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Romance Studies

Field Description

The Field of Romance Studies includes faculty members from the Departments of Romance Studies, Comparative Literature, English, History, Linguistics, and Modern Languages, and from the Africana Studies and Research Center. It offers interdisciplinary programs in Romance languages, and literatures.

Students in Romance Studies select a major in an area of literature (French, Italian, or Spanish literature) and choose a minor in one or two other areas from any field.

French, Hispanic, or Italian literature. The field offers a full complement of courses in French, Hispanic,or Italian literatures. It seeks to incorporate current, speculative, theoretical views of literature, often reflected in the review Diacritics, which since 1971 has been edited and published by faculty members and students in the Field of Romance Studies.

Students choose one national literature as their major concentration. They are expected to acquire a working knowledge of the general history of that literature, to become conversant with the social and intellectual history, and to speak and write their major language fluently. They are trained in bibliographical, linguistic, and analytical skills basic to teaching and research in the interpretation of literature.

Students are encouraged to study foreign languages other than the language of the major concentration, but such study is not required unless special linguistic competence is necessary for the student's research. Such need is determined by the student's Special Committee.

Students with a major in French, Hispanic, or Italian literature usually teach at least one year of literature and one year of language as part of their professional training; numerous teaching assistantships are available. A summer course in language teaching allows beginning assistants to observe and participate in classroom teaching and to attend lectures and discussion on theory and practice. An orientation program on the teaching of literature is held shortly before the semester begins.

Research and study opportunities:
Students are encouraged to spend a term or year abroad to improve their language skills or advance their research. Opportunities include assistantships and study opportunities at various universities abroad. Small subsidies are provided for some students to study abroad.

Cornell's excellent research library has renowned collections of books pertaining to Dante, Petrarch, and the French Revolution. The field also benefits from the interdisciplinary Medieval Studies Program, the Renaissance colloquium, the Society for the Humanities, the Women's Studies Program, and the Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large program. Cornell also has national resource centers in Latin American studies and in Western Societies.




Contact Information

Website: http://romancestudies.cornell.edu/graduate/
Email: romance_studies@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-4264

K161 Klarman Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Romance Studies

  • French literature
  • French studies
  • Hispanic literature
  • Hispanic studies
  • Italian literature
  • Italian studies

Faculty

Gerard L. Aching - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French literature; French studies; Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies Research Interests: Caribbean literature
Elbern H. Alkire III - (Ithaca) - (Minor Member)
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French literature; French studies; Italian literature; Italian studies Research Interests: French linguistics; Romance linguistics; Italian linguistics and dialectology; social and situational variation; semiotics; translation studies
Kevin D. Attell - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Romance Studies: Italian literature; Italian studies
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French literature; French studies Research Interests: eighteenth-century French literature and philosophy; modern poetry; feminist and psychoanalytic criticism; cultural politics of the Maghreb
Ross Brann - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Romance Studies: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies Research Interests: Hispanic literature
Concentrations: Romance Studies: Italian literature; Italian studies Research Interests: modern Italian literature and culture; poststructuralist theory
Concentrations: Romance Studies: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies Research Interests: modern Hispanic literature; comparative literature; literary theory; women's studies
Concentrations: Romance Studies: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies Research Interests: modern spanish literature & literary theory, gender studies, feminist criticism, history of medicine
Abigail C Cohn - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French studies Research Interests: French linguistics; phonology; phonetics
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French literature; French studies Research Interests: literary theory; nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature
Laurent Dubreuil - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French literature; French studies Research Interests: 19th and 20th century French literature; post-colonial theories and francophone literatures; French and American comics and cinema; interdisciplinary practices
Pedro Erber - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Romance Studies: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies Research Interests: Brazilian intellectual history, literature, and visual culture; theories and histories of modernism and the avant-garde; art and politics; critical theory and political thought
Concentrations: Romance Studies: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies Research Interests: Renaissance and Baroque Spanish literature; Colonial Spanish American literature; psychoanalytic and feminist theory
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French literature; French studies Research Interests: Baroque and classical literature; modern (psychoanalytic) critical theory
Cary S. Howie - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French literature; French studies; Italian literature; Italian studies Research Interests: French literature studies; Italian literature studies
Concentrations: Romance Studies: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies Research Interests: peninsular Spanish literature
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French literature; French studies; Italian literature; Italian studies Research Interests: Italian and French Renaissance literature
Richard Jay Klein - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French literature; French studies Research Interests: nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature; literary criticism
Concentrations: Romance Studies: Italian literature; Italian studies Research Interests: Italian literature
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French literature; French studies Research Interests: French Renaissance literature; French baroque literature; cultural studies
Philip A. Lorenz - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Romance Studies: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies
Shawn McDaniel - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Romance Studies: Hispanic literature Research Interests: hispanic caribbean; latin american and diasporic literature and culture
Thomas McEnaney - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Romance Studies: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies
Tracy K McNulty - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French literature; French studies Research Interests: twentieth-century French literature and theory; psychoanalysis; Jewish studies
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French literature; French studies Research Interests: twentieth-century literature and colonialism; Francophone literature, especially Antillean
Marilyn Migiel - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Romance Studies: Italian literature; Italian studies Research Interests: Italian literature, especially medieval and early modern; feminist criticism
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French literature; French studies; Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies Research Interests: modern and contemporary poetry of Europe and the Americas; postcolonial Caribbean; critical theory, literary history, philosophy of language, political theory; media studies, genre theory, cross-genre writing, writing and disciplinarity
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French literature; French studies Research Interests: seventeenth-century French literature; film; art and theater; poststructuralism
Concentrations: Romance Studies: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies Research Interests: Andean literature and culture; media studies; modern and contemporary Latin American literature
Simone Pinet - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Romance Studies: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies Research Interests: medieval studies; Renaissance Spanish studies
Karen E. Pinkus - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French literature; French studies; Italian literature; Italian studies Research Interests: Italian literature; cultural studies
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French studies; Hispanic studies
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French studies Research Interests: contemporary French theory: deconstruction; psychoanalysis; semiotics; French sociology; French politics and institutions; the French Right and fascism
Antione Traisnel - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French literature; French studies
Enzo Traverso - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French studies; Hispanic studies; Italian studies Research Interests: Contemporary social and cultural history; European intellectual history; Political theory
Concentrations: Romance Studies: French literature; French studies Research Interests: eighteenth-century French literature; semiotics and narratology; French and Francophone theories; practices of feminism