Film, Media & Visual Studies

The department of Romance Studies plays a key role in defining the growth of Visual Studies research and teaching at Duke. Our department contributes perhaps most importantly by countering two all too common traps in this exciting field: presentism and Eurocentrism. From a course on “Dante and the Afterlife of the Book: From the Digits of Scribes to the Digital” to a seminar on contemporary theories of visual culture from Latin America, our research and teaching expands the field backward and forward in time and across the hierarchies that shape the geopolitics of knowledge according to old colonial maps. Avant-garde cinema from transnational Surrealism to the late work of Jean-Luc Godard exploring the digital media share the academic stage with queer, Latina performace artist Nao Bustamante, as well as projections of French soccer champion Zinedine Zidane onto the Arc de Triomphe. Research and teaching in film, media, and visual studies in Romance Studies are grounded in broad theoretical concerns about modernity, coloniality, and postmodernity; representation, figuration, and abstraction; politics, ethics, and aesthetics; new technologies in text and image; race, gender, and visuality; and globalization and culture. It is only right, given the intellectual and artistic traditions at the core of the department, that we enjoy the presence of prominent practitioner-theorists such as Ariel Dorfman and Anne Garréta among our faculty, and scholars who publish in mainstream mass media as well as analyze its products. Faculty members curate and collaborate with contemporary artists and practitioners as much as they write about their work. They also collaborate with Duke Visual Studies Initiative and Program in Arts of the Moving Image.

We welcome applications for PhD students interested in working in these areas, and encourage interested applicants to contact directly the faculty members most relevant to their research.

Antonio Viego

Antonio Viego, Associate Professor in the Department of Romance Studies

Office: Program in Literature/101 Ernestine Friedl Building, East Campus/Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708-0670

Phone: (919) 668-2687

Latino Studies; Ethnic Studies; Queer/Lesbian/Gay Studies; Twentieth Century American Literatures; Critical Race Theory; Chicana Feminist Theory; Comparative Ethnicities; Lacanian Psychoanalytic Theory Full Profile »

Anne Garreta

Anne Garreta, Research Professor of Literature

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

Phone: (919) 668-5389

A graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Anne Garréta, did her License de Lettres at the Université Paris 4 (Sorbonne), her Maitrise and her D.E.A at the Université Paris 7 (Diderot) before moving to the US and pursuing her PhD there.
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Roberto Maria Dainotto

Roberto Maria Dainotto, Professor of Romance Studies

Office: 217A Language Center, Box 90257, 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 »

Martin Eisner

Martin Eisner, Professor of Romance Studies

Office: 05 Language Center, Box 90257, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 660-3129

Martin Eisner is Chair of Romance Studies and Professor of Italian at Duke University. He specializes in medieval Italian literature, particularly the works of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, as well as the history of the book and media.

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Valeria Finucci

Valeria Finucci, Professor Emerita of Romance Studies

Office: 219E Language Center, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 660-3119

Renaissance theater, epic, romance, and treatise; women writers, medical and literary understandings of the body, Venetian culture, Renaissance fashion, medicine in early modern Italy, New World's pharmacy, and psychoanalysis. Full Profile »

Esther Leah Gabara

Esther Leah Gabara, Associate Professor of Romance Studies

Office: 212 Language Center, Department of Romance Studies, Durham, NC 27708-0257

Phone: (919) 660-3100

Esther Gabara works with art, literature, and visual culture from modern and contemporary Latin America. Central issues in her research are the relationship between ethics and aesthetics, theories and practices of non-mainstream modernisms, and representations of race and gender. Her teaching... Full Profile »

Fredric Jameson

Fredric Jameson, Professor in the Department of Romance Studies

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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Michele Longino

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 writing...

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Anne-Gaelle Saliot

Anne-Gaelle Saliot, Associate Professor of Romance Studies

Office: 219A Language Center, Durham, NC 27708

Anne-Gaëlle Saliot, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Romance Studies and Core Faculty of the Arts of the Moving Image program. A French native, she was first educated in France at the Lycée Henri IV (Paris) and the Sorbonne, before receiving her DPhil. from Oxford University in the U...

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Helen Solterer

Helen Solterer, Professor of Romance Studies

Office: 217B Language Center, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 660-3118

My research and teaching focus on pre-modern literature and culture in French and their interplay with contemporary thought; twentieth-century French cultural history; writing through gender.

Published works include:  Un Moyen Âge républicain: les paradoxes du th...

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