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Department News

2014-2015 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Nominations in MLL

A very impressive number of MLL TAs have been nominated for FSU's 2014-2015 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award: 26, more than any other unit on campus, and even more than last year. Congratulations on this recognition of your commitment to excellence in teaching! The following MLL TA's have been nominated: Eliane Aoun, Daphne Browning, Amy Bustin, Matthew Childs, Stephanie Contreras, Jessica Craft, Liset Cruz Garcia, Jamile Forcelini, Perla Esmeralda Garcia Frutis, Samantha Gillen, David Huffman, Jennifer Irish, Jeremy Kasten, Tyler King, Kathleen Laylle, Merry Low, Alberto Lopez Martin, Johanna Mendez, Katherine Moore, Alan Parma, Anika Scheuermann, Stirling Spasaro, Summer Schuler, Natasha Sutherland, Daniel Van Jelgerhuis, Brett Walter.

Professor Jeannine Murray-Román to join the Department in Fall 2015

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jeannine Murray-Román (PhD, UCLA) as Assistant Professor of French and Spanish, to begin in the fall of 2015. Professor Murray-Román's research focuses on comparative Caribbean literatures with an emphasis on postcolonial, transnational, digital humanities, and performance studies. During a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA and Visiting Assistant Professorship of French at Reed College, she taught courses on Caribbean creolizations, disaster writing, and theatricality in Hispanophone Caribbean literature. Her work has appeared in Small Axe, the International Journal of Francophone Studies, Extensions, and The French Review. Her monograph, Performance and Personhood in Contemporary Caribbean Writing, is forthcoming with University of Virginia Press.

Department Celebrates Faculty Publications

In 2013-2014, nine faculty members published books, and one received a major grant from the Department of Education. To honor this achievement, the Department hosted a Celebration of Scholarship event in the Law School Rotunda. (From left to right: Christian Weber, Silvia Valisa, Yanning Wang, Delia Poey, Roberto Fernandez, and Martin Munro. Not pictured: Aimée Boutin, Juan-Carlos Galeano, Keith Howard, and Gretchen Sunderman.)

Aimée Boutin. City of Noise: Sound in Nineteenth-Century Paris. (University of Illinois Press)

Roberto Fernandez. El Príncipe y la bella cubana. Los amores de don Alfonso de Borbón y Battenberg y doña Edelmira Sampedro y Robato. (Editorial Verbum)

Juan-Carlos Galeano. Cuentos Amazonicós. (Tierra Nueva)

Keith Howard. The Reception of Machiavelli in Early Modern Spain. (Tamesis)

Martin Munro. Writing on the Fault Line: Haitian Literature and the Earthquake of 2010. (Liverpool University Press)

Delia Poey. Cuban Women and Salsa: To the Beat of Their Own Drum. (Palgrave)

Gretchen Sunderman was part of a team (led by Dr. Carla Wood Jackson: Communication Science and Disorders) that received the following grant: $1.25M Grant from the Institute of Educational Sciences: “Bridging for Language Outcomes in the Classroom”

Silvia Valisa. Gender, Narrative, and Dissonance in the Modern Italian Novel. (University of Toronto Press)

Yanning Wang. Reverie and Reality: Poetry on Travel by Late Imperial Chinese Women. (Lexington)

Christian Weber. Die Logik der Lyrik. (Rombach)

Hispanic Honors Society Hosts Panel

Florida State's Hispanic Honors Society, Sigma Delta Pi, hosted a research panel for Spanish Literature doctoral students entitled "Estrategias de subversión en la cultura hispana" on Tuesday, November 18. Four students presented their current research, and as the title of the panel states, each paper was linked by the use of subversion in text. Olga Romero Mestas presented "Subversión discursiva en el conjunto epistolar de Gaspar Betancourt Cisneros". Jeremy Kasten's presentation was "Mitos, monstruos, y memoria: trauma latente y subversión tática en Hijos de la ira", followed by Alberto López who presented "Viñetas y afectos truncados: miedo y subversión en el cómic chileno durante el gobierno pinochetista". Lastly, Liset Cruz presented "¿La calle es de los revolucionarios? La subversión del espacio público y oficial en La Habana post-soviética". The event was moderated by Kate Wesolek.

 

Department Celebrates Kathy Wimberly's 39 Years of Service

On October 29, 2014, the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics celebrated the retirement of its much beloved office manager Kathy Wimberly for her 39 years of outstanding service at Florida State University.