Faculty Research

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The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures prides itself in having a group of teacher/scholars with strong research profiles and publication records, some of them with international reputations.  Faculty also work in interdisciplinary areas such as Latin American Studies Program, Honors, Cultural Studies, Global Studies, Humanities, History, Sociology, Political Science, Cognitive Science, English and Peace and Justice, among others.

Faculty Publications

 

Recent Publications:

Luca Cottini, Ph.D

The book deals with the unfinished collection of autobiographical short stories by Italo Calvino, originally titled Passaggi obbligati [Obliged Passages] and published posthumously as La strada di San Giovanni [The Road of San Giovanni]. This monograph reconsiders this marginal autobiographical collection (which has seen little critical attention since its publication in 1990) both as a unique case and an essential piece in the narrative work of Calvino, one of Italy’s most renowned writers after World War II. The five stories in the collection illuminate multifarious aspects of contemporary Italian life in the post-WWII years, and at the same time assemble an experimental autobiography, combining memory, fiction, and the search for identity. This critical study reconstructs the original structure of Passaggi obbligati, and documents the conceptual unity of the collection. At the same time, this work also highlights the extraordinary novelty of Calvino’s project, as, through his stories, the author attempted to develop not only a new method of autobiographical writing, identified in the hybrid form of the “exercises of memory” (in between witness and self-criticism), but also a paradoxical autobiography, written as a symmetrical narration of both a present and an absent self.

Raúl Diego Rivera Hernández, Ph.D., Ed.:

Del Internet a las calles: #YoSoy132, una opción alternativa de hacer política (August, 2016), Editorial A Contracorriente, an academic press at North Carolina State University. 

The book includes 12 essays from scholars in the United States, Mexico, and Spain. It centers on the connections between traditional activism and cyberactivism from a multidisciplinary perspective exploring alternative strategies for political action in Web 2.0 and in the streets, enacted by #YoSoy132,  a student movement that emerged in Mexico in the context of the presidential campaign of 2012. 

Full List of Faculty Publications

--Dr. Adriano Duque

  • “The Kissing of the Hand: Body and Ritual in Spanish Epics.” In Heroes and Anti-Heroes: A Celebration of the Cid. Ed. Anthony Cardenas, New York: Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies, 2013. 53-66

--Dr. Mercedes Juliá

  • “Juegos seductores en los relatos ´reales´ de Javier Cercas".  La novela histórica española contemporánea: Novedades y transformaciones (del 98 al nuevo milenio). Carmen García de la Rasilla, Editor. Valladolid: Verdelis, December 2015. Pp. 57-76. 

--Prof. Francois Massonnat

  • “Policier” Directory of World Cinema: France. Eds. Charlie Michael and Tim Palmer. Bristol and Wilmington: Intellect Ltd, 2013. 206-215.

--Dr. Carmen Peraita

  • “El acomodo de laberintos visuales, jeroglíficos, estampas, y otras cuestiones tipográficas: imprimir crónicas celebrativas en la Valencia del siglo XVII”.Pruebas de Imprenta, Gabriel Sánchez-Espinosa, ed, IberoAmericana-Verwuert, Madrid, 2013, pp. 41-63.
  • “‘Como una casa portátil’: cultura del tapado y políticas del anonimato en el espacio urbano del siglo XVII”. Vestir a la españolaPrestigio y vigencia del atuendo español en las cortes europeas (siglos XVI y XVII), J.L. Colomer y A. Descalzo, eds, Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, Madrid,  2014.  Forthcoming.

--Dr. Mercedes Juliá

  • "Julio Jensen: The Poetry of Juan Ramón Jiménez: An Example of Modern Subjectivity. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, University of Copenhagen, 2012. 211 Pages. Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Vol. 128, No. 2, (Hispanic Issue) pp. 465-467. University of Glasgow, March 2013.             

 

--Dr. Etienne Achille

  • “À l’approche des cent ans de Banania, le retour du tirailleur.” Contemporary French Civilization 38.2, Summer 2013.
  • “Des arabes, j’en suis sûre!”: rompre le silence dans Entendez-vous dans les montagnes… de Maïssa Bey.”French Forum 38.1-2, Fall 2013.
  • “Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis de Louis-Philippe Dalembert: De Romain Gary à Haïti ou l’introduction de la pensée haïtienne dans le débat postcolonial français.” Nouvelles Études Francophones 28.1, Spring 2014. Forthcoming.

--Dr. Luca Cottini

  • Presente! The Latent Memory of Italy’s Great War in its Photographic Portraits.” in Minghelli, Giuliana, and Sally Hill edts. Stillness in Motion: Italy, Photography and the Meanings of Modernity. University of Toronto Press.  Forthcoming.

 

--Dr. Mercedes Julia

  • Mercedes Juliá. "Ecos de Platero en la obra de Rosa Chacel."  Cien años de Platero y yo: 1914-2017. Soledad González Ródenas y Eloy González, Eds. Publicaciones de la Universidad de Huelva, March 2017. pp. 291-311. 
  • “Rosa Chacel y su exilio”. El exilio republicano y el hispanismo en Estados Unidos. Cuadernos de ALDEEU, Vol. 30 (Primavera, 2016): 73-96.

 

--Dr. Mikel Lorenzo

  • "La representación de las clases populares en las Historietas Nacionales de Pedro Antonio de Alarcón", Anales Galdosianos 50 (2015): 27-45.
  • “El fuerismo victoriano: el caso de Vicente Arana.” Revista de cultura e investigación vasca Sancho El Sabio 35 (2012): 85-108.
  •  “Paisaje e identidad vasca en cuatro autores.” Revista de cultura e investigación vasca Sancho El Sabio 37 (2014): 75-102
  • "Las fuentes regionalistas de la Castilla noventayochista", Forthcoming in Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea, Spring 2017
  • ''La construcción de la nación asimétrica en los libros de viaje y cuadros de costumbre regionalistas", Revista Siglo Diecinueve 23, Spring 2017. 
  • "Lactancia y simbolismo de la leche materna en la obra de Pilar Sinués", Forthcoming in Monográfico de la Revista Siglo Diecinueve "Literatura y medicina'', Spring 2018. 

-Dr. Kristen M. Turpin

“Lessons Abroad: Cosmopolitanism in El Periquillo Sarniento.” Forthcoming in Hispanófila, Spring 2017.

 

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