyed
exploring the south of France with her
SYLVIE BLUM-REID received an
Enhancement Scholarship award in
summer 2003. Her project took her to

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France and England to conduct
research. She has directed an
Undergraduate Scholar's project on
Quebec culture (summer/fall 2003)
and an IDS project in North
African/beur cinema in France. Her
book East-West Encounters was
published by Wallflower Press
(London) in May 2003. She
participated in "Beyond/After the
Screen: The Impact of Documenta X
and XI on Contemporary Film and
Video Practices", an International
conference organized by Nora Alter;
and also presented Alfredo Romero's
"12 films against racism" (Ham
Museum), funded by the FFRI.
E presented a paper in
March 2003 at the 29th
meeting of the African
Literature Association
(Alexandria, Egypt). In
June she was one of the
invited speakers at a
conference held in Fort-de-France,
Martinique, in honor of Aim6 C6saire's
90th birthday. The organizers are
planning a rapid publication of the
Actes. Her essay titled: "From
'Gabelles' to 'Grand Chaos': A Study
of the Disode to the Homeless," has
appeared in Mary Gallagher (ed.): Ici-
L: Place and Displacement in
Caribbean Writing in French (Rodopi,
2003). Cailler is on sabbatical leave for
this AY, working on a study of
Carthage: Mimoires de textes et
criatitvitis contemporaines.
published six articles: "C.S. Lewis,
Literary Critic," in Mythlore; "What
'Tales of a Wayside Inn' Tells Us
about Longfellow and about Chaucer,"
in Studies in Medievalism; "Robert
Lafont dramaturge," in Auteurs en
scine; "Rend Nelli, Poet of Occitan
Modernism," in Milanges Xavier
Ravier; "Dramatized Eclogues in
Occitan," in Theatrum Mundi; and

"Or/ordure: From Gold to Garbage, or
Deconstructing the Anglo-Norman
Romance "Topas et Pleindamour,'" in
"Proceedings of the Pseudo Society."
He gave the usual five or six papers at
conferences, taught French
Renaissance Poetry last spring, and
spent the summer in the Paris
caniculee" and the New York blackout,
retaining only fond memories of both.
JOAQUIM CAMPS presented the
paper 'Tense-aspect morphology in
Spanish as a
language: The
case of state
verbs" at the
on the Acquisition of Spanish and
Portuguese, in October. He has
published three articles this year: "The
analysis of oral self-correction as a
window into the development of past
time reference in Spanish" in Foreign
Language Annals; "Modality and the
expression of tense and aspect by
beginning learners of Spanish" in
Theory, Practice, and Acquisition; and
"Concurrent and retrospective verbal
reports as tools to better understand the
role of attention in second language
tasks" in International Journal of
Applied Linguistics.
article on "Les fissures
discursives dans Le
Premier homme"
appeared in Orbis
Litterarum, vol. LVIII,
no. 4, August 2003, pp.
239-252. He also
finished his text
editions, introductions, notes and
variants on the Carnets 1937-1949, Le
Premier thdtre, "L'Impromptu des
philosophes" (an unpublished play) to
be published in the first two (of four)
volumes of the new Gallimard-Pl6iade
edition of Albert Camus's Oeuvres

completes. At the October 6-9
international conference on Albert
Camus in Sio Paulo, he gave a
keynote presentation entitled "La
fiction absurde exige une esthetique de
la revolte." His Brazilian trip was a
"mission" sponsored by the Cultural
Affairs section of the French Ministry
of Foreign Affairs.
ANTONIO GIL recently translated
the Verb Activity Diary for the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.
This diary was written to encourage
physical activity in elementary school
LIBBY GINWAY has a lot to report.
EShe was awarded
tenure and promotion,
bought a new house,
and got married to
David Pharies at the
end of July. Her book
Brazilian Science
Fiction is forthcoming (2004) from
Bucknell University Press. She has an
online interview in Portuguese and
English about her interest in Brazilian
Science Fiction. Recently, an article
and a book review appeared in the SF
journal, Extrapolation, in addition to a
book review which appeared in
Utopian Studies, 2002.
GILLIAN LORD continues to be
active in research and teaching. In the
Past year she has
presented her work
at the Southern
Conference on
Language Teaching,
the Kentucky Foreign Language
Conference, the CALICO symposium,
and at the 6"h Conference on the
Acquisition of Spanish and
Portuguese. Her recent publications
include the articles "Analogy as a
Learning Tool in Second Language
Acquisition: The Case of Spanish
Stress" and "Going virtual: Inviting
guests into the classroom." In addition,
she is currently working on a a

