Faculty News


Congratulations to Dr. Beatrice Waggaman on the publication of her translation of the book Roux (Redheads), published in October 2014 by Lieux Dits Editions. The book features photographs by Genevieve Boutry and texts by Xavier Fauche, David Le Breton, Jean-Laurent Vonau, Joël Delaine as well as many testimonies of redheads.



The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures congratulates Dr. Seth Whidden for the publication of his new monograph, Authority in Crisis in French Literature 1850-1880, published by Ashgate, November 2014.


Drs. Achille and Abugideiri's Proposal  “France, North Africa, and Modern Violence” was approved by the Interdisciplinary Grant Program. The Faculty Review Committee reviewed the proposal based on the criteria outlined in the review form, and approved their proposed project, a new interdisciplinary, team-taught course, for funding in the amount of $11,000.


Dr. Cristina Percoco has been awarded the Lilly Teaching Conference Travel Fellowship for First Year Faculty, sponsored by VITAL!

The Lilly Teaching Conference Travel Fellowship supports full-time, first-year faculty members at Villanova University to participate in the Lilly Conference, Bethesda, focused on learning, teaching, and assessment in higher education as well as scholarly teaching. This regional teaching conference presents a distinctive professional development opportunity for junior faculty to refine their teaching skills, deepen their understanding of student learning, support their growth as teacher-scholars in the discipline, and network with faculty colleagues across East Coast institutions.The Fellowship may fund up to five awards each year. Dr. Percoco's application strongly communicated and supported her interest in enhancing her teaching skills, particularly those deepening her understanding of student learning, and supporting her growth as a teacher-scholar in the discipline, so she was granted one of the fellowships this year. Congratulations!


Congratulations to Dr. Julio Villa-García on the publication of his monograph, The Syntax of Multiple -que Sentences in Spanish: Along the Left Periphery, published by the prestigious John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2015.

John Benjamins Publishing Company was founded more than half a century ago and is especially noted for its publications in linguistics. Dr. Villa-Garcia's book is Vol. 2 of the Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics Series, whose aim is to provide a single home for the highest quality monographs and edited volumes pertaining to Hispanic and Lusophone linguistics. The editorial board is comprised of experts in all of the major subfields of linguistics. The book underwent a total of five reviews. More information can be found here



On Sunday, December 21, 2014 the Cultural Pages of Spanish Main Newspaper, El País,  published a list of the ten best Spanish books of the year 2014.  Number 5 is Días de mi vida, the first volume of Vida by Juan Ramón Jiménez, edited by Drs. Mercedes Juliá and Mª Ángeles Sanz Manzano.  To read the article in El País, click here! 


Symposium in Huelva to Celebrate the Centenary of Platero and I

Dr. Mercedes Juliá, Professor and Chair of Villanova's Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, was invited to participate in the International Symposium "One Hundred Years of Platero and I", November 24-28, 2014, at the University of Huelva, Spain.  Invited to the symposium were several Jiménez Scholars from different parts of the world.  Read more...


Dr. Mercedes Juliá, Professor and Chair of Villanova’s Romance Languages and Literatures Department, was invited to deliver a Lecture at the University of Maryland (College Park) to Celebrate the Centenary of the Publication of Platero y yo by Juan Ramón Jiménez, the second most read book in the Spanish language after D. Quixote. Dr. Juliá spoke of Platero y yo as a necessary work to learn how to live and enjoy every moment of our lives. The Lecture took place on December 4, 2014. In the picture, Dr. Graciela Palau de Nemes, fourth from left, Dr. Carmen Benito, Dr. Mercedes Juliá, and Dr. José María Naharro Calderón, together with graduate students of the University of Maryland’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese.


DR. LUCA COTTINI RECEPIENT OF THE ISSNAF (Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation) AWARD FOR THE HUMANITIES

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures would like to  congratulate DR. LUCA COTTINI for becoming the recepient of the 2014 ISSNAF AWARD FOR THE HUMANITIES, presented to the best manuscript in the discipline of the Humanities by an Italian scholar who resides in North America.  A Review Board composed of international experts in the field scored all valid applications according to the candidates curricula (titles, positions, publications, grants) and the quality of the abstract (analysis, design, methodology, discussion, significance, innovation).  The prize consists of the manuscript's publication in the best University Press in his field of studies; in this case, The University of Toronto Press. 

Luca's complex and fascinating book focuses on the emergence of industrial modernity in Italy at the turn of the 20th century. His method consists of observing this culture from the perspective of its iconic objects of mass consumption (i.e. wristwatches, bicycles, photographs, gramophones, toys, and cigarettes), as they create new social practices, and as they shape, in ads and in the arts, a new imagery of the modern.

This is indeed a great achievement and we are very proud and honored to have Luca Cottini be part of our Department.


Dr. Adriano Duque has been chosen as this year's recipient of the Villanova Outstanding Faculty Mentor Teaching Award. This Award carries a cash prize with it; it is great for Adriano and also for the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

Please join us in congratulating Adriano Duque for this much deserved award. His dedication to the undergraduate and graduate students has been justly acknowledged. Here's to you Adriano!!!


The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures would like to Congratulate Dr. Mercedes Juliá on her new book!

The first volume of Vida, Days of My Life, the unfinished autobiography by Juan Ramón Jiménez, structured, studied and with multiple notes by Drs. Mercedes Juliá and Mª Ángeles Sanz Manzano, has just been published by Pre-Textos in their prestigious collection of Contemporary Classics. March 2014. 884 pages.

The book is being reviewed by the Spanish Press (El País, ABC, La Razón, El Mundo) and the presses of different Countries in Central and South America.

Dr. Carmen Peraita, Professor of Early Modern Literature, has been invited to actively participate in the research group titled "Estudio bibliográfico, analítico y documental de la segunda parte del Quijote," directed by Dr. Victor Infantes de Miguel from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid.

Dr. Mercedes Juliá, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature has for the past ten years been part of the research group directed by Professors Javier Blasco and Teresa Gómez Trueba from the Universidad de Valladolid, which studies the unedited works by Juan Ramón Jiménez.  This group has received several important grants from the Ministry of Education of Spain. 


Congratulations to Dr. Carlos Trujillo on his new book!

Si no fuera por la lluvia is the journal and correspondence of Milton Rogovin before, during and after his visit to Chile, suggested by Pablo Neruda. Carlos Trujillo, who is the editor and translator of the Journal, in an extensive introduction goes over the life and art of this world renowned photographer.  The book includes some of Rogovin´s best photographs of Chilean places and people.


Congratulations to Dr. Salvatore Poeta on his new book!

La elegía funeral española( Aproximación a la ‘función’ del género y antología) incorporates various disciplines toward elaborating its thesis of Elegy’s transtemporal, transcultural, transgeneric, and transliterary universality, centered on what it considers to be the genre’s indispensable Four Elegiac Principles.