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The Department wishes to express its deep appreciation to Georganne Davies, our administrative assistant of many years, retiring at the end of the fall semester, whom all students name as the one person they most thank and remember when they graduate from our department. She is succeeded by Becky Foster, who comes to us from the NC Agromedicine Institute.


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The Department wishes to express its deep appreciation also to Susana Castaño-Schultz and Richard Hattendorf who retired in Spring 2008. Prof. Castaño-Schultz joined the faculty part time in 1987 and full time in 1992. During her career, she has served as advisor, coordinator of Spanish 1001-1004, and has taken a number of summer study abroad groups to Argentina. Dr. Hattendorf joined the French faculty in 1988. In his career, he has been chair of the French Curriculum Committee, and of the department's Personnel Committee. He has taught honors seminars about the tradition of love in the West in literary sources from the Gilgamesh epic to Breton's surrealist work Nadja. He published articles and book reviews in his field of aesthetics of the visual and the verbal in Pierre Reverdy and Juan Gris's Au Soleil du Plafond.


Bordeando la violencia contra las mujeres en la frontera norte de México

The Department is pleased to welcome Maria Socorro Tabuenca Córdoba as Whichard Distinguished Visiting Professor for Spring 2008. María Socorro Tabuenca has a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the State University of New York at Stony Brook; an M.A. in Spanish Literature and a B.A in Foreign Languages from the University of Texas at El Paso. She started as an associate researcher and professor at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in 1992; in 1995 she was appointed the Regional Director for the office in Ciudad Juárez; and in 1997 she was promoted to Full Researcher/Professor. She was the Dean for the North West Region of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte from 1999 to 2007 and at present she is on sabbatical. She has been teaching at the University of Texas at El Paso as a Part-Time Lecturer in the Chicano Studies Program since 1992, where she teaches multidisciplinary courses such as "La Chicana" and "The Border Image in Mexican Film", which she developed. She also teaches for the Languages and Linguistics Department a comparative course in Mexican Northern Literature and Chicana/o Literature.

She is a member of the National Researchers System (Sistema Nacional de Investigadores) since 1994. Tabuenca Córdoba is the author of Mujeres y fronteras. Una perspectiva de género (CONACULTA/ICHICULT, 1998), and co-author of Lo que el viento a Juárez. Testimonios de una ciudad que se obstina (with Ricardo Aguilar; U. Iberoamenricana/Ediciones Nimbus, 2000), Border Women. Writing from la frontera (with Debra Castillo; University of Minnesota Press, 2002). She is a co-editor of Gobernabilidad e ingobernabilidad en la region Paso del Norte (with Luis Antonio Payán; El Colef/UACJ, NMSU/Editorial Eón, 2004), and Bordeando la violencia contra las mujeres en la frontera norte de México (with Julia Monárrez Fragoso, El Colef, 2007). Profesor Tabuenca has published more than 20 articles in national and international journals and books mainly on border Mexican women writers, borders' theories, Chicano/a film and literature, border cultural production, and her recent research is on Juárez femicide and its impact on the Media. She has also published various chapters on other books in Mexico, the United States and the Netherlands. She has presented papers in Mexico, the United States, Spain, the Nederlands, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, and she has been invited as a keynote speaker in Mexico, the United States, France, the Netherlands, and Puerto Rico. Dr. Tabuenca has been a visiting professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the New Mexico State University, and as a visiting scholar at Cornell University and The University of Arizona. She has received research grants from The Hewlett Foundation, Cornell University, El Colegio de México, The National Council for Science and Technology in Mexico, the University of Arizona and el Fideicomiso para la Cultura México Estados Unidos. She has also received scholarships from the Instituto de Cultura Iberoamericana in Madrid and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has been a member of various institutional advisory boards, and also a member of academic and non-academic editorial boards. At present she is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Rio Bravo/Rio Grande Program from the Smithsonian Institution.

Centennial Alumni 1


The Friends of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, with the generous support of university administration and alumni relations, hosted a centennial celebration of our alumni on March 27. Over 80 distinguished graduates, many of them foreign language educators themselves, returned to Greenville to share in our founders day centennial, reconnect with each other and the department, and meet the faculty. The distinguished group included two of ECU's 100 Incredible Women and wonderful reminders for us all of the profound usefulness of a liberal education emphasizing languages.