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manuscript for a Spanish phonetics
CD-ROM based text.
ANDREW LYNCH and graduate
student Sarah Kraemer presented a
study on phonological variation in
M i a m i Cuban Spanish at the 7"h
Hispanic Linguistics
i Symposium in October.
Also in October, Lynch
participated in an invited
panel session on Aspects
of Cuban Spanish at the
Fifth Conference on Cuban and
Cuban-American Studies in Miami.
Lynch authored a chapter appearing in
Mi Lengua: Spanish as a Heritage
Language in the United States
(Georgetown UP, 2003) as well as an
article on attitudes toward Spanish in
the US, forthcoming in the journal
Lingiiistica Espaiiola Actual (Madrid,
2004). Over the summer, he signed a
contract with Georgetown UP to co-
author a book on Spanish language
contact with Professor Carol Klee
(University of Minnesota).
as Undergraduate Advisor in Spanish,
Director of the FLAC program, and
Director of the UF in Guanajuato
program. In 2002-03 he developed and
taught a new course for the UF in
Guanajuato program, "Marketing and
Advertising in the Spanish-Speaking
World" (SPN 3442), and developed a
new course at the graduate level,
"Teaching Spanish for the
Professions" (SPN 6166). During
Spring 2003 he gave presentations at
the UNC Languages Across the
Curriculum Workshop, the 9th Annual
Hispanic-Latino Collegiate Forum, and
the CIBER Annual Conference on
International Business, Language and
CAROL MURPHY presented a
paper, "Jeux de I'amour et du hasard
dans les romans de Marie Nimier," at
the International Xth Century French
Studies Colloquium hosted by the
University of Illinois in March 2003.

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Her article, "Jean Paulhan et Jean
Fautrier: re-presenter le reel," will
appear in the Fall 2004 issue of Yale
French Studies, and she has submitted
an essay on Marie Nimier to a special
issue of Esprit Crdateur on
contemporary French women authors.
As Director of the France-Florida
Research Institute, she was invited by
the French Embassy to present the
FFRI as a model centre
pluridisciplinaire to French university
presidents and deans of international
study at a Seminar on University
Cooperation held in Paris in June and
convened by the French Ambassador
to the U.S., Jean-David Levitte. In
June, the FFRI received a grant of
20,000 euros from the French
government to sponsor speakers,
colloquia, and seminars, and to foster
partnerships with French universities.
The FFRI calendar for 2003-2004
features visits by H616ne Cixous,
Sylvie Germain, Robert Sole
(ombudsman of Le Monde), among
many others. See
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for details.
enjoying her return to faculty ranks
after 9 years as Chair of RLL. This
fall she is teaching, and in the spring
she will be on sabbatical. She will
spend part of the leave in Barcelona,
researching and getting reacquainted
with the city and with Catalan. In
March 2003, she gave an invited
lecture at Florida International
University, and in October 2003 she
was the keynote speaker at the Mid-
America Conference on Hispanic
Literatures, held at the University of
Colorado in Boulder. She spoke on
the representation of the Spanish civil
war in the novels of several
contemporary women authors. Recent
publications include two reviews and
an article on a new generation of
novelists in Mujeres novelists:
j6venes narradoras de los noventa,

