Romance Studies Romance Studies
Arts & Sciences
Duke University

 HOME > Arts & Sciences > Romance Studies    Search Help Login pdf version printable version 

News in 2007 for Romance Studies   Current...  ViewAll  Archive  RSS

  • Job Opening
    , 2008/01/08 11:33:17

    Modern French Studies. Open rank. We seek a scholar whose work extends the boundaries of the literary field in one or more of the following ways: by working across geographical regions and / or linguistic boundaries, using interdisciplinary approaches; engaging with questions of empire and race, immigration and exile, or gender and sexuality. Distinguished record of publication and teaching commensurate with rank. Applications received by November 15, 2008 will be guaranteed consideration.  Junior candidates should send CV, recommendations, transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, sample teaching evaluations to: Chair, Department of Romance Studies, 205 Language Center, Box 90257, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0257. Senior candidates should send CV, the names of up to three references, transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, sample teaching evaluations to: Chair, Department of Romance Studies, 205 Language Center, Box 90257, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0257. Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  

  • October 22, 2007 - Lecture by Antonio Vitti, 10/22 at 1:15 pm
    , 2007/10/23 10:32:38

    Professor Antonio Vitti will give a lecture entitled "From Neorealism to Americanism: Cinematic Transformation and Social Change Seen through Lenses."

    Vitti has written extensively on De Santis. In English, he wrote "Giuseppe De Santis and postwar Italian cinema"; and he has recently edited a collection of interviews and commentaries on de Santis--"Giuseppe de Santis secondo se stesso".

    The event will take place on October 22, at 1:15 in room 305 of the Languages Building.

    For more information, please contact Professor Roberto Dainotto,


  • Gary Wilder discussion and lecture, 10/22 and 10/23
    , 2007/10/25 15:26:12

    A lecture by Gary Wilder, Pomona College

    Emancipating Futures Past: Aimé Césaire, Strategic Utopia, and the Political Untimely

    Tuesday, OCTOBER 23, NOON, Breedlove Room (204 Perkins)

    (Lunch will be provided)

    In his talk, Wilder will outline his reading of Negritude as a critical theory and then discuss Aimé Césaire's postwar projects for decolonization without national independence. The talk is drawn from a new book project on Negritude, decolonization, and utopia, provisionally entitled Freedom Time.


    On Monday, October 22nd, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. in 305 Languages, there will also be an informal discussion with Gary Wilder about his book The French Imperial Nation-State: Negritude and Colonial Humanism between the Two World Wars (University of Chicago Press, 2005). All students and faculty are welcome. Gary Wilder is an Associate Professor of History at Pomona College. He was recently awarded a Mellon New Directions Fellowship, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School.

    For more information contact Laurent Dubois (

    Sponsors: Romance Studies and History, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, African-American Studies, and Global Studies


  • Poetry Reading by Manuel Vilas
    , 2007/10/25 15:26:24

    On Wednesday, October 24, Manuel Vilas, one of Spain's best contemporary poets, will read poems from his book "Resurrección" (2005), a book which won the 15th annual "Jaime Gil de Biedma" International Poetry Prize, and was published by one of Spain's best poetry presses, Visor. Manuel Vilas is also the author of several other books of poetry ("El rumor de las llamas" (1990), "El mal gobierno" (1993), "Las arenas de Libia" (1998), and "El Cielo" (2000). He is also the author of a novel ("Magia", 2004), a book of literary articles, a book of short stories ("Zeta" 2002). He has edited an anthology of the latest Spanish poetry, "Los chicos están bien" (2007). His work has been translated into French, Italian, Portuguese, and German. Manuel is also an enthusiastic reader of American literature, so it will be wonderful to have him dialogue with our local group of poets.

    For those who do not know Spanish, Joaquín Bueno is preparing an English rendering of the poems Manuel will be reading. Manuel's reading, sponsored by the Duke in Madrid Program of the Department of Romance Studies, will take place in the LGBT Center, in 02 West Union Building. It will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception.

    5:45 Wine and cheese reception.

    6:15 Introduction by Marcos Canteli Reading by Manuel Vilas from "Resurrección"


  • October 03, 2007 - Lecture by Helene Merlin
    , 2007/10/08 16:44:15

    Helene Merlin, Professor of 17th Century Literature at the Universite Paris III, currently a Visiting Professor at Rutgers University, will be giving a lecture on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 at 4:25 pm as part of Professor Michele Longino's "The 17th Century & the Law of Genre" seminar.  Title TBA.

