Monday, October 1, 2018 - 12:15pm
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2018 Fall Schedule
Faculty Book Presentations
Monday, October 1, 2018
12:10pm - 1:10pm
Speaker: Martin Marafioti, Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures, Pace University
Book: Storytelling as Plague Prevention in Medieval and Early Modern Italy
The monograph deals with the literary tradition of storytelling in times of epidemic illness. Giovanni Boccaccio was the first to unite thetoposof a life-threatening context with a public health disaster like the Black Death, and certainly the first author to propose storytelling as a means of prophylaxis in times of plague. The author analyzes the cornice of the Decameronin light of medieval and early modern medical theories. He also explores how the power of language is reflected throughout the Decameron, specifically analyzing instances that illustrate the positive, life-saving, fate-altering power of language, as well as stories that demonstrate the potentially harmful effects of words.
Speaker: Ying Wang, Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures, Pace University
Book: Translating George Sand into Chinese: observations and reflections
As a romantic, rebellious and prolific nineteenth-century French novelist, George Sand remains one of the most prominent women writers in literary history. Her fame and her works that transcended the borders of countries and cultural barriers have already inspired several generations of readers in China. The Chinese translation of George Sand’s most recent biography by Martine Reid (Paris, Gallimard, 2013), published in 2018, is destined to engage Chinese scholars and readers into reflections on the true literary value of the woman writer from a feminist perspective. This book translation presentation will invite its audience to explore the following questions: How are George Sand and her works are received in China? What is the importance of translating her literary biography into Chinese? How is literary translation important for communications between feminists in the East and the West?
Monday, November 5, 2018
12:10pm - 1:10pm
Speaker: Kristen di Gennaro, Professor of English, Pace University
Book: Catcalls, Grammar, and Dante’s Questione della Lingua: Studying Everyday Problems Through the Lens of Linguistics
Linguistics is the study of language, and applied linguistics is using that knowledge to address real-world problems. In this talk, I will present examples of real-world problems in which language plays a central role and to which linguistic knowledge has or can facilitate solutions. After briefly discussing Dante and the historical questione della lingua, I will then draw on my own research with colleagues and students to illustrate how we have drawn from linguistics to address a number of current research questions ranging from the similarities and differences between catcalls and compliments to the benefits (or not) of correcting students’ grammatical errors in their writing assignments. As a group, I hope we can discuss the relevance of linguistics across multiple disciplines and create new educational and research opportunities for students and faculty to explore.