published in Madrid.
SHERRIE NUNN spent Summer B
teaching Italian I in the Summer Study
Abroad Program in Rome. She
continues as lecturer in Spanish and
Italian, and as faculty advisor for
Sigma Delta Pi.
his active pace in print and in public.
The Humanities Scholarship
Enhancement Fund supported his
project 'transamerican
poetics.' Publications
appeared in Luso-
Brazilian Review,
Matraga, Rattapallax,
and moriapoetry. He
delivered the keynote
address at the Latin American Studies
Symposium, Birmingham Southern
College, and distinguished invited
lectures at Harvard and Wisconsin.
Conference papers included "Banda
Hispanica" (LASA) and "Insularity
and Outreach in Contemporary
Brazilian Lyric" (BRASA). At MLA
2002, he read "Signs of Intercourse:
Material Poetry and Erotic
Imperatives." He is now the Faculty
Advisor for the Brazilian Students
Association and was elected member
of the College Curriculum Committee.
DAVID PHARIES has had a year full
of change: he got married to Libby
Ginway, moved, shaved his head, grew
a beard, directed the program in
Seville, and took on the job of chairing
RLL. This fall he presented papers in
Madrid, Taiwan, and Germany.
Having spent the last several years
researching the origins and history of
Spanish suffixes (culminating in the
publication of his Diccionario
etimoldgico de los sufijos espaiioles by
Gredos in Madrid), he is now doing
the same for prefixes. He encourages
everyone to check out the fifth edition
of the University of Chicago Spanish
Dictionary, which he edited last year.
MARY WATT presented papers at a
number of conferences, including the

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following: the
Medieval Congress
at Kalamazoo, MI,
the AATI Annual
Conference in
Toronto, Canada
and the Film and Literature
Conference at Florida State
GAYLE ZACHMANN, on sabbatical
last year, co-organized the visit of
Julia Kristeva, part of the inaugural
activities of the exciting new France-
Florida Research Institute. Zachmann
presented a paper at the Kentucky
Foreign Language Conference on
Claude Cahun, the subject of her

current research, and her article,
"Surreal and Canny Selves:
Photographic Figures in the Work of
Claude Cahun" appeared in the
summer issue (27:2) of Studies in
Twentieth Century Literature. Dr.
Zachmann was recently named
Director of UF's new Paris Research
Center. (On the web, consult
http://www.clas.ufl.edu/PRC/ for more
information on the research center.)
This fall, she presented a paper
entitled "Exposing Change in
Mallarmd: Window Dressing in the
Etalages and La Derniere Mode" for
the Nineteenth-Century French
Studies Colloquium.


first-year graduate student in French.
She comes from Romania, and her
degree is from the University of
Bucharest, where she studied
- terminology in
economics, banks, and
financial institutions in
French, English and
Romanian. This paper
won the Third Prize for
Technical and Scientific
Terminology, which was awarded by
the Latin Union. Her other interests
include foreign languages, reading
and writing, as well as Public
Relations and Advertising.
CYNTHIA LEES presented a paper
in May 2003, at Dalhousie University
in Nova Scotia. on shared themes in
SMile de Scuddry's
"Carte de Tendre" and
the work of a
Qudbecois author in her
paper "Jacques Poulin:
le nouveau maitre de
Tendre." She also recently completed
a study of culturally appropriate

mental health treatment for Franco-
Americans at the Bangor Mental
Health Institute. Her research,
"Franco-American Mental Health
Treatment: Custodial Care or
Rehabilitation?," was co-sponsored
by the Margaret Chase Smith Center
on Public Policy and the Centre
Franco-Americain at the University
of Maine, and can be found in the
libraries of BMHI, the FAC, and the
state Capitol building in Augusta,
ERICA OSHIER (A.B.D., Spanish)
has had another busy year. In the fall
of 2002 she taught a FLAC course on
U.S. Latino Culture and was happy to
pass her qualifying exams. In the
summer, she was awarded a generous
departmental grant to travel to
Mexico City to do archival research
on Gabriela Mistral's visit in the
1920's. The libraries were dusty but
the finds were worth it!
ABD/French Instructor at Auburn
University, recipient of the
Outstanding Ph.D. Award (French),
Giovanna has co-designed French