    This lecture is open to the public and is sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies and the Center for French and Francophone Studies.


  • Panel Discussion by Prof. Toril Moi
    , 2007/10/08 16:44:27

    Please join us for a panel discussion of Henrik Ibsen & the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy - by - Toril Moi, James B. Duke Professor of Literature & Romance Studies, Duke University

    Thursday, October 25, 2007 4:30 PM Rare Book Room, Perkins Library, West Campus

    Panelists: Sarah Beckwith Marcello Lotti Professor of English and Professor of Religion and Theater Studies, Duke University

    Frederic Jameson William A. Lane Professor of Comparative Literature and Romance Studies, Duke University

    Martin Puchner H. Gordon Garbedian Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

    Questions? See additional information below or e-mail

    ** Companion Screenings: 2 Film Adaptations of the Ibsen Play An Enemy of the People **

    Monday, October 22, 8 PM, Griffith Theater An Enemy of the People (En Folkefiende) (dir. Erik Skjoldbjærg, 2005, 90 min, Norway, Norwegian with English subtitles, Color, 35mm) * Presented with the Film/Digital/Video Program

    Tuesday, October 23, 8 PM, Griffith Theater Ganashatru (An Enemy of the People) (dir. Satyajit Ray, 1989, 102 min, India, Bengali with English subtitles, Color, DVD) * Presented with the Film/Digital/Video Program and the NC Center for South Asian Studies

    For more information, please visit:

    About the Featured Author & Book: Toril Moi is James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies at Duke University. Her central research and teaching interest is in feminist theory and women’s writing. She has also worked extensively in literary theory and aesthetics broadly defined, and in 19th- and 20th-century European literature. She is particularly interested in questions arising in areas where literature and philosophy overlap. Her books include Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory (1985; 2nd edition 2002), Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman (1994); and What Is a Woman? And Other Essays (1999), republished in a shorter version as Sex, Gender and the Body (2005). She is the editor of The Kristeva Reader (1986), and of French Feminist Thought (1987).

    Her most recent book, Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy, was published by Oxford University Press in September 2006. Ibsens modernisme, the Norwegian translation by Agnete Øye, was published by Pax Forlag in Oslo in May 2006. The book reconsiders the work of Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906). In spite of his unquestioned status as a classic of the stage, Ibsen is often dismissed as a boring realist, whose plays are of interest only because they remain the gateway to modern theater. Toril Moi makes a powerful case not just for Ibsen's modernity, but also for his modernism. The book situates Ibsen in his cultural context, emphasizes his position as a Norwegian in European culture, and shows how important painting and other visual arts were for his aesthetic education. The book rewrites literary history, reminding modern readers that idealism was the dominant aesthetic paradigm of the nineteenth century. Modernism was born in the ruins of idealism, Moi argues, thus challenging traditional theories of the opposition between realism and modernism. This radical new account places Ibsen in his rightful place alongside Baudelaire, Flaubert and Manet as a founder of European modernism.


  • Lecture by Professor Deb Reisinger
    , 2007/09/24 11:58:58

    Professor Deb Reisinger, Duke University, will give a lecture entitled Violence and the Media: French response to the Succo affaire.

    Friday, September 21, 2007
    4th Floor Seminar Rm, FedEx Global Education Center
    UNC Chapel Hill

    On May 15, 1986, 24 year-old Roberto Succo escaped from the Italian psychiatric hospital where he had been confined since murdering his parents five years earlier, and embarked on a crime spree that spanned Western Europe and lasted for 18 months. Succo's crimes not only instilled terror in the French public but also inspired artistic and journalistic reenactments of his life, most notably Bernard-Marie Koltès' play, Roberto Zucco, and Cedric Kahn's film of the same name.

    It is this provocative intersection of crime and art, of sensationalism and journalism, of media and politics that Reisinger will investigate in her exploration of France's complex relationship to violent crime.

    Professor Reisinger is Visiting Assistant Professor of French at Duke University and the author of Crime and Media in Contemporary France (Purdue, 2007).


