Karen received a BA in French and History from Vassar College in 2003, where she wrote her senior thesis in History on the beguines, a medieval women's religious order. She is in her fourth year of the PhD with MA en route. Her research interests include Catholicism in French history and literature,in particular women, gender, and spirituality in the Middle Ages, and saints' lives.
Eléonore received her M.A. in English and American Literature and Civilization from the Université Paris-X, Nanterre, where she wrote her thesis on two first First Ladies and their pioneering role in the shaping of the American nation. She is currently a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the French Program and working on her dissertation entitled The Failure of the Self: Siblings, Twins, and Best Friends in French Modernity. She is the recipient of a Lillian B. Lawler Fellowship for 2011-2012 and she now lives in New Haven, CT with her husband Leonel. She nurtures a deep interest in the transitional nation rebuilding itself from the shipwreck of past events. Her primary research interests include the notion of exile in 19th-century France, particularly the sentiment of étrangeté. Chateaubriand and Madame de Staël embody a generation of men and women that is lost in the present and who paradoxically find themselves constrained to live a life in abeyance. Finally, she loves writing, and is particularly interested in the oulipian creative / recreative act of writing.
Maxime Bey-Rozet is a first-year student in the Film Studies Ph.D. Program with a concentration in French. He holds a BA in English and Spanish literature from the Université Catholique d'Angers and an MA in Film Studies from the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is interested in the intersection of early French horror cinema and French literature of the first half of the 20th century.
Gabriel Boyer received his BA in French and Francophone Studies: Language and Culture and has a minor in Religious Studies from Penn State University. Gabriel is a first year PhD (MA en route) graduate student in the Department of French and Italian at Pitt. His primary interests of study are religion, 19th-20th century literature and history.
Annie graduated from “Frederic Joliot Curie” French language school in Varna, Bulgaria and earned an MA in Early Childhood Education and a Minor in French from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. Later, she received a second MA in French and Francophone World Studies from the University of Iowa. She is currently in her third year of the PhD program pursuing a Film Studies with concentration in French degree. Her broad research interests include the theme of marginalization, displacement and exile in 20th and 21st centuries France. Most recently, her research has focused on the phenomenon of translanguaging, an outcome of the (im)migration processes in Europe and the world. She is the recipient of (2014-2015) FLAS fellowship.
Mert received his B.A. in French from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) in '07. He previously received his B.S. in Finance ('89-UAB) and his M.B.A. ('93-UAB). He is studying towards a PhD degree in French Literature and his area of interest includes the negotiation of literary identity during the height of the “philosophe vs. anti-philosophe” conflict in the middle of the 18th century. His research focuses on the literary output of writers whose careers were influenced by the two camps during the period of 1750-65, as well as writers who neither joined one camp nor the other during the conflict.
Ex-professional tennis player and coach, Mert writes articles for tennis publications on each side of the Atlantic Ocean and keeps a blog.He was born in Istanbul, and has a daughter, Erin.
Brendan Ezvan is in his first year of the PhD with an M.A. en route. He received his B.A. in French and English (with a concentration in British literature) from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri (2014). His principal research interests include issues of gender and performance in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century novel and theater as well as the traditions of the fantastic and the absurd.
Laurine received a BA in French and Psychology from Northern Kentucky University, and an MA in French from Florida Atlantic University. She is now a first year PhD student in French Literature. Her research interests include gender in early 20th century Literature, and in immigration Literature.
Anne Ganster is currently in her fifth year of the Ph.D. program in French literature. Her dissertation, entitled “Entre Nous: Revealing the Private in Contemporary French and Québecois Women’s Autofiction,” argues that autofiction functions as a political tool for women writers that allows them to gain agency outside of a gendered framework by representing their lived, bodily experiences in a paradoxically impersonalized way. They do so by reworking established forms of narration such as the tragic, erotic, and comedic genres. Her research interests include 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literature, women’s writing, and autobiography. Her article “Le Premier Homme d’Albert Camus: l’individu de l’autofiction et de la Méditerranée” was recently published in the Cahiers du GRELCEF.
Sylvia Grove received her B.A. in French and Creative Writing from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA, after which she served as an assistante d’anglais at the Lycée Gustave Eiffel in Talange, France. At Pitt, she focuses on questions of food and identity politics in 20th century French literature. She received her M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014 and is in the first year of her PhD.
Jennifer Boum Make
Jennifer is a French native speaker. She received both her BA and MA degrees in English from the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre. After a year of teaching in Shakespeare country, she first came to Pitt as an exchange in the fall of 2012 and is currently in the second year of the PhD in French literature with MA en route.Her Master’s thesis is entitled: “The Individual in Space before and after 9/11”. Her primary interests in spatial aesthetics, urban spaces and the spatial construction of the individual continue with questions of temporal and spatial crossings and their impact on iterations of nationhood. Jennifer’s primary research interests are focused on the exploration of conceptual and theoretical intersections between Caribbean and Mediterranean literatures, especially Algerian and Moroccan.
Maeva is a PhD candidate in French. This year is her 6th and final year in the program. She is currently working on her dissertation entitled: “Scandal, Stardom, and Intimacy: Crafting the Celebrity Actress in 18th-Century France.” Supported by an Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year, Maeva intends to complete and defend her dissertation by August 2015. Her research interests include: celebrity studies, early modern women, and 18th-century print culture.
Delphine, a French native, is currently working towards a PhD in French Literature. She received her B.A. in English, her M.A. in English and her M.A. in Teaching French as a Foreign Language from the Université Paris IV Sorbonne. Her research interests include second-language acquisition, translation and comparative stylistics.
