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  • February 02, 2007 - Lecture by Anjali Prabhu
    , 2007/02/12 11:10:09

    A lecture by Professor Anjali Prabhu will take place Friday, February 2, 2007 in the Breedlove Room of Perkins Library. The lecture, entitled "Hybridity: Limits, Transformations, Prospects" will begin at 5:00 pm and a reception will follow.

    This event is sponsored by: The Department of Romance Studies Lectures Committee and Duke in France.  For more information, please contact

    Anjali Prabhu specializes in Francophone studies and theoretical issues in literature, culture, and postcolonial studies. Her first book, entitled, Hybridity: Limits, Transformations, Prospects, is forthcoming in the SUNY series in Postcolonial Thought (March 2007). The book includes account of the creole islands of Mauritius and La Réunion (Indian Ocean). It also includes discussion of postcolonial theory and thinkers such as Frantz Fanon and Edouard Glissant. Her published work includes articles and essays on theory and on the literature and culture of North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and the Indian Ocean. Recently accepted peer-reviewed articles on Frantz Fanon and Edouard Glissant are to appear in Research in African Literatures and Diacritics, respectively. Anjali Prabhu is currently working on a book project on African cinema and will be on leave in Spring 2007. In the French Department, Professor Prabhu teaches different courses in Francophone and postcolonial studies that draw upon the work described above. Other courses she offers are French Literature and Culture from the Eighteenth-Century to the Present, Advanced Studies in Language, and Intermediate French.


  • French 76 Student Film Festival
    , 2006/12/08 14:27:08

    Duke Students Win French Film Contest with "Horrible Life"

    You can access the story at



  • Lecture by Margaret Rosenthal (USC)
    , 2007/03/01 14:01:34

    On February 26, 2007 at 4:30 pm, Margaret Rosenthal (USC) will give a lecture in the Old Trinity Room, West Union Building.  The lecture is entitled "A Merchant Fashion: Venetian Clothing Customs and Commercial Markets in Cesare Vecellio's Habiti antichi et diversi (1590)"

    You may contact Professor Valeria Finucci ( for more details.


  • Romancing the Humanities: New Theories for Romance Studies
    , 2007/02/22 09:24:38

    The main goal of this series is to imagine ourselves and our work, how we both encompass but also move beyond the national languages, literatures, and cultures that have been the foundations of Departments like ours. We seek to think about our contributions to the Humanities at large, as well as the role and function of the Humanities in U.S. Universities today.

    The first workshop, entitled Our North is the South took place on November 10 and 11, 2006, and included Beatriz Jaguaribe (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), Ileana Rodriguez, (Ohio State University), and Javier Sanjines (University of Michigan).  This workshop focused on current issues in three different regions of South America: the Andes, Central America and Brazil. Issues addressed included research and debates on global issues from the perspective of the receiving end (e.g., South America and the Caribbean), alternative modernities, and the force and visibility of Indian nations in the Andes, particularly in Bolivia and Ecuador.

    The second workshop, entitled Latin/a/a/ America Inside/out, took place on January 19-20, 2007, and included Jose Buscaglia (University of Buffalo), Claire F. Fox (University of Iowa), and Richard Rosa (University of California at Berkeley).  In this workshop we explored the radical changes that Latino/a in the US and Indigenous people and Afro-Latins in South America are introducing in the production and circulation of knowledge. “Latin/o/a America Inside/Out” a possible metaphor to express what we have in mind, explores the signifying labor performed by categories like sex-gender, class, sexuality and race in the Americas as heard in the ubiquitous claims made nowadays regarding the inevitable cultural, social, economic, and temporal transformations we are calling the “Latinization of the United States.”

    The third workshop, entitled Caribbean Movements/Latin American Spaces, will take place on February 16-17, 2007, and will bring together Licia Fiol-Matta (Lehman College, CUNY), Agnes Lugo-Ortiz (University of Chicago), and Jose Quiroga (Emory University), all of whom are doing innovative theoretical work on culture and politics by rethinking the framework and operation of race, gender, and sexuality, and who do this work by focusing on the Caribbean. Again, the conceptual map of the Caribbean is changing as it expands to include a "Caribbean" found not only in Cuba and Puerto Rico, but also in New York, Brazil, Colombia, and beyond. Work on the movement of people, musics, visual cultures, and vernacular poetics of all kinds is revealing the contours of this Caribbean space.

    For more information, please contact


  • April 16, 2006 - Lecture by Robert Bonfil
    , 2007/02/14 09:40:15

    This will take place at 4:30 pm at 0012 Westbrook.

    More information to come, or contact Professor Valeria Finucci (


  • Romancing the Humanities Part I: New Theories for Romance Studies
    , 2006/11/20 10:39:16

    November 10 and 11, 2006, LGBT Center and 305 Languages.  Workshops by Ileana Rodriguez (Ohio State University), Javier Sanjines (University of Michigan), and Beatriz Jaguaribe (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro).

    The first workshop of this series will focus on current issues in three different regions of South America: the Andes, Central America and Brazil. Issues to be addressed will include research and debates on global issues from the perspective of the receiving end (e.g., South America and the Caribbean), alternative modernities, and the force and visibility of Indian nations in the Andes, particularly in Bolivia and Ecuador.

