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.
Literary Theory & Beyond
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...Full Profile »
José María Rodríguez García, Associate Professor 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 »
Helen Solterer, Professor of Romance Studies
Office: 217B Language Center, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 660-3118
I’m a critic of fiction –and creative non-fiction – in French in all its forms.
Liberty at its purest, as Alain Chartier, Annie Saumont, Sade test it.
An engaging discipline as Beckett, Rutebeuf, Voltaire, and Zeina Abirached practice it.
Imprinted by my...Full Profile »
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... Full Profile »
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.
She has taught... Full Profile »
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 »
Michael Hardt, Professor of Romance Studies
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 political... Full Profile »
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...Full Profile »
Deborah Jenson, Professor of Romance Studies
Office: 112 Language Center, Box 90257, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 660-3122
A scholar of "long 19th century" French and Caribbean literature and culture, I also work in the fields of cognitive literary studies and health humanities. Monographs, edited volumes, editions, and translations include: Beyond the Slave Narrative: Politics, Sex, and Manuscripts in the Haitian... Full Profile »