Katie double-majored in International Studies/Political Science and French at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (BA 04). As a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, she received a DEA in Etudes europeennes (politique, economique et societe) from the Institut europeen de l'Universite de Geneve. In the Fall of 2007, she began the PhD program in French Literature and Politics. Katie is particularly interested in the French nation of the late 20th and 21st centuries. For her dissertation, she hopes to explore the effects of the European Union on the French nation in literature during these times periods.
David Spieser-Landes comes from Alsace where he grew up speaking French, Elsässerditsch (Alsatian) and Hochdeutsch (German).
His dissertation, titled “The Politics of Aesthetics: Nation, Region and Immigration in Contemporary French Culture,” uses Jacques Rancière’s theoretical framework to examine the role of “French” literature in imagining a homogeneous “French” “nation” diachronically, but also to analyze the different ways in which “regional literature”/cultural production (e.g. André Weckmann’s “Alsatian novels”) and “banlieue literature”/cultural production (e.g. Abd al Malik’s rap) are effectively breaking national unison in present-day France.
Before coming to Pittsburgh, David Spieser-Landes earned a French Master’s Degree in American Civilization from Université Lyon 2, France. He then held a Teaching Assistantship at Penn State University, and taught French for two years at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA
Paulina received her BA and MA degrees in Applied Linguistics, English and French, specializing in translation and teaching, from Maria Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland. Last year she obtained her Master’s in French Literature at Pitt and is now continuing towards a PhD degree. Her research interests include Cultural, Translation and Film Studies. Currently her work focuses on evolution of the role of formal constraints in French literature and its implications for the conflict between tradition and innovation. She is also developing her interest in pedagogy and teaching French. In her free time she jumps out of planes.
John is a first-year student pursuing his PhD with MA en route. He is a native of southwestern Pennsylvania, but received his first BS in the Recording Industry from Middle Tennessee State University in 2003 where he minored in French, Mathematics and Electro-Acoustics. During his studies at MTSU, he participated in an exchange program and interned as an engineer for France Bleu Cotentin. After graduating he was a language assistant at Lycée Boissy d’Anglas in Annonay, France. During his travels, John nourished a taste for the culinary world and a strong interest in French colonialism. After a short stint in the recording industry in Nashville, he moved to the booming city of Phoenix, Arizona in 2005 to pursue a career in the restaurant industry to support his graduate studies.
Unexpectedly, John became caught up in the business and found himself, several years later, as an executive chef. Realizing that he had lost sight of his academic goals, he decided to hang up the chef coat and attended Arizona State University where he completed his BA in French with additional coursework in Economics in 2011. His interest in food continues with the hybridity of cuisine and culture as well as his interest in colonial and postcolonial studies. Other research interests include economics (exchange, trade and growth) and politics in literature (across all periods), mobility and migrations of people, travel literature, exoticism, and materialism.
Originally from the small town of Fairmont in West Virginia, Paul studied Foreign Languages (French and Spanish) at West Virginia University and received his BA in 2009. He stayed on at WVU for another two years during which he finished his MA in French Literature. He is interested by almost everything to do with French literature and culture and is making a mighty effort to coalesce these varied curiosities into a more focused corpus. In his spare time, Paul enjoys reading (obviously), camping, and dabbling in creative fiction.
Eufemia is a first year MA student in the Italian program. She is native of Italy where she received a ‘laurea triennale’ in Applied Linguistics, English and Spanish, and a Master’s in Translation from the University of Turin. She wrote her dissertation on the analysis of the Italian translation of The Human Comedy, a novel by Armenian-AmericanWilliam Saroyan. During her undergrad career, she interned at Walt Disney World Resorts Orlando, an experience that changed her life and drove her to advance both her professional and educational experiences in the US. Eufemia’s interests include Medieval and Classical studies and Translation. She is considering developing a career in teaching Italian as a foreign language.
Tylar is a first year MA student in the Italian program. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014 with a BA in Italian Language and Literature, a double major in Anthropology, a minor in Linguistics, and a Certificate in Western European Studies with a concentration on European Humanities. She studied abroad with the semester-long Pitt in Florence program in the spring of 2013 as an advanced-track student, and as a recipient of the Benjamin A. Gliman International Scholarship. While abroad, she was published as the translator of an article written by her professor for CAPA International Education. She was also inducted into Gamma Kappa Alpha, a national Italian Honor Society. Tylar hopes to return to Florence this summer for an internship as well as to begin research for her thesis. Her interests include 19th and 20th century poetry, the theater of Pirandello, Dante’s Inferno, and the diachronic linguistic development of the Italian language.
Gina is a first year MA student in the Italian program. She received a BA in Comparative Literature with a minor in Italian from Franklin & Marshall College in 2012, where she wrote her senior thesis on mother-daughter relationships in Italian and American Y.A. literature. During her undergraduate career, Gina spent three summers studying with F&M in Vicchio, Italy, while in the last two acting as the T.A. for the program. During her senior year at F&M, Gina worked as the research assistant to Dr. Faleschini Lerner on her recently published book, Carlo Levi’s Visual Poetics. She also published an essay of her own, “La fusione tra la scrittura e l’arte visiva: Adriano Spatola & la poesia visiva” in The Kennesaw Tower (vol 4), an undergraduate foreign language journal. Gina’s interests include portrayals of the south, immigration, and women in post 18th century literature and film.
Tyana is a first year MA student in the Italian program. She received a BA in Italian Language & Literature and Political Science from Rutgers University in 2013, where she wrote her undergraduate thesis on the theme of love in Boccaccio’s Decameron. During her undergraduate career, Tyana spent two summers studying Italian Language and Literature at the Università d’Urbino. Her research interests include the Italian Renaissance, and the roles of women during this time