    Please contact Cathy Knoop at 660-3102 or for itineraries and details.


  • Lecture by Ann Jefferson
    , 2006/11/20 10:39:05

    Ann Jefferson, Fellow of New College (Oxford) and Visiting Professor (Columbia University) will be giving a lecture entitled "Baudelaire as Biographer: from Edgar Allan Poe to Les Fleurs du mal" on Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 4:30 pm in the Breedlove Room of Perkins Library.

    This event is sponsored by Duke in France, The Department of Romance Studies Lectures Committee, the Department of English, and the Program in Literature.


  • Workshop by Robert Bonfil for faculty and graduate students
    , 2007/02/14 09:40:07

    This workshop will take place on April 17, 2007 at 5:00 pm in the Breedlove Room of Perkins Library.

    More details will follow, or you may contact Professor Valeria Finucci (


  • A Lecture by Maite Zubiaurre
    , 2006/11/09 11:58:38

    Maite Zubiaurre, Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of California in Los Angeles, will be lecturing on Wednesday, October 25, at 5:15 pm in the Breedlove Room of Perkins Library.

    Professor Zubiaurre's lecture is entitled: Sicalipsis: Visual Erotica and Sexual Theory in Early Twentieth Century Spain.

    This lecture is from her current book project, _Cultures of the Erotic in Spain, 1898-1939_. In it, she explores the explosion of popular literature and cultural products having to do with sexuality in the early decades of the twentieth century, an explosion repressed by Franco, and largely unexplored until today. Her lecture will give us an overview of the erotic novelettes, postcards, popular magazines on sexology, etc., and will address questions such as: why was the intellectual elite united in their condemnation of this literature on sexuality? Why was sex seen as something foreign and imported in Spain? How did the writings of Spain's own foremost sexologist, Gregorio Marañón, compare to those of his foreign counterparts? How was Freud received in Spain? and more... Professor Zubiaurre is also the author of a fascinating poetics of space in the realist novel, _El espacio en la novela realista_ (México: UNAM, 2000), which treats novels from Europe, Spain, and Latin America.

    Any questions? Write me at


  • New novel by Romance Studies French Instructor
    , 2006/12/06 12:32:51

    Please join me and her colleagues in the French Language Program in congratulating Laura Florand on the publication of her novel Blame it on Paris, which is to appear officially Tuesday, October 3, 2006.

    Laura will be reading and signing books at the Regulator Bookshop on Oct. 16 at 7 PM, and at Barnes & Nobles (New Hope Commons) on October 26 and 7 PM.

    The French Language Program is proud to announce the release of Laura Florand's first book, Blame It on Paris, a comic account of the meeting of two cultures. Publishers' Weekly describes Blame It on Paris as "a frothy French confection," and Booklist calls it "hilarious...a fun, frothy tale for anyone who has ever conjured up a dashing handsome foreigner to sweep her off her feet."



  • Romance Studies Graduate Student Conference 2006-2007
    , 2006/10/03 10:12:39

    Our annual Romance Studies graduate student conference will be held this year on September 29th and 30th. It will be held at Rubenstein Hall 151 and 153 (Rubenstein Hall is part of the Terry Stanford School of Public Policy).

    This year's conference is entitled "Other Spaces." Participants include not only Duke students from Romance Studies, Art History, English, Political Science and Literature, but graduate students from six other universities across the country.

    If you would like more information, please contact a member of the organizing committee:

    Anne O'Neil-Henry (, Zach Erwin (, Kartina Amin ( and Beatriz Rodriguez-Balanta (


  • A lecture by Mark Poster
    , 2006/10/03 10:12:31

    Professor Mark Poster, Professor of Film & Media Studies, Comparative Literature, and History and Member of the Critical Theory Institute at The University of California, Irvine, will give a lecture on Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 5:00pm in 153 Rubenstein Hall, Sanford Institute. Refreshments will precede lecture at 4:30 pm.

    The title of the lecture is "Care of the Self in the Hyperreal" and will focus on TV reality shows and cosmetic surgery as informed by the work of Foucault and Baudrillard.

    During the last fifteen years he has become known as a national and international pioneer and specialist in the study of new media. Among his twelve books are Existential Marxism in Postwar France, Critical Theory and Poststructuralism, The Second Media Age, What’s the Matter with the Internet, and his new book “Information, Please”: Culture and Politics in the Age of Digital Machines (Duke University Press).

    Please contact with any questions.


  • A Lecture by Elizabeth Wright
    , 2006/11/09 11:58:49

    Elizabeth Wright, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Georgia, a specialist in Early Modern Spanish epic and drama (including early translations to Nahuatl) will lecture on "Erudition as Manumission: Juan Latino's Epic of Freedom" on November 6, 2006 at 1:00 PM. The lecture will take place in 305 Languages Building.

