Audrey Brunetaux
on sabbatical 2018-2019
(207) 859-4664
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
Valérie M. Dionne
Lovejoy 313
(207) 859-4659
Associate Professor of French
Areas of Expertise: Early Modern French Literature & Philosophy, Literature and Ethics; Political Conciliation
Serena Ferrando
Lovejoy 308
(207) 859-4662
Assistant Professor of Italian
Areas of Expertise: Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture; Environmental Humanities; The City in Literature; Urban Soundscapes; Digital Humanities; Italian Surrealist Novels; Graphic Novels and Short Stories; Literature and Mental Illness; Translation Theory and Practice
Alexandrine Mailhé
Visiting Assistant Professor of French
Areas of Expertise: Contemporary French Literature and Culture, Francophone Postcolonial Studies, "Banlieue" Fiction and Cinema, Critiques of Republican Universalism, Islam in contemporary France, Gender Studies
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
Anaïs Maurer
Visiting Assistant Professor of French
Areas of Expertise: Ecocriticism, Marxist Theory, Francophone Studies, Pacific Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Climate Change Literature
Mouhamedoul A. Niang
Lovejoy 306
(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
Department Chair and 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 Assistant 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
Jonathan M. Weiss
(207) 859-4667
Director of the Dijon Program
Areas of Expertise: 20th-century French Literature and Literary History; French Theater; French Civilization; Contemporary France; Literature and Culture of Québec
Michel Billard de Saint Laumer
Lovejoy 354
Teaching Assistant – French
Master's Thesis: I can say that I am working on a few short stories and novellas by American horror writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft that bear interesting similarities between themselves and are also quite different from the rest of Lovecraft's oeuvre, especially the writings that have established what is known as the Cthulhu Mythos; however I believe that they may reveal something essential about Lovecraft's entire body of works as well as the man himself.
Federica Parodi
Lovejoy 354
Teaching Assistant – Italian
Master's Dissertation: I received my master degree in Italian Studies, European Literary Cultures and Linguistics at Alma Mater Studiorum- University of Bologna in July. My thesis is entitled: «Un bisticcio, uno scambio di sillabe». Sulla metrica delle Occasioni and it is a metrical analysis of the second collection of poems by Eugenio Montale, Le occasioni, published for the first time in 1939.

Montale is able to create a tension between the preservation of traditional elements and experimentalism, continually revisiting, eluding or going against the traditional forms. I focused in particular on "long verses", of which I hypothesized a derivation from the endecasyllable; secondly, I analyzed the other meters that most frequently appear in this collection: the septenaries, the octosyllable and the nine-syllable lines.
Vivian L. Wood
Administrative Assistant