Literary Theory & Beyond

At Romance Studies we move beyond the study of the novel proper to encompass the broader category of narrative and its theoretical re-energizing brought about by the development of film studies, popular culture, Latin American “testimonio,” and the digital humanities. (A major initiative in Francophone Digital Humanities is orchestrating links between research groups in Europe and the French-speaking Americas while it innovates the range of digital surrogates available). We are thus constantly rethinking the relationship between socio-historical formations and literary representation; between the singularity of “events” and the crisis of grand récits; and between the differential identities found in local enclaves and the pressure that historically has been put on writers to produce “national allegories.”  The Department is in a unique position to offer a wide range of courses in the theory and history of fiction that may include these and other topics: the political novel of revolution in relation to contemporary revolutions in narrative poetics; the changing role of “national allegories” or novels used as nation-building instruments; travel writing as an ancillary mode of fiction vis-à-vis the novelistic inflection of travel accounts; the interface of popular culture and high-brow art; biography, life-writing and autofiction; and the fascination that analytico-referential discourse (“science”) has exerted on fiction writers from the nineteenth century through postmodernism and beyond.

Anne-Gaelle Saliot, Assistant Professor of Romance Studies

Office: 219A Language Center, Durham, NC 27708

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Stephanie Sieburth, Professor of Romance Studies

Office: 219D Language Center, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 660-3125

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Helen Solterer, Professor in the Department of Romance Studies

Office: 217B Language Center, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 660-3118

My research focuses on pre-modern literatures and cultures in French, and other vernaculars.  I understand fiction in historical action, shaped not only by the eventfulness of its first era, but equally by that of others, including the critic’s contemporary one.  
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Ariel Dorfman, Walter Hines Page Research Professor Emeritus of Literature

Office: 1316 Campus Drive, 101 Friedl Building, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 684-6605

Walter Hines Page Research Professor of Literature and Latin American Studies; has a Licenciatura in Comparative Literature from the Universidad de Chile, Santiago, 1965. He has taught at the Universidad de Chile, the Sorbonne (Paris IV) and the University of Amsterdam. His major publications...

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Anne Garreta, Research Professor of Literature

Office: 101D Friedl Bldg, Literature Program, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 668-5389

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David F. Bell, Professor with Tenure

Office: 209 Language Center, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 660-3100

Nineteenth-century French literature and culture; critical theory; literature and science; literature and technology. Full Profile »

Roberto Maria Dainotto, Professor of Romance Studies

Office: 219A Language Center, Durham, NC 27708

Modern and contemporary Italian culture. Publications include Place in Literature: Regions, Cultures, Communities (Cornell UP, 2000); Europe (in Theory) (Duke UP, 2007); The Mafia: A Cultural History (Reaction Books, 2015);  and the edited volume ... Full Profile »

Michael Hardt, Professor of Literature

Office: 106 Friedl Building, Buchanan and Trinity, Durham, NC 27708-0670

Phone: (919) 684-3408

Michael Hardt's writings explore the new forms of domination in the contemporary world as well as the social movements and other forces of liberation that resist them. In the Empire trilogy -- Empire (2000), Multitude (2004), and Commonwealth(2009) -- he and Antonio Negri investigate the... Full Profile »

Fredric Jameson, Knut Schmidt Nielsen Professor of Comparative Literature

Office: 101 Friedl Bldg, 1316 Campus Drive Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 684-4155

Knut Schmidt-Nielsen Professor of Comparative Literature, Professor of Romance Studies (French), and Director of the Center for Critical Theory. Professor Jameson received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1959 and taught at Harvard, Yale, and the University of California before coming to Duke in 1985. He...

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Deborah Jenson, Professor of Romance Studies

Office: 205 Languages, Box 90257, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 668-0337

As the Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute I work with faculty and students in 18 departments and programs in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences to work toward a vibrant future of humanities contributions to the Duke mandate of "Knowledge in the Service of Society."... Full Profile »

Michele Longino, Professor of Romance Studies

Office: 111 Language Center, Durham, NC 27708-0257

Phone: (919) 660-3121

Professor of French & Italian Studies, received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and taught at Rice University before coming to Duke in 1989.  She is an early modern specialist on the French Classical age, 1650-1700. Her interests in the epistolary genre and in women's...

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José María Rodríguez García, Associate Professor in the Department of Romance Studies

Office: 214 Language Center, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 660-3113

Global Iberia/ Oceanic Americas; cosmopolitanism and autochthony; history of lyric forms and of literary translation; Galicia's political-intellectual history; Colombia's political-intellectual history; late/ belated Hispanic and transnational modernisms, esp. Zambrano, Tàpies & Paz Full Profile »

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Richard Rosa, Associate Professor of Romance Studies

Office: 205 Language Center, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 660-3100

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