    A box lunch will be served.  Contact Cathy Knoop for more details at 660-3102 or



  • Congratulations Professor Mignolo!!
    , 2006/11/20 10:41:00

    Professor Walter Mignolo's book The Idea of Latin America has been named the winner of the 2006 Frantz Fanon Prize for Outstanding Work in or on the Caribbean Thought in the English Language, awarded by the Caribbean Philosophical Association.

    For more information about this award and Professor Mignolo's book, please click here


  • Congratulations Professor Linda Orr!!!
    , 2006/11/20 10:40:51

    Professor Linda Orr is one of 3 recipients of the 2006 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring. Professor Orr will be receive a plaque and a $2000 prize at an invite-only reception on April 24, 2006. A public reception will be held in the Fall. To read more about this honor, please click here.  Congratulations again Professor Orr!!


  • Congratulations Class of 2006!!!
    , 2006/11/20 10:40:43

    We are very proud of our 2006 Romance Studies graduates! Click the link to view Romance Studies graduation pictures

    Professor Paol Keineg with Dr. Stephanie Lin, Dr. Mariana Past, and Dr. Julie Singer

    For more graduation pictures click here


  • Lecture by Professor Silvana Patriarca
    , 2006/04/27 13:59:32

    Professor Silvana Patriarca will be giving a lecture entitled "Effeminate Italians and Manly Patriots: Rethinking Italian Nationalism" on Thursday, April 6, 2006 at 5:00pm in 326 Allen.

    Silvana Patriarca teaches modern European history at Fordham University and is currently a fellow at the National Humanities Center. She is the author of the award-winning book Numbers and Nationhood: Writing Statistics in Nineteenth-Century Italy (Cambridge UP). Her talk will be based on her research for the book she is currently completing entitled Italian Vices. The Discourse of National Character from the Risorgimento to the Present.


  • Lecture by Professor Heather James
    , 2006/04/03 14:19:37

    Professor Heather James will be giving a lecture entitled "Liberty and License: Ovid in the Renaissance" on Wednesday March 29, 2006 at 5:15 pm in 201 Flowers. A reception will follow.

    Heather James is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Her research interests include the literature and culture of the English Renaissance, Latin literature, Italian Renaissance literature and Classical Imitation. She studies the literary and institutional invention of Tudor and Stuart England and is the author of Shakespeare's Troy: Drama, Politics, and the Translation of Empire (Cambridge, 1997). The current talk is drawn from a project on parrhesia (free speech) in the Renaissance.

    This event is sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies, Duke in France, and the Department of English.


  • Lecture by Dr. Jutta Eming, Fachbereich Germanistik, Free University of Berlin
    , 2006/04/03 14:22:54

    Dr. Jutta Eming will be giving a lecture on Friday, April 7, 2006 at 5:00 pm in Languages Building, Room 305, entitled "Medievalism in American Theater: On Arena Stage's Productions of 'Passion Play: A Cycle' and 'Orpheus Descending'."

    Dr. Eming received her PhD and her Habilitation from the Free University of Berlin, where she is currently a professor of medieval German literature. She is a specialist in literary theory, gender studies,and theories of performativity, including the history of emotions, with a focus on medieval literature. Dr. Eming is currently writing a book on emotions and emotionality in the religious plays of the late Middle Ages. She is a partner in the collaborative research project, "Tristan und Isolde und die Gefühlskulturen des Mittelalters" [Tristan and Isolde and the Cultures of Emotion in the Middle Ages], which is funded in part through the Transcoop program of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

    For more information, please contact the German Department at 919 660-3160. Sponsored by the Dept. of Romance Studies, Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literature, and the Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies


  • Lecture by Albert Ascoli
    , 2006/03/16 16:58:33

    Albert Ascoli, will be giving a lecture on Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at 5:00pm in 201 Flowers, entitled "What's in a Word? 'Fede' and its Doubles between Machiavelli and Luther."

    Albert Ascoli is Terrill Distringuished Professor of Italian at UC Berkeley.

    This event is sponsered by the Department of Romance Studies, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature, Department of Religion, and the Kenan Institute.


  • iTunes U Making Impact at Duke
    , 2006/10/13 15:16:34

    95 students in French 76: Advanced Intermediate French took an oral exam using two new technologies that are enhancing the academic environment at Duke and a handful of other college campuses: the 5th generation (video) iPod and iTunes U.

    This story is being covered by Duke as well as internationally by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).  Click below for both stories:



  • Congratulations Phi Beta Kappa inductees!!!!
    , 2006/05/23 14:09:49

    Please join us in congratulating our Romance Studies Students who were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa on December, 2005.

    Lara Pomerantz, Spanish and Political Science major. 

    We're proud of you!


  • Lecture by Michel Jeanneret (Université de Genève)
    , 2006/02/21 08:39:25

    Breedlove Room, Friday, January 20, 2006 at 3:30pm Rêver l’auteur: Pourquoi les biographies d’écrivain ? 

    Michel Jeanneret has written several well-known books in 16th-century studies, including: La Lettre perdue : écriture et folie dans l’oeuvre de Nerval; Eros rebelle : littérature et dissidence à l’âge classique; Le Défi des signes : Rabelais et la crise de l’interprétation à la Renaissance; Des mets et des mots : banquets et propos de table à la Renaissance


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