Gender & Sexuality Studies

Many members of the Romance Studies Department have strong research and teaching interests in the fields of sex, gender, and sexuality. We study the question of what it means to be embodied as a man or a woman, or as an intersexed or transgendered person, both from a concrete, historical point of view, and from a theoretical perspective. We also take a strong interest in questions of desire, passion, love and marriage and their complications in history and theory. Our research interests and courses range widely: in our courses students may immerse themselves in the question of sexuality in Lacanian psychoanalysis, study castration and masculinity in the Italian Renaissance, learn about the stylized nature of gender in French 17th century literature, or work out the philosophical implications of Simone de Beauvoir's feminism. To find out more, please consult the web profile of the affiliated faculty members.

Students in Romance Studies at Duke will be able to draw on the exceptionally rich resources for the study of sex, gender and sexuality in other departments at Duke. The Department of Women's Studies offers a popular graduate certificate in Women's Studies. There is also an undergraduate Program in the Study of Sexualities, which organizes events and lectures of interest also to graduate students, and many departments, including Literature and English regularly offer graduate courses of interdisciplinary interest in these fields.

Valeria Finucci

Valeria Finucci, Professor 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 »

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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Toril Moi

Toril Moi, Professor of Romance Studies

Office: 1316 Campus Drive, 108 Friedl Building, Durham, NC 27708-0403

Phone: (919) 668-6407

Toril Moi has three broad areas of interest: feminist theory and women's writing; the intersection of literature, philosophy and aesthetics; and ordinary language philosophy in the tradition of Wittgenstein, Cavell and Austin.

Toril Moi also works on theater. In her work on literature... Full Profile »

Stephanie Sieburth

Stephanie Sieburth, Professor of Romance Studies

Office: 219D Language Center, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 660-3125

19th and 20th Centuries Spanish and Latin, American Literature and Culture, Gender Studies, Mass Culture and Psychology Full Profile »

Helen Solterer

Helen Solterer, Professor of Romance Studies

Office: 217B Language Center, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 660-3118

My research focuses on early, modern literature and culture in French. I consider fiction in historical action, its first forms in relation to many others, including the contemporary.  

 Timely Fictions, the book I’m writing now, pursues this approach...

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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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She has taught... Full Profile »