Welcome to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Arabic Dr. Touria Khannous who received the 2013 Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award. This award recognizes faculty who have been selected by their colleges or schools as outstanding teachers.
A new degree program in Classical Civilization is now offered as a concentration in the Liberal Arts B.A. Program. This concentration allows students to focus on Greek, or Latin, or Classical Studies. Students are required to take the first four semesters of either Greek or Latin and the Senior Seminar. Majors must complete 5 additional classes of which 3 must be at the 3000-level or above. In addition to courses in Classical languages or Classical Studies, students may fulfill degree requirements with approved courses in Art History, English/Linguistics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies. A list of courses is provided in the following Concentration in Classical Civilization.
Associate Professor of Spanish Andrea Morris has been selected as a 2012 CXC Faculty Summer Institute participant. This workshop provides LSU faculty with the opportunities, training, and resources needed to enhance their existing courses with Communication-Intensive pedagogy and improve students' discipline-specific communication skills.
Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Spanish Dorota Heneghan who received the 2012 Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award. This award recognizes faculty who have been selected by their colleges or schools as outstanding teachers.
Dr. Heneghan also submitted a top-rated ATLAS proposal to complete a monograph on “Fashion, Gender, and Modernity in Galdós, Pardo Bazán, and Picón.” The work will investigate important, complex interactions between ideas and presentations of fashion (especially clothing and accessories) and the construction of gender in modern Spanish literature.
Assistant Professor of Classics Wilfred E. Major received a Performance Review Grant during summer 2011 that enabled him to complete two publishing projects. His article, “Staging Andromeda in Euripides and Aristophanes” was accepted by Classical Journal and he is currently making revisions for publication. He completed his book manuscript, The Court of Comedy: Aristophanes, Rhetoric, and Democracy in Fifth-Century Athens which is now under contract with The Ohio State University Press.
Associate Professor of Spanish Alejandro Cortazar received a $9000 Manship fellowship award summer 2011 for his book project "Historias de amor, historias de la nación: romanticismo e identidad cultural en México" [Love Stories, Stories of the Nation: Romanticism and Cultural Identity in Mexico]. This book project studies the importance of the tragic hero’s death in Mexican romanticism as a symbolic act of freedom and redemption for the community he represents, be it the criollo, the indigenous, or the mestizo community.
|Afro-Cuban Identity in Post-Revolutionary Novel and Film: Inclusion, Loss, and Cultural Resistance|
By Dr. Andrea Easley Morris
Afro-Cuban Identity in Post-Revolutionary Novel and Film examines the changing discourse on race as portrayed in Cuban novels and films produced after 1959. Andrea Easley Morris analyzes the artists’ participation in and questioning of the revolutionary government’s revision of national identity to include the unique experience and contributions of Cuban men and women of African descent. While the Cuban revolution brought sweeping changes that vastly improved the material condition of many Afro-Cubans, at the time overrepresented among Cuba’s poor and marginalized, the government’s official position was that racial inequities had been resolved as early as 1962. Although a more open dialogue on race was cut short, the work of several novelists and film directors from the late 1960s and 70s expresses the need to explore what was gained and lost by Afro-Cubans in the early years of the revolution, among them Manuel Granados, Miguel Barnet, Nivaria Tejera, Sara Gómez, César Leante, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Sergio Giral, and Manuel Cofiño.