The UF FRENCH CLUB has had a
tremendously successful start to
the 2003-2004 academic year,
averaging between 30 and 40
participants at each meeting. There
has been a nice mix of undergraduate
students from French classes, French
students from various departments
across campus, and Gainesville
community members who are
interested in practicing their language
skills. Each meeting we have one
activity where members interact
and communicate in French. We
have also had interesting
presentations about the Rotary
Ambassadorial Scholars program and
the new Paris Research Center. Our
Festival de la Francophonie,
December 2nd, will round off
the semester with poetry arid music.

courses on WebCT, and organized a
French movie series. She has
published a translation, with preface
and notes, of No Tomorrow, and two
articles, "Contes de fees by Women
of the Seventeenth Century: New
Discourses of Sexuality and Gender"
and "Technical Transference or
Cultural Adaptation: Songs in
Translation." She has other three
articles under submission. Giovanna
will be presenting and chairing at the
annual SEASECS conference.
KARINA VAZQUEZ reports that
she was in Buenos Aires, Argentina
during Summer 2003, doing field
research. This was possible thanks to
the Tinker Grant she was awarded by
the Center for Latin American
Studies. Her project is called
"Photographing the Referent: New
Cultural Practices and Spaces after
the Crisis in Argentina in December
2001." Karina was able to make
valuable use of her time, carrying out
important interviews and obtaining
information for her dissertation, as
well as for future projects.

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SE I*', C F ,C T

Undergraduate Prog
Dr. Greg Moreland, now in
year as the undergraduate c
in Spanish, reports that enr
Spanish courses remains st
number of Majors stands at
while the official number of
in excess of 125. Informat
circulated at the beginning
2003 semester indicate that
more at the 2000-, 3000-
level are considering either
or minor. We continue to
pressed to serve such a lar
Undergraduate Program in
The undergraduate rece
French majors and mi
November 2003, attract
students interested in pursuit
in French. Thanks to the assi
participation of the French
well as Dr. Blum's research
Sophie Ganachaud, th
introduced some of o0
programs. The new B
program in French has

The graduate program in
continues to thrive. Seven
graduated with master's de
Spanish in spring and sumn
two of whom have chosen to
their doctoral studies at
Avellaneda stepped down as
coordinator after 10 of
service, having recruited
students for 2003-2004,
literature and six in lii
bringing our total nur
candidates to 49. Dr.
inaugurated her tenure as
coordinator with a rece
welcome incoming students.
innovation in store is a bull
with photos of current graduate

I E E .- ,.!. ', ,, T E .' f

ram in attracted many students, and is likely
to be formally inaugurated in Sprin
Shis third 2004 with our first students. For mor
coordinator information, see the Undergraduat
ollment in Advisor or v\ :dw iisin _i .(I -di
eady. The Thanks to the new Paris Researc
over 160, Center, conceived and developed b
Minors is Prof. Gayle Zachmann, and located i
ion sheets Reid Hall, offerings to ou
of the Fall undergraduate students in French wil
Hundreds increase.
and 4000- Bilingual Program
the major The academic year 2002-2003 ha
be hard- been a rewarding one for the Bilingua
ge student Program, and our coordinator, Susan
Braylan, is looking forward to an eve
French better 2004. The Program is growing
option for nicely. Almost all of our sections ar
minors, in full and we often have to turn student
ed many away. For the first time we offered
ig a career two sections of SPN 4314 during th
stance and fall semester, both of which filled ur
Club, as It would be wonderful to be able t
assistant, offer a second section of SPN 2340 i
is event the future-we are hoping to expan
ur newst the program in the next year or sc
.A./M.A. New plans are being discussed at thi
already time and, hopefully, we will have goo
news by the end of the year.
Foreign Languages Across Th
Curriculum (FLAC)
The nationally renowned FLA(
Spanish program at UF, directed by Dr. Gre,
students Moreland, enters its eighth yeai
degrees in offering an ever-expanding array o
ner 2003, foreign language enhancemen
continue sections. Fall 2003 featured courses i
UF. Dr.
aU. D. the following areas: France and th
years of European Union; The Memory o
15 new Trauma: Europe and the Holocausi
nine in Human Rights in Italy; Brazilia
nguistics, Music; Contemporary Latin America
nber of Politics; Public Relations in th
Armon Spanish-Speaking World; Lati
graduate American Business Environment. A
ption to all-time record of nine sections will b
Another offered in Spring 2004, with th
etin board following topics: The Marshall Plar
students. The Cold War and the Origins of th


