Romance Languages and Literatures

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Romance Languages and Literatures (RLL) interdepartmental PhD program is a joint venture by the Departments of French, Italian Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese. It offers students a unique opportunity to work with distinguished faculty in all three departments as they take advantage of Berkeley's unmatched resources for comparative study of the literatures and linguistics of the Romance language family.

The program is a doctorate in three Romance languages and literatures taught in the Departments of French, Italian Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese, and prepared with emphasis in one of the languages (referred to as the “Primary” language). 

While RLL is an independent program, students are normally affiliated with the department of their primary language, which is referred to as the “Host” department.  Students may opt for either the Literature track or the Linguistics track.

The mission of the RLL program is: (1) To take a multilingual approach to language and literature; (2) To combine literary and philological/linguistic study; (3) To offer flexibility in the design of students’ programs: the unity of a common heritage and common evolution of the Romance family allows diversity in topics and approaches; and (4) To train Romance scholars of linguistics, literature, and culture who can take jobs in Romance-language departments, single-language departments, or Linguistics departments.

Undergraduate Program

There is no undergraduate program in Romance Languages and Literatures.

Graduate Programs

Romance Languages and Literatures: PhD, with emphases in French, Italian, or Spanish
 

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Faculty

French 

Faculty

Deborah Anne Blocker, Associate ProfessorEarly modern French literature and history.
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Karl A. Britto, Associate ProfessorAfrica, cultural studies, the Caribbean, literature, francophone literature, colonial and postcolonial literature, Vietnam, gender and identity.
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Eglantine L. Colon, Assistant Professor.

Suzanne Guerlac, ProfessorNationalism, literature, philosophy, 19th- and 20th-century literature, myths of literature and theory, contemporary cultural criticism.
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Timothy Hampton, ProfessorCulture, politics, English, comparative literature, French, renaissance and early modern European culture, the romance languages, the ideology of literary genre, the literary construction of nationhood, the rhetoric of historiography.
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David Hult, ProfessorLiterary theory, medieval French literature, allegory, hermeneutics, text editing, French Studies.
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Richard G. Kern, ProfessorLiteracy, second language acquisition, writing, psycholinguistics, reading, French language, French linguistics, technology and education.
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Michael Lucey, ProfessorPragmatics, the novel, sexuality studies, comparative literature, French, French literature, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, British literature and culture, social and literary theory, cultural studies of music, studies of language in use, theories of practice, twentieth-century American literature.
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Susan Maslan, Associate ProfessorFrench, early modern French literary, political history, the enlightenment, human rights.
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Mairi Mclaughlin, Associate ProfessorFrench linguistics, Italian linguistics, romance linguistics, translation studies, history of French, History of Italian, History of the Romance Languages, language contact, History of the Press, Speech Reporting.
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Nicholas Paige, ProfessorCinema (French New Wave), 17th- and 18th-century French literature and culture, history and theory of the novel, quantitative literary history and digital humanities, aesthetics and image theory, subjectivity and autobiography.
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Debarati Sanyal, ProfessorViolence, poetry, the relationship between literary form, politics in 19th-century France, the connection between performance, performativity, ethics in modernist texts.
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Thoraya S. Tlatli, Associate ProfessorFrancophone literature, colonial and postcolonial studies, literature and psychoanalysis, twentieth-century continental philosophy.
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Damon R. Young, Assistant Professor.

Lecturers

Maia L. Beyler-Noily, Lecturer.

Daniele Boucher, Lecturer.

Seda Chavdarian, Senior Lecturer.

Florence Costa, Lecturer.

Gabriel Flambard, Lecturer.

Michelle Koerner, Lecturer.

Leslie Martin, Lecturer.

Blanca Misse, Lecturer.

Vesna Rodic, Lecturer.

Rachel Shuh, Lecturer.

Nelly A. Timmons, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Esther Alder, Professor Emeritus.

Leo Bersani, Professor Emeritus.

Joseph J. Duggan, Professor EmeritusFrench, medieval epic, romance, lyric poetry, the theory and practice of editing medieval texts, oral literature, theory of genres, the relationship between literature and social context.
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Ulysse Dutoit, Professor Emeritus.

Basil Guy, Professor Emeritus.

Leonard W. Johnson, Professor Emeritus.

Thomas M. Kavanagh, Professor Emeritus.

Irving Putter, Professor Emeritus.

Walter E. Rex, Professor Emeritus.

Ann Smock, Professor EmeritusPoetry, French, France during World War II, the Algerian War, 20th-century writing by women, relations between literature and music, Jacques Roubaud, Danielle Collobert.
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Italian Faculty

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Albert Russell Ascoli, ProfessorItaly, national identity, literature and history, Dante, authorship and authority, Ariosto, Machiavelli, Petrarch, Boccaccio, epic and romance, Renaissance, early modern, Middle Ages.
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Steven Botterill, Associate ProfessorItalian literature and culture, Dante.
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Mia Fuller, Associate ProfessorAnthropology, Italy, fascism, urban design, architecture, Italian colonialism.
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Henrike Lange, Assistant Professor.

