Romance Studies

2014-15 Tuition

$29,500

Application deadlines

Fall, Jan. 15; no spring admission; Please note: the field of Romance Studies is not admitting students for Hispanic Literature or Studies for the 2014 admissions cycle. Applications are being accepted for French and Italian Literature or Studies

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • writing sample

Degrees

  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Romance Studies (Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • French literature
  • French studies
  • Hispanic literature
  • Hispanic studies
  • Italian literature
  • Italian studies

The Field of Romance Studies includes faculty members from the Departments of Romance Studies, Comparative Literature, English, History, Linguistics, and Modern Languages, and from the Africana Studies and Research Center. It offers interdisciplinary programs in Romance languages, and literatures.

Students in Romance Studies select a major in an area of literature (French, Italian, or Spanish literature) and choose a minor in one or two other areas from any field.

French, Hispanic, or Italian literature. The field offers a full complement of courses in French, Hispanic,or Italian literatures. It seeks to incorporate current, speculative, theoretical views of literature, often reflected in the review Diacritics, which since 1971 has been edited and published by faculty members and students in the Field of Romance Studies.

Students choose one national literature as their major concentration. They are expected to acquire a working knowledge of the general history of that literature, to become conversant with the social and intellectual history, and to speak and write their major language fluently. They are trained in bibliographical, linguistic, and analytical skills basic to teaching and research in the interpretation of literature.

Students are encouraged to study foreign languages other than the language of the major concentration, but such study is not required unless special linguistic competence is necessary for the student's research. Such need is determined by the student's Special Committee.

Students with a major in French, Hispanic, or Italian literature usually teach at least one year of literature and one year of language as part of their professional training; numerous teaching assistantships are available. A summer course in language teaching allows beginning assistants to observe and participate in classroom teaching and to attend lectures and discussion on theory and practice. An orