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

Fladenmuller_cpi_cb_PaulsonDD.qxd 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, introverted, and inverted exploration of love, resolved through experience and progress that bends back on itself in a ring composition.
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.


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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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.

November 3, 2014. Fall of the Berlin Wall

ECU German students together with students from Construction Management erected an effigy of the Berlin Wall and then tore it down later in remembrance of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Their purpose was to teach the history of the Cold War and how it affected Germany, as well as how events in Germany affected the United States.

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