y EEC; Business Portuguese; Latin
g American Music; Spain and the
e European Union; Business and
e Economics in Latin America; Puerto
. Rico: Culture and Identity.
n Many Thanks to
r Last Year's Donors
(since December 2002)

Mrs. Eunice Jessie Andrew
s Mr. Greg B. Arum
11 Dr. Joaquim Camps
a Mrs. Aileen G. Conner
g Dr. Paul DeLargy
e Ms. Kathleen K. Diamond
s Dr. Raymond Gay-Crosier
d Mr. Juan G6mez-Canseco
S Andrea & Giovanna Holbrook
o Dr. Ruthmarie H. Mitsch
n McGraw-Hill Publishing
d Dr. Greg Moreland
s Mrs. Kella A. Moss
d Martiza Nodari
Ms. Sherrie Nunn
e Mr. Oscar A. Otero
Dr. Michael Paden
S Prentice Hall Publishing
r, Mrs. Lynn G. Scott
if Dr. Roch C. Smith
t Mrs. Katheryn Lee Wright
n Mrs. Vita Zamorano
t; To add your name to this list
n and support the important
n work going on in RLL,
e please take a look at the

n back page of this Newsletter
e or call us (352) 392-2016 X
e 222 or Cynthia Butler at the
, UF Foundation (352) 846-3447.

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From Dr. Gayle Zachmann
I am delighted to share the latest
news on the new UF Paris Research
Center (PRC). A unit expressly
designed to create and facilitate
international initiatives across
campus and across the disciplines,
the PRC is an exciting new
component in the University of
Florida's commitment to
international activities and a step
forward for French. Conceived to
facilitate activities of the France-

he gardens at the Paris Research Center
Florida Research Institute, the
PRC's primary mission is to foster
and facilitate international research
and exchange, and welcomes ideas
for new international research and
study exchanges, the development
of colloquia, workshops, research
projects and study abroad programs
from all levels and covers of the
University of Florida community.
At this early stage of our first
semester, the PRC administrative
offices are already open and faculty
and student initiatives have been
forthcoming and fascinating. The
UF International Center is now
accepting applications for an
unprecedented number of UF
sponsored study-abroad programs at
the PRC. This year students will
benefit from unique opportunities
for week-long intensive study
abroad over spring break.
Applications are also being

accepted for two major summer
study-abroad programs, terms A and
B. These interdisciplinary programs
will welcome students from all
majors and will be enhanced with
site-specific activities, excursions,
and guest speakers. All have been
carefully selected for academic
excellence and approved by their
academic units.
In great anticipation of many years
of innovation, let me now welcome
our newest unit members. A glance
at this list already exemplifies the
intellectual cross-fertilization and
campus-wide enthusiasm that
brought this opportunity to UF. We
welcome: the Center for European
Studies, the Center for Women's
Studies and Gender Research, the
Department of African American
Studies, the Department of English,
the Department of Landscape
Architecture, The Department of
Pathology at the University of
Florida Health Sciences Center,
Jacksonville, the Department of
Physics, the Department of Political
Science, the Department of
Romance Languages and
Literatures, the France-Florida
Research Institute, and the
Warrington College of Business. I
share your excitement and look
forward to facilitating the many
international initiatives you have

r i ;7*r ,


In June 2003, the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs in France, through
the French Embassy in the

