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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. 

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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.

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Dr. Laura Lenardón joined the department in 2018. She holds an MA and PHD in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in Spanish Translation from Kent State University. Dr. Lenardón has extensive training in language teaching methodology and its application to Spanish as an L2.  She has broad experience teaching a wide range of Spanish and linguistics courses at different levels and at various universities in the US.  Her main research interests are second language acquisition and pedagogy, and Spanish sociolinguistics. She is currently working on a manuscript about  her research on  the tonada cordobesa, a unique pretonic vowel lengthening in Cordobese Spanish. She examines the tonada from an acoustic, perceptual and sociolinguistic perspective to gain a better understanding of the linguistic and social uses of this particular feature in Argentina. 

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Dr. Christine Weissglass has extensive experience teaching all  levels of Spanish as well as courses in Hispanic Linguistics. She      enjoys introducing her students to the Spanish language through    activities that explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Her research on monolingual and bilingual pronunciation of Spanish has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and she has coauthored papers on the effect of instruction on language learners’ acquisition of the Spanish sound system. Currently, she is collaborating on an interdisciplinary research project investigating the Foreign Language Effect—the effect of thinking in a non-native language—on the cognitive processes involved in making moral judgements.

Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

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

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