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Department of Romance Studies

Last updated: August 22, 2011 at 10:58 a.m.


Course offerings of the Department of Romance Studies (ROMS) examine the languages, literatures, and cultures of countries and people who speak Spanish, French, and Italian with the aim of developing students' cultural and linguistic proficiency. Students will advance their knowledge of and respect for diverse traditions and become responsible and well-informed global citizens. Our faculty is particularly diverse and we pride ourselves in working closely with students. We contribute to numerous interdisciplinary programs, including Medieval and Renaissance Studies, History of Ideas, European Cultural Studies, Film and Visual Media Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Religious Studies, Education Studies, International and Global Studies, Cultural Production, Theater Arts, Comparative Literature, and African and African-American Studies.


Michael Randall, Chair

French and Francophone Studies

Béatrice de Gasquet, Florence Lévy Kay Fellow in Culture and Politics in the Francophone World
Ethnicity, religion and politics in contemporary France. Gender and Judaism. Feminist theory.

Jessica Eichelburg
French language and language pedagogy. Seventeenth-century French literature and theater. Comparative Literature: French and Classics. Women and gender studies.

Jane Hale, Undergraduate Advising Head for French and Francophone Studies
French, education, and comparative literature. Contemporary French fiction and drama. Beckett, Queneau. Literature and painting. Francophone literatures and cultures of Africa and Haiti. Comparative literature. Cross-cultural literacies.

Hollie Harder, Director of Language Programs
French language and culture. Language pedagogy. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature. Women's studies.

Edward Kaplan
French romanticism. Modern French poetry and theory. Baudelaire. Jabès. Bonnefoy. Religion and literature. Comparative literature. Translation.

Michael Randall, Chair of the Department of Romance Studies
Late medieval and Renaissance poetry, prose, and philosophy. Comparative literature. Modern politics and literature in Francophone world.

Esther Ratner
French language and culture. Comparative literature.

Catherine Theobald
Early modern French literature and culture. Word and image studies. Portraiture. Early modern prose forms: maxims, portraits, novels. Book illustration. Collecting practices.

Martine Voiret
French language and culture.

Hispanic Studies

Jerónimo Arellano
Colonial and postcolonial studies. Latin American visual arts and media.

Jorge Arteta
Spanish language.

Mary Nasielskier de Burstin
Spanish language.

Dian Fox, Undergraduate Advising Head for Hispanic Studies
Spanish medieval and early modern drama, poetry, and prose. Cervantes. Women's and gender studies.

Elena González Ros
Spanish language and language pedagogy.

Scott Gravina
Spanish language.

James Mandrell
Modern and contemporary Hispanic literature. Comparative literature. Women's, gender, and sexuality studies. Film. 

Raysa Mederos
Spanish language.

Lucía Reyes de Deu
Latin American Studies. Nineteenth Century Argentine literature. Women's and Gender Studies. Spanish language and language pedagogy.

Fernando Rosenberg
Latin American and Latino studies. Comparative literature. Latin American Film.

Italian Studies

Richard Lansing
Dante. Italian medieval and Renaissance literature. Modern Italian literature. Comparative literature.

Paola Servino, Chair and Undergraduate Advising Head for the Interdepartmental Program in Italian Studies
Italian language and culture.

Affiliated Faculty (contributing to the curriculum, advising and administration of the department or program)
Mark Hulliung (History)
Paul Jankowski (History)
Susan Lanser (English)
Nancy Scott (Fine Arts)


For course offerings and requirements for the major and minor, refer to the sections found elsewhere in this Bulletin for European Cultural Studies, French and Francophone Studies, Italian Studies, and Hispanic Studies. 

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