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Washington, awarded 20,000 euros
to the France-Florida Research
Institute (FFRI) for program support
in 2003. Chosen in June 2002 as
one of 18 centres
pluridisciplinaires, or officially
recognized centers of excellence in
French studies, UF's FFRI joins
some of the most prestigious
universities in the U.S., among
them, Stanford, UCLA,
Northwestern, University of
Pennsylvania, Dartmouth,
Princeton, Columbia, LSU, Duke
and Yale. During its first year, the
FFRI welcomed to UF 26 visiting
lecturers from France, Senegal and
the U.S. They participated in
conferences, workshops, and
seminars, and gave lectures and
readings, both in French and in
English, on topics pertinent to
France and the Francophone world.
UF faculty also traveled abroad on
planning trips to France to set up
linkages with French institutions,
such as the Institute of Political
Science (Institut d'etudes
politiques) in Paris and the cole
Normale Superieure, in Cachan, just
outside of Paris, two new partner
institutions with UF.
Highlights of the FFRI's inaugural
year included the inaugural lectures
in February of Julia Kristeva,
renowned literary critic, author,
psychoanalyst and professor at the
University of Paris VII-Denis
Diderot. Also at the inaugural were
the Cultural Counselor of the
French Embassy, Jean-Ren6 Gehan,
the Consul General of the French
Consulate in Miami, Christophe
Bouchard, and Victoire Bidegain-
DiRosa, cultural attach in Miami.
Three professors shared the
distinction of being FFRI Visiting
Professor in 2002-2003: journalist


and author Boubacar Boris Diop
from Senegal, Professor Jean-Pierre
Launay, CNRS, Toulouse, and Dr.
Jacqueline Lichtenstein, Professor
of philosophy and aesthetics at the
University de Paris X, Nanterre.
For 2003-2004, there are three FFRI
Visiting Professors. H61ene Cixous,
famed feminist critic, author,
playwright, and activist spent three
days in October at UF before
returning to the Universit6 de Paris
VIII. In the spring, Professor Maiti
Monjib, from the University of
Meknes in Morocco will teach a
course on French colonization in
Africa, and Pierre Jacob of the
Institute of Cognitive Sciences in
Lyon will address colleagues in
Philosophy, Linguistics and the
McKnight Brain Institute. Other
events are chronicled on the website:
l1T _, I.- V, \k % .% u l u. 1 .L '11.1 ]" Ii ,u.
In addition to sponsoring colloquia,
seminars, visiting professorships
and partnerships with French
institutions, the FFRI promotes
French government-sponsored
scholarship opportunities, such as
the Chateaubriand Fellowships for

JAMES ANDREWS, a former French
undergraduate, was accepted to
Stanford Medical School. He has
deferred acceptance to conduct
research in Paris on a Fulbright this
MARIA CAMI.VELA is taking a
semester sabbatical in Spain where she
is working on the second edition of her
book, Mujeres detrds de la cdmara. In
addition to the generation of Spanish
female directors of the 90s, the book
will also include the new directors
from 2000 to 2003. It will be published
in the spring of 2004 by Ocho y Medio.
Prof. Camf-Vela has been selected to

graduate students in the humanities
and social sciences, and teaching
assistantships and internships in
France for undergraduate and
graduate students. The FFRI is also
affiliated with the Paris Research
Center and hopes to sponsor joint
conferences at Reid Hall in Paris and at
the University of Florida.

the "comitd cientifico" of the
Association of Spanish Film
Historians. The next conference
(February 2004) in Granada will
concentrate on the Spanish
Spanish, 1996) has had another busy
year at Mars Hill College. Greg
remains busy on the conference circuit.
In the Spring, he chaired a session on
Post-Modernism in Latin American
Literature at the Mid-America
Conference on Hispanic Literature at
Washington University in St. Louis. He
also presented "Leaving Romania,
Returning Home: Post-Modern
Readings of Spanish/American

