While attending Shippensburg State College, Irene Gnarra realized that the best way to learn a foreign language is to study it in a country where it is the native language. She was able to study French at Laval University in Quebec, Canada, and transfer her credits toward a bachelor's degree in French. After graduating in 1960, she studied French literature at the University of Paris, and while working on graduate degrees, she studied Italian at the University in Perugia, Italy.
She earned three degrees from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey: MA in French language and literature; MA and PhD in comparative literature. In addition to her studies in literature, Irene enjoyed studies in translation, and she did freelance work as an interpreter and translator for several businesses and the United Nations while teaching at the university level. She spent the last 41 years of her career teaching at Kean University in Union, NJ.
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