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Professor Rojas-Paiewonsky receives Balmuth teaching award

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on May 14, 2018

Professor Lourdes Rojas, Charles A. Dana Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Africana and Latin American Studies, has been awarded the Jerome Balmuth award for teaching. The Balmuth award, created through a gift by Mark Siegel (Colgate class of 1973), recognizes teaching that is “distinctively successful and transformative.” Professor Rojas shares the 2018 Balmuth Prize with Chris Vecsey, Harry Emerson Fosdick Professor of the Humanities and Native American Studies


Department of Romance Languages and Literatures Colloquium: Multiplicity and fragmentation in contemporary Spanish fiction

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on April 10, 2018

Assistant Professor Marta Pérez-Carbonell’s talk will explore the depiction of multiple voices and fragmented narratives in Spanish fiction while it examines the authors’ concern with identity and the role of the individual in contemporary societies.

Refreshments available 4:15-4:30 pm; Lecture begins at 4:30 pm
All invited! Please join us!


2018 Dijon Study Group visits Loire Valley

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on April 6, 2018

The Dijon Study Group visited the great Renaissance châteaux of the region, including Chambord, Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau and Amboise. Everyone had an amazing time.


José Acosta: Tales from the Dominican Diaspora

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on March 7, 2018

The Dominican poet and narrator, José Acosta, will discuss issues relevant to his situation as Dominican writer in NYC, as seen in his diverse body of stories. He will share his reflections on both the creative gestation of his narratives and the particular conflictive experience of the Dominican diaspora in NYC.

Join us in this soul-searching journey into the writer’s creative processes and his characters’ struggle for self realization. The talk will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation by Prof. Lourdes Rojas

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
4:15 Lawrence 105 The Robert Ho Lecture Room

Everyone Welcome

Sponsored by Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, Africana & Latin American Studies Program, W.M. Keck Center for Language Study


Professor Fernando Plata delivers a talk on early modern Spanish theater in Madrid and publishes two book chapters on Francisco de Quevedo.

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on January 26, 2018

On December 14, 2017, while in Madrid directing Colgate’s study group, Professor Fernando Plata delivered a talk to graduate students at the Universidad Complutense. The talk, “Saboyardos, titíes y purichinelas en las mojigangas del mundinovo (de Calderón a Zamora)” dealt with marmosets, Frenchmen, string puppets and other characters that appear in “raree-shows”, a transmedial device used for the first time in Spain in carnival plays of the second half of the 17th century. Recently Professor Plata has published two book chapters on Francisco de Quevedo (1580-1645). The chapters deal with the textual transmission of a satirical piece, La Perinola (The Teetotum), written by Quevedo in 1632, and with Quevedo’s literary connections to his contemporary Luis Vélez de Guevara.
“La transmisión textual de La Perinola de Quevedo.” In Quevedo en su contexto europeo. Política y Religión. Traducciones y textos burlescos. Ed. M. J. Alonso Veloso. Vigo: Editorial Academia del Hispanismo, 2017. 165-184.

“Sobre el elogio de Quevedo a Vélez de Guevara en La Perinola, con Pero Vázquez de Escamilla al fondo.” In Quevedo en Europa, Europa en Quevedo. Ed. M. J. Alonso Veloso. Vigo: Editorial Academia del Hispanismo, 2017. 275-289.


New published essay by Professor Frederick Luciani on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on January 26, 2018

Professor Frederick Luciani has recently published an essay in the collection Ingenio y feminidad: Nuevos enfoques sobre la estética de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, ed. Barbara Ventarola (Madrid: Iberoamericana / Frankfurt: Vervuert, 2017). The essay, “Una reconsideración de la comedia Amor es más laberinto de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz y Juan de Guevara,” offers an updated reading of a seldom studied mythological comedia of which Sor Juana (Mexico: 1651?-1695) was the primary author.


French Club Visits New Orleans

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on January 25, 2018

The French Club went to New Orleans during first weekend of Thanksgiving break. They spent the weekend exploring the French Quarter learning about the Creole and Cajun history in the Region. At the culinary workshop they attended, they learned how to prepare some traditional New Orleans meals. They ate beignets at Cafe du Monde, and watched street musicians play jazz.


Assistant Professor Monica Facchini publishes book on Italian cinema

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on December 6, 2017

In 1949, André Bazin claimed that representing death on the screen was a “metaphysical obscenity.” However, in her just released book Spettacolo della morte e “tecniche del cordoglio” nel cinema degli anni sessanta (Rome: Bulzoni, 2017) Prof. Monica Facchini claims that the representation of death in certain Italian political cinema becomes the necessary means to unveil marginal realities in modern society, investigate power relations between different social groups, and rip off the mask of feigned certainties and ostentatious happiness in the society of the spectacle.

https://www.bulzoni.it/it/catalogo/4921/spettacolo-della-morte-e-tecniche-del-cordoglio-nel-cinema-degli-anni-sessanta.html


Professor Pérez-Carbonell visits New York City with Spanish classes

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on November 7, 2017

Students from Core Spain and Short Fiction in Contemporary Spain, both taught by Professor Marta Pérez-Carbonell, explore archival materials at La Nacional, a non-profit organization that supports Spanish and Hispanic-American residents of New York City through live events, classes, art, music and more.


New Publication Co-edited by Professor John Naughton

By Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on November 2, 2017

A bi-lingual Anthology of one of the greatest French poets of the last sixty years with Introduction and Translations by John Naughton appeared on October 24th, published by Carcanet Press in England.

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