Vampire Stories" with a focus on
Alejandra Pizarnik. In mid-October,
Greg presented at the annual Foreign
Language Association of North
Carolina meeting on useful techniques
for teaching object pronouns as well as
increasing cultural competence with
readings in Spanish. Greg has been
invited to be a member of the
Internationalization Task Force for the
Appalachian College Association, an
organization that provides research
opportunities for faculty and students at
over 30 small colleges in Appalachia.
He and a colleague will present at next
spring's SCOLT meeting in Mobile,
Alabama on increasing student ability
in writing compositions in Spanish.

"Chosen in June 2002 as
one of 18 centres
pluridisciplinaires, or
officially recognized centers
of excellence in French
studies, UF's FFRI joins
some of the most
prestigious universities in
the U.S."

Participants from Julia Krlsteva's Roundtable Discussion (February 9, 2003)
From left to right, standing: Dr. Raymond Gay-Crosier (RLL), Dr. Maureen Turim
(English), Dr. Julian Wolfreys (English), Dr. Gayle Zachmann (RLL). Seated: Profes-
sor Julia Kristeva, FFRI Visiting Professor (Universit6 de Paris VII-Denis Diderot)
and Dr. Ofelia Schutte (University of South Florida).

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Greg continues to work on his
translation/edition of Manuel Mujica
Loinezo's Crdnicas reales. He has
contacted Princeton University about
the possibility of accessing their
collection. He is currently writing a
paper on the images of flesh, carnality,
and the concept of "consumption" in
Esteban Echeverrfa's El matadero.
ALEX DE PAULA (B.A. 2003) is
currently teaching English in Paris.
RACHEL GORA, a former French
student, is presently enrolled in the
Columbia University Masters in
Cultural Studies Program in Paris. She
is also program assistant to the new
Paris Research Center.
RACHEL HART, a former French
undergrad and grad, is at Princeton
University pursuing her doctorate.
GRANT KING (dual degree,
History/French, 2003) is studying and
doing research in France on a
1996) is currently an Associate

Professor of Spanish at The University
of Montana, where he is teaching
"Reading the City: Mexico City." In
January he and his students will go to
Mexico City for three weeks to put into
practice what they learned in the
classroom. His publications include
"La novela de la revoluci6n mexicana"
in Sieteculebras: Revista Andina de
Cultura; "Entrevista a Jose Joaqufn
Blanco" in Alba de Amirica: Revista
Literaria; and "Rosamaria Roffiel," an
encyclopedia entry for "Latin
American Women Writers." He has
presented at the Latin American
Studies Association in Dallas and at the
Congress de Literatura Mexicana
Contemporinea in El Paso. He has
been fortunate to receive a University
Research Grant from UM for the
summer of 2004. He also received a
Faculty Professional Enhancement
Award to invite Dr. David William
Foster to UM in November. Lastly he
has created a Latin American collection
at the UM Mansfield Library. He

wishes all his "Gator" friends and
colleagues the very best!
French, 2003) is currently teaching
French at the University of Lanzhou in
1988) is a tenured faculty member
teaching Spanish and Humanities at
Florida Community College at
Jacksonville. She has recently
purchased a 1946 bungalow home,
which she is in the process of
renovating. Claire would love to hear
from any of her classmates at her email
address: creetz@fccj.edu.
JENA REGER (B.A. Dec. 2002) has
entered Law School at Duke
University, chosen among 4300
applications for 200 seats.
French grad and undergrad, is
completing her doctorate at Emory, and
is presently working in Paris at Educo,
the overseas consortium of Duke,
Cornell, and Emory.



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
television, influenced
contemporary Latin
American literature. The scholarship award is used to fund
a cash prize for an outstanding graduate student. 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 "Alfonsina Lorenzi Memorial Fund
#6049" in the Memo line of your check.

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 promising 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 will 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 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" in the Memo line of your

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