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Department of Modern Languages

Dr. Melinda Cro


 Assistant Professor of French
French Language Program Coordinator (Levels I through IV)

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(785) 532-1925

Dr. Cro specializes in Early Modern French and Italian Literature, Romance Languages Pastoral Literature, Theater and Cinema, Pedagogy. Her primary teaching responsibilities are Coordination of all French I-IV courses, teaching of all levels of French, including grammar and composition, commercial French, and graduate seminars in specialization.


Ph.D., Romance Languages: French and Italian, The University of Georgia, Athens (December 2010). Dissertation: “The Shepherd‟s Song: Metaliteracy & Theatricality in French & Italian Pastoral.” Dissertation Director: Francis Assaf. Committee Members: Steven Grossvogel, Catherine M. Jones.

M.A., Romance Languages: French and Italian, The University of Georgia, Athens (May 2006). Thesis: “„A viso scoperto‟/Unmasked Faces: A Comparative Study of the Mandragola and the Venexiana.” Thesis Director: Thomas E. Peterson. Committee Members: Steven Grossvogel, Concettina Pizzuti.


Dr. Cro's research and teaching interests lie in Early Modern French and Italian literatures with an emphasis in Romance Languages pastoral literature; theater; comparative analysis; metafiction and metatheater; language pedagogy and technology; and French and Italian Cinema.Her recent article,  “Ekphrasis and the Feminine in Sannazaro’s Arcadia,” is forthcoming from Romance Notes, and her book, Arms and Letters: The Conquest of Italy, a comparative analysis of the influence of Italian literature on French and Spanish authors during the time of the wars of Italy, has been translated into Spanish and is forthcoming from the Fundacíon Universitaria Española. She is currently working on several other articles and has presented her research at a number of conferences. Most recently, she had the opportunity to chair a session on Petrarch and present on the use of pastoral disguise in Boccaccio, Sannazaro, and Tasso at SAMLA in November 2011. Dr. Cro loves teaching all levels of French language and is particularly interested in the challenge of learner anxiety in introductory and intermediate second language acquisition courses and how environment might affect that anxiety.