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Department of French & Italian

Welcome to French and Italian!


A message to our students:

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After a year honing new teaching techniques and modalities remotely, we are thrilled to welcome you back in person to our highly acclaimed courses!  There, as you gain familiarity with the French or Italian language, you will discover worlds new and old, encounter novel ideas, and journey through an exceptionally diverse social and cultural landscape rich in literature, media, visual and performing arts, fashion and design, gastronomy, social and political thought, and economic vitality. All of our classes are highly interactive, and the pandemic has only further solidified the renowned teaching effectiveness of our faculty by challenging us to incorporate new technologies and media into our pedagogy, and stay connected to our students in new ways. Whether you are a beginner taking Italian or French for the first time, or a more experienced student interested in our advanced language, film, or literature courses, we are prepared to enthrall you and to enhance your Northwestern experience with superlative instruction, unforgettable content, and incomparable opportunities to build relationships with professors and fellow students alike. Be sure to explore our website for info on our faculty and current courses and check out our videos, below, on French and Italian study at Northwestern!

Video: Study French!

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Faculty Hiring

The Department of French and Italian is currently hiring for two positions, an Assistant Professor of Instruction in French and an Assistant Professor of French 19th Century Literature and Culture.

More information about both positions can be found here.



6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Evanston

Join us in the Library Forum Room on Thursday, October 6 at 6:00pm for a screening of Jean-Luc Goddard's ALPHAVILLE: une étrange aventu...

Tavola Italiana: Il linguaggio giovanile

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston

Join us for the first Tavola Italiana of fall quarter, on the topic of il linguaggio gionvanile: how young Italians speak today. 

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2020-2021 Newsletter!

The Department of French and Italian's annual newsletter has been released! We invite you to peruse its pages to learn about our many successes during the year of COVID, when we were entirely remote.

Domietta Torlasco publishes her third book!

The Rhythm of Images: Cinema Beyond Measure was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2021

Alessia Ricciardi publishes her third book!

Finding Ferrante: Authorship and the Politics of World Literature is out now from Columbia University Press

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