  • Romance Studies Professor appears in "The Chronicle of Higher Education"
    , 2008/02/08 11:26:57

    Professor Alice Kaplan's "A Scholar's ??Paris," appears in the September 14th issue of "The Chronicle of Higher Education."

    To view this article, please stop by our office in 205 Languages or email your request for a PDF version to



  • Romance Studies Professor marks 9/11
    , 2008/02/08 11:27:03

    An article by Professor Helen Solterer (French Studies) appeared in Duke News to commemorate 9/11 (originally appeared in InsideHigherEd):

    "Teaching Free Speech in Time of War"


  • Congratulations to all of our 2007 Graduates!
    , 2007/10/08 16:45:17

    (pictures from the Romance Studies ceremony and reception will be posted soon!)  

  • New French class offered
    , 2007/05/17 15:19:21

    FRENCH 111S FOR FALL 2007

    The very first flapper girl, a pre-pop icon more daring than Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Madonna together, dancing more seductively than Shakira and J.Lo, Salomé embodies the essence of the femme fatale. Her dance of the seven veils fascinates men to such an extent that it literally makes their heads spin (and John the Baptist ends up beheaded by it!). 

    Beyond the typical representation of it in American movies, what exactly is a femme fatale?  And why did this particular feminine icon named Salomé blossom in 19th-Century ??France? The purpose of this course is to question the role and place of women in the 19th-Century French literature and culture by focusing on the myth of Salomé.

    All readings, discussions and writings will be in French ; no previous knowledge of 19th-Century literature required. Open only to Freshmen and Sophomores.

    For more information, contact Virginie Pouzet-Duzer at


  • New book by Romance Studies French Instructor !
    , 2007/05/17 15:19:37

    Congratulations to Dr. Deborah Reisinger!

    Please join us in congratulating our colleague Dr. Deborah Reisinger, Assistant Director of the French Language Program, on the publication of her first book, Crime and Media in Contemporary France.

    In the book, available from Purdue University Press, Reisinger examines contemporary French society's relationship with violence in an era of increased media dominance. The study's innovative and interdisciplinary approach integrates media, cinema, and literary studies to analyze how crime news (faits divers) functions as a site of discursive struggle.   Reisinger focuses on the sensational Paulin and Succo affairs that became mobile signifiers about crime, insecurity, and the Other in France in the 1980s.

    By situating these crime stories in a larger historical and political context, she analyzes how media and politicians use the crime story as a tool for upholding dominant ideology. Yet, rather than conclude that the crime story has become an absolute banality, as Jean Baudrillard has maintained, Reisinger shows how these crime stories attest to the public's renewed fascination with violence. Her analysis of the artistic rewritings of these stories reveal alternative, complex readings of the fait divers that effectively subvert the media's sensationalized discourse on crime. Through an analysis of the complex processes of production, reception, and re-articulation that contribute to the representation of crime, the study concludes that the fait divers is an important place of social and political resistance for readers and artists alike in contemporary France.

    Deborah Reisinger received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Twentieth-century French Literature and Cultural Studies. She has published articles on contemporary culture and the pedagogical applications of technology. Her current research examines the criminalization of popular culture. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University in North Carolina.


  • January 29, 2007 - Job talk by Ileana Rodriguez
    , 2007/02/12 11:10:01

    Ileana Rodriguez (Distinguished Professor, Ohio State University) will be giving a job talk entitled "Outside/Within Conceptual Frames and Overlapping Disciplinary Borders" on Monday, January 29, 2007 at 7:00 pm in 305 Languages.

    Please contact for more information.


  • Lecture by Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier
    , 2007/01/25 16:08:21

    Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier (Associate Professor, NYU) will be giving a lecture entitled "Circulation of sound and the changing nature of the musical "text" in Colombia" on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 1:00 pm in 329 Soc Psych.

    Lunch will be provided. If you would like more details, please contact


  • February 22, 2007 - lecture by Ryan Szpiech
    , 2007/02/28 10:28:15

    Ryan Szpiech will be giving a lecture on Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 3:00 pm entitled "Authorizing Apostasy: Polemic as Narrative in Medieval Iberia." This lecture will take place in 329 Soc Psych.

    This lecture is sponsored by Duke in Madrid. If you have questions, please contact

    Ryan Szpiech is Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Beloit College.


Duke University * Arts & Sciences * Romance Studies * Faculty * Staff * Grad * Postdoc * Reload * Login