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Dr. Roderick Cooke specializes in modern French literature and culture. A national of France and the UK, his research draws on interdisciplinary perspectives in history, philosophy and politics. His publications discuss authors such as Zola, Flaubert, Céline, Baudelaire, Maupassant and Perec. His current book manuscript takes a new approach to writers' engagement in the Dreyfus Affair, arguing that their earlier aesthetic ideas were an important source for their political discourse during the crisis. He has taught literature, film and language at all levels of the curriculum, and is looking forward to bringing that experience to Villanova. 


Dr. John A. Cunicelli received his PhD from Temple University in 20th Century Latin American literature in 2017. He has extensive knowledge of Spanish and Italian language pedagogy, having taught a variety of courses ranging from beginner levels to advanced conversation and literature. His research interests include metafiction, defamiliarization, the fantastic, gender studies, humor, and Boom authors.


Dr. Carmen Gaitán Salinas holds a PhD in Contemporary History from Complutense University of Madrid and the Spanish National Research Council and two MA in Art History. She is publishing her PhD dissertation with Cátedra publisher house and right now she is editing memoirs and diaries from the women artists exiled in Latin American after the Spanish Civil War. She has received several fellowships, including Formación de Profesorado Universitario, Residencia de Estudiantes de Madrid and Santander Iberoamérica Jóvenes Investigadores. She has experience teaching Art history at Complutense University of Madrid and she has been a Teaching Assistant of Spanish at University of Exeter (England).


Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

St. Augustine Center, 303
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

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