Study Abroad in Argentina 2007

Prof. Susanna Castaño-Schultz took a group of students to Córdoba, Argentina in Summer 2007. The program included traditional cuisine and dancing lessons, visits to historical and cultural sites, such as the Jesuit Route, with a stay at an estancia to watch gauchos do their work and enjoy a traditional asado (barbecue). There were visits to the high sierras with a stay in an alpine cabin, mountain hiking, and an optional weekend tour of Buenos Aires. She will be taking a group again this summer.

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Six faculty members and administrators visited the University of Ferarra in Italy from February 29 to March 5. The purpose of the visit was to revive faculty and student exchange programs with Ferarra, ECU's oldest international partner (the first agreement of cooperation with Ferarra was signed in 1986). The delegation included Tom Allen (Communication), Bob Christian (Biology), Steve Culver (Geology), Bob Edwards (Sociology), Charles Fantazzi (Foreign Languages), and Deirdre Mageean (Research and Graduate Studies).


Greg Evans, the Daily Reflector, October 29, 2007

Jill Twark, Director of the Friends of Greenville Greenways (FROGGS), addresses a forum at the old bridge on the Greenville Town Common gathered to hear the candidates' views on Greenville Greenways.


Michael Schinasi is offering the first lower level of Spanish 1001 as a DE class for students off campus. The class aims at being a true communicative class using VOIP. Right now it has students from Dunn, Charlotte, Wilson, Elkin, Greenville, and as far away as St. Vincent Island in the Caribbean. We intend to offer Spanish 1002 DE in the Spring.


Howard Grabois joins the faculty as Coordinator of Spanish. Howard brings to the dept. a wide experience in the study of second language acquisition and his passion, service learning.




Nuevos casos, nuevas artes

Javier Lorenzo
Nuevos casos, nuevas artes, (Peter Lang 2007).
Intertextualidad, autorrepresentación e ideología en la obra de Juan Boscán. Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures, vol. 158.
This book is a study of the work of the Renaissance poet Juan Boscán in relation to the emerging discourses of courtliness, self-representation, imitation, and empire that shaped early modern Spanish culture, and challenges the oversimplified image of Boscán as an irrelevant poet that has prevailed in academic circles on both sides of the Atlantic.

Humor, Satire and Identity

Jill Twark
Humor, Satire, and Identity
Eastern German Literature in the 1990s
(Walter de Gruyter 2007).
This is the first book in English to survey the Eastern German literary trend of employing humor and satire to come to terms with experiences in the German Democratic Republic and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. As sophisticated attempts to make sense of socialism's failure and a difficult unification process, these contemporary texts help define Germany today from a specific, Eastern German perspective. Grounded in politics and history, ten humorous and satirical novels are analyzed for their literary aesthetics and language, cultural critiques, and socio-political insights.



Charles Fantazzi

Charles Fantazzi
was awarded an NEH summer stipend to work on his edition, translation, and commentary of The Poems of Michele Marullo for the I Tatti Renaissance Library series from Harvard University Press. Marullo Tarcaniota was a late 15th century Italian poet whose works include four books of epigrams, four books of Hymni naturales with naturalistic and astrological themes modeled on Lucretius, and the fragmentary De principum institutione.

Javier Rivas

Paul Fallon
won the College Research Award for Spring 2008 to work on his book analyzing "Time on the Line: Negotiations of Community, Subjectivity, Nation, and Agency in Northern Mexican Border Narratives". Current theoretical work on cultures of the Mexican-American border treats the borderlands as a spatial abstraction. Yet northern Mexican border writers are concerned with concrete realities and show a temporal sensitivity in their narrative. This study analyzes how works by regional authors generate distinct reckonings of time in describing border experiences. In relating the times of history, memory, consumption, and the body, these narratives contest dominant gender roles and a centralized State; they also question the timing of national literature in a transnational context.

David Smith

David Smith
has been awarded a Faculty Research Visit Grant by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) to visit archives in Leipzig and Erfurt. Smith will analyze the degree to which commemorations of Gutenberg's printing press in 1740 Saxony privilege German speakers over the citizenry of Spain, France and England, each of whom possessed colonies and a recognized standardized language when Germans did not.