Audrey Brunetaux
(207) 859-4664
Department Chair and Associate Professor of French
Areas of Expertise: 20th-21st Century French Literature and Cinema; Cultural Studies; Holocaust Literature & Film; Visual Arts & the Shoah; Trauma & Memory Studies; Graphic Novels; Autobiography and Memories; Charlotte Delbo
Danila Cannamela
Lovejoy 306
Assistant Professor of Italian
Areas of Expertise: Modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture; Noir, pulp, sci-fi literature; Environmental Humanities; Gender Studies; Italian cinema
Posthumanism; Ecopoetry
Flavien Falantin
Lovejoy 312
Visiting Assistant Professor of French
Areas of Expertise: 19th/20th Century French and Francophone novelists; Reader-response Criticism and Reader's Alienation; Medical Studies, Bovarysm, Mimetic Desire, Lactification; Comparative Literature, Women and Gender Studies; Françoise Sagan
Valérie M. Dionne
Lovejoy 313
(207) 859-4659
Associate Professor of French
Areas of Expertise: Early Modern French Literature & Culture; Human Rights, Law and Literature; LGBTQIA+, and Intersex rights
Bénédicte Mauguière
Diamond 109
(207) 859-4660
Professor of French
Areas of Expertise: Quebec Studies; Francophone Studies of the Americas; Diaspora & Transcultural Studies; Indian Ocean Cultures & Literatures; Women and Gender Studies; JMG Le Clézio
Thomas Muzart
Lovejoy 306
(207) 859-4405
Visiting Assistant Professor of French
Areas of Expertise: 20th-21st French and Francophone Literature; Gender and Queer Studies; Film Studies; Minority Politics and Minor Transnationalism; Postcolonial Studies; Geolinguistics; Ecofeminism.
Mouhamedoul A. Niang
(207) 859-4661
Associate Professor of French
Areas of Expertise: Francophone African Literature and Cinema; Body, Space, and Gender through Narratives of Identities; Fiction and Medicine; Onomastics; Transculturation and the African Detective Novel; African Studies, Créolité and Marronnage.
Adrianna Paliyenko
Lovejoy 312
(207) 859-4656
Charles A. Dana Professor of French
Areas of Expertise: 19th- and 20th-century French poetry, including Women’s Contributions; Literary History and the Poetics of Influence; Gender, Genius and Race; Theories of Creativity; Literature and Medicine; Feminism and Psychoanalysis; 19th-century Francophone Studies
Gianluca Rizzo
Lovejoy 310
(207) 859-4655
Paganucci Associate Professor of Italian
Areas of Expertise: Renaissance and Contemporary Italian Literature (especially poetry); Dante; Late Medieval and Early Modern Culture; Macaronic Literature; poesia comico-realista; the Historical Avant-garde and the Neo-avant-garde; Theater, Aesthetics and Semiotics; Translation
Francesca Nardi
Lovejoy 354
Teaching Assistant – Italian
Master's Thesis: I obtained my Master's Degree in Italian Studies in March 2020 from Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna. In my final project, I presented an interpretation of some Italian contemporary texts, both novels and poetry, from the perspective of Environmental Humanities. The core of my analysis was the questioning of the mutual shaping process that links space and society. How do writers turn into words the entanglements between temporality and spatiality? Why is telling stories so crucial in our day?
Stéphane Veniant
Lovejoy 354
Teaching Assistant – French
Master's Thesis: English Language, Literature, and Civilization degree: I've graduated from the University of Burgundy in Dijon this year, and I'm now at Colby to get my first teaching experience. I plan on doing a Master's of education in France to teach English in middle schools/high schools.
Vivian L. Wood
Administrative Assistant