Diego Pirillo, Assistant ProfessorRenaissance Europe, History of Books and Reading, history of political thought, History of Historiography.
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Barbara Spackman, ProfessorFeminist theory, psychoanalysis, culture, fascism, gender studies, comparative literature, Italian studies, narrative, European decadence, travel writing.
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Lecturers

Soledad D. Anatrone, Lecturer.

Anna M. Bellezza, Lecturer.

Stanley W. Levers, Lecturer.

Mara Mauri Jacobsen, Lecturer.

Kate Noson, Lecturer.

Giuliana Perco, Lecturer.

Brandon Schneider, Lecturer.

Avy Valladares, Lecturer.

Visiting Faculty

Andrei N. Barashkov, Visiting Assistant Professor.

Emeritus Faculty

Gavriel Moses, Professor EmeritusViolence, body, comparative literature, Italian studies, film studies, English literatures, philology, film making, Italian cinema history & genres, auteur effects in Antonioni Kieslowski & Rohmer, cultural objects in cinema, novels on film, love.
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Spanish and Portuguese Faculty

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Emilie L. Bergmann, ProfessorEarly modern Spain, colonial Spanish America, Spanish literature, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, visual studies, gender and sexuality studies.
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Natalia Brizuela, Associate ProfessorSpanish, Portuguese.
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Anthony J. Cascardi, ProfessorEnglish, comparative literature, literature, Spanish, Portuguese, philosophy, aesthetics, early modern literature, French, Spanish Baroque.
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Justin Davidson, Assistant ProfessorSpanish linguistics, romance linguistics, contact linguistics, bilingualism, Catalan, sociophonetics, language variation and change, quantitative methods.
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Ivonne Del Valle, Associate ProfessorColonial period in México, internal colonialism in Mexico, Jesuits (Loyola, Acosta, Baegert), Baroque and Enlightenment from a colonial perspective, technology and environment, drainage of Mexico City lakes, Christianity and Pre-Hispanic religions.
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Daylet Dominguez, Assistant ProfessorModern and Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures.
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Michael Iarocci, ProfessorSpanish, literature.
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Francine R. Masiello, ProfessorGender theory, culture, globalization, comparative literature, Spanish, Latin American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, comparative North and South literatures.
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Ignacio Navarrete, ProfessorSpanish literature: poetry, poetic theory, narrative and culture, history of the book, Cervantes, Don Quixote, Medieval and Early Modern Spanish literature. Modern Spain.
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Alexandra Saum Pascual, Assistant ProfessorSpain, electronic literature, contemporary literature, digital humanities, new media.
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Candace Slater, ProfessorSpanish, Portuguese.
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Estelle Tarica, Associate ProfessorLatin America, Mexico, race, nationalism, Spanish, mestizo, Indians, Andes, Bolivia, Peru, Holocaust, Quechua.
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Lecturers

Amelia R. Barili, Lecturer.

Duarte Manuel Carvalho Pinheiro, Lecturer.

Clelia Francesca Donovan, Lecturer.

Miriam Hernandez-Rodriguez, Lecturer.

Teresa A. Mcfarland, Lecturer.

David Menendez-Alvarez, Lecturer.

Elena B. Olsen, Lecturer.

Ana Belen Redondo Campillos, Lecturer.

Victoria Martinez Robertson, Lecturer.

Donna A. Southard, Lecturer.

Tanya Varela, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Arthur L. Askins, Professor EmeritusSpanish, Portuguese.
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Milton M. Azevedo, Professor EmeritusLinguistics, Spanish, Portuguese.
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Jerry R. Craddock, Professor EmeritusSpanish, Portuguese.
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Dru Dougherty, Professor EmeritusPoetry, stage history, Valle-Inclan, Spanish poetics, war and literature.
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Charles Faulhaber, Professor EmeritusMedieval Spanish literature; medieval rhetoric; codicology, paleography; computerization of scholarly methodology.
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Louis A. Murillo, Professor Emeritus.

John H. R. Polt, Professor EmeritusSpanish literature, 18th century, 19th century.
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Jose Rabasa, Professor EmeritusSpanish, Portuguese.
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Julio Ramos, Professor EmeritusSpanish, Portuguese.
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Contact Information

Romance Languages and Literatures

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Program Director

Ignacio Navarrete, PhD (Department of Spanish and Portuguese)

5319 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-0471

ignacio@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Services Adviser, French

Mary Ajideh

4207 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: (510) 642-2714

frenchga@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Services Adviser, Italian

Sandy Jones

6313 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: (510) 642-9051

issag@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Services Adviser, Spanish

Verónica López

5309 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: (510) 642-8037

spanga@berkeley.edu

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