Category Archives: News by Language

New Book by Prof. Fladenmuller: Proust ou l’écriture inversive

Fladenmuller Proust ou l'écriture inversive Frédéric Fladenmuller has published his fifth monograph on Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu, In Search of Lost Time. In this work, Prof. Fladenmuller explores the complex “inversive” mode of Proust’s narration, simultaneously inverted / uncutting the self, and reversing / coming back round on the self, which suits Proust’s intellectual, introspective, and inverted exploration of love, resolved through experience and progress that bends back on itself in a ring transformed by time.
Prof. Fladenmuller is also author of a previous study on Proust’s masterwork, Télescopie. La science du genre d’ À la recherche du temps perdu. Prof. Fladenmuller’s other studies have included two works on the modern novel, La voix neutre du chaos: étude sur la complexité de textes modernes and Caractérisation et les modes de la narration dans le roman moderne. Théorie de caractérologie narratologique. All were published by Peter Lang.
Last year, on the 100th anniversary of the publication of “Swann’s Way,” part I of À la recherche, Prof. Fladenmuller was invited to contribute a submission to a special edition of Bulletin Marcel Proust. He was also awarded the Palmes Academiques in recognition of his cumulative contributions to the promotion of French culture.

Linguistics discovery of common ancestor tongue


Linguists have traced the roots of English, Hindi, Greek and all Indo-European languages to a common ancestor tongue first spoken on the Russian steppes as much as 6,500 years ago.

New research from the University of California-Berkeley emerged after linguists analyzed reconstructed vocabulary, including words such as “I am,” “bear,” and “wood” from more than 150 living and dead languages, as well as archaeological data.

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April 9, 2015. Lecture: Dr. Morgan Koerner (College of Charleston) on “Ludic Hauntings: Post-dramatic Theater Aesthetics and Vergangenheitsbewältigung in Elfriede Jelinek’s ‘Rechnitz’ (The Exterminating Angel)” 3-4pm.

Rechnitz is an internationally acclaimed play by Austrian Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinek. It responds to the recent uncovering of the orgiastic massacre of 180 Hungarian Jews during a party thrown by Countess Thyssen Batthyany at Rechnitz Castle in Austria in March 1945.

The play is a modern “text for speaking” written for performer/messengers who mix up the story with language play and haunting stage imagery; in this way they release the undercurrents of this provocative subject, leaving us with a more uncompromising vision than a straight retelling of events.

Rechnitz

Rechnitz

ECU students serving as Cultural Ambassors, teaching English in Spain

For many years, ECU Hispanic Studies majors have been selected as Cultural Ambassadors to teach English in Spain. In 2014-15, Robert Colson and Mario Becerra are serving as language and cultural assistants in Spanish schools. These cultural exchanges are transformative experiences, often leading our majors to pursue graduate education in country.

2013-2014
Cassidy Ann Cloninger: Úbeda (Jaén)
Erika Nassar: very close to Granada, capital

2014-15
Robert Colson: El Palmar de Troya (Sevilla)
Mario Becerra: Mallorca, applying for MA programs in Spain
Erika Nassar: very close to Granada, capital, accepted into an MA program in Spain

Students often pursue opportunities like this for a gap year between undergraduate and graduate school. They receive a work visa (apply from the Consulate in D.C), medical insurance, and a monthly stipend of ca. $1,000. The work commitment is approximately 12-16 hours per week.

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Katherine Ford Selected as Honors Faculty Fellow for 2014-15

Katie FordDr. Katherine Ford, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, has been selected as an Honors Faculty Fellow for 2014-15. Honors Faculty Fellows teach honors seminars, leadership, service and research colloquia, and capstone courses for upper division honors students. They also perform advising for scholarship and fellowship recipients. Dr. Ford is author of a monograph on Politics and Violence in Cuban and Argentine Theater (Palgrave McMillan 2010), as well as numerous articles on Hispanic drama.

January 21, 2015 News and Study Abroad Deadlines

Dear friends of ECU’s program in German,

A new semester is upon us and in full swing; with that in mind, our weekly email (in digest form) has resumed. I’ll generally send out the email every Sunday with a listing of upcoming events and opportunities related to German Studies at ECU. (Ausnahmsweise bekommen Sie diese E-mail erst heute.)

Several film showings are listed below; more are on the way, as is a schedule of German Club meetings and events.
Students, if you have ideas for activities or films you would like to help plan, please contact me (Prof. Smith) or another faculty member in German. Our programs exist for and because of you!
Herzliche Grüße
David Smith, Associate Professor of German (smithdav@ecu.edu).
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SSABerlinSTUDY ABROAD FAIR
Wednesday, 21 January, 1:00pm-3:00 p.m.
Faulkner Gallery of Joyner Library (second floor)
*This fair will feature information about ECU’s offerings, including our Study in Berlin program (please see attachment).

APPLICATION DEADLINE–Study in Berlin!
30/31 January
The application deadline for the Summer Study Abroad program in Berlin is Jan. 30th, with the $300 deposit due on Jan. 31st.
Don’t let questions about course credits or possible funding deter you from applying. Contact Prof. Jones (jonessu@ecu.edu) today to discuss options!
»» Application Link

FILM SCREENINGS (preliminary list)

1. Montag, 2. Februar um 17. 30 Uhr: Das Leben der Anderen (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)

2. Donnerstag, 12. Februar um 18 Uhr: Der Untergang (Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2004)

3. Mittwoch, 1. April um 17.30 Uhr: Alles auf Zucker (Dani Levy, 2004)