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The Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures encompasses the study of French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, and Yiddish-speaking worlds. More than 300 courses are offered every year, from introductory language classes to advanced graduate seminars in literature and theory.

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Italian Graduate Victoria Fanti Awarded Alexander Grass Fellowship

Doctoral candidate in Italian Victoria Fanti was awarded the “Alexander Glass Humanity Institute Graduate Research Fellowship” for spring 2020, for her dissertation project The New Killer Queens of Italian Renaissance Tragedy. Victoria’s dissertation, “The New Killer Queens of Italian Renaissance Tragedy,” studies how tragedians of the classical genre’s revivaldeployed new renderings of homicidal women during the Italian Renaissance. […]


Where are they now? News from our grads

Please join us in congratulating our alumnus Francesco Brenna, who received his PhD in spring 2019 and joined the Department of French and Italian at Indiana University Bloomington this fall as Visiting Lecturer in Italian. Ad maiora Francesco!


Affective Colonialism in 1930s Libya – Gilman 108, 5.15 PM- Nov. 19th

Italo Balbo is globally known as an aviation pioneer, but he was also the governor of Libya from 1934 to 1940. Graziella Parati is interested in analyzing a particular document that he wrote in which Balbo employed the language of affect in order to list the Italian “achievements” in its fourth shore, Libya. Once he […]