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SQ17: Staff Service Award – Elizabeth Murray

Liz Murray received a Staff Service Award in recognition of her dedication to her work during the five years she has served at Northwestern. We are proud to congratulate Liz for this recognition and thank her for her contributions as an important member of our department and as our office supervisor since she arrived.


FQ16: Staff Excellence Award – Phil Hoskins

We are happy to announce that Phil Hoskins has won the Meteor Staff Award which honors outstanding staff members, employed in new positions, who have demonstrated in a relatively short time excellence in their position and contributions to their department. We congratulate Phil for this achievement and well deserved honor and thank him for his professionalism, dedication, imagination, and warmth, qualities he brings to every task and every interaction.


FQ16: Faculty Teaching Award – Marie-Thérèse Pent

We are pleased to announce that Marie Thérèse Pent has received the Faculty Honor Roll award, organized by the Associated Students Government. The Faculty Honor Roll recognizes exceptional professors who go above and beyond expectations. We are grateful to Marie-Thé for her continued dedication to our students and program.


SuQ16: Thesis Defense - Brittany Murray

Brittany Murray defended her dissertation, titled Uncertain Time: Historicity and French Culture in the Nineteen-­Seventies. The project is a period study of the decade following May 1968 bringing together phenomena as disparate as science fiction, self-managed factories, écriture féminine, and lesbian utopia.  It has a special emphasis on questions of historical narrative and futurity, drawing upon Marxist, feminist, and queer theoretical traditions.

Her committee consisted of Scott Durham, Vivasvan Soni, and Christopher Bush as chair. Please join us in congratulating Brittany on this important milestone and in wishing her continued success as she moves on to the next stage of her career.


SuQ16: Thesis Defense – Joseph Derosier

Joseph's thesis “Imagining a New Britain: The Politics of Perlesvaus” reframes the role of prose romance in narratives of nationhood and politics. Perlesvaus, Le Haut livre du Graal, shows us how romance can be a political genre, articulating forms of life and politics that challenge the reader to reimagine medieval politics and power. His dissertation argues that in Perlesvaus we find an early literary experiment engaged in the fantasy of binding the spiritual and physical health of king and kingdom—what I identify as a “biopolitical” freight that links the body of the king to the body politic in prose romance. He shows how Perlesvaus articulates this biopolitics in ways that challenge the modern conceptions and iterations of biopolitics. In doing so, he argues that it posits new ways of looking at nation and sovereignty in medieval literature that force us to question the relationship between literature and politics in the medieval and modern periods.

His committee consisted of Barbara Newman, Alessia Ricciardi, Cynthia Nazarian and William Paden as chair. Please join us in congratulating Joseph on his tremendous achievement and in wishing him continued success as he moves forward with his academic endeavors!


SQ16: Faculty Teaching Award – Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson has been selected the recipient of the CLI Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Teaching. The selection committee recognized that Tom's contributions to language teaching and learning at Northwestern both inside and outside the classroom have been truly exceptional and honor his pedagogical and scholarly accomplishments with this award. It is our pleasure to congratulate Tom on this well deserved recognition.


WQ16: Faculty Teaching Awards – Paola Morgavi and Patricia Scarampi

It is our great pleasure to announce that both Paola Morgavi and Patricia Scarampi have received the Faculty Honor Roll award, organized by the Associated Students Government. The Faculty Honor Roll recognizes exceptional professors who go above and beyond expectations.


FQ15: New Department Chair – Nasrin Qader

We are excited to announce our new Chair, Nasrin Qader, a comparatist who works at the intersection of Francophone African literature, Arabic literature of the Maghreb, Islamic thought and mysticism, and contemporary literary and visual theory. Professor Qader is a former co-director of the French Interdisciplinary Group and a core faculty member in the programs of Comparative Literary Studies and African Studies. We all look forward to the energy and dynamism she will bring to the office of the chair, and are excited to begin working with her in September.


FQ15: New Faculty Member – Christopher Davis

Christopher Davis holds a BA in Classics from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan. His research is focused on medieval French, Occitan and Classical literatures, particularly lyric poetry, medieval theories of poetry and language, medieval textual culture and the circulation of medieval Francophone Literatures in a Mediterranean context. Before coming to Northwestern, he was a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in Classics at Kalamazoo College, the ACLS/Mellon New Faculty Fellow in French and Comparative Literature at U-C, Berkeley and a Visiting Lecturer in French and Italian at Princeton.


FQ15: Faculty Promotions

We are proud to announce the recent promotions of three of our faculty professors. Margaret Dempster was promoted from Assistant Professor of Instruction in French to Associate Professor of Instruction in French. Dominique Licops was promoted to Associate Professor of Instruction. Patricia Scarampi was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor of Instruction.  Congratulations to these valued members of our department!


SQ15: Our Spring Quarter Newsletter is here! 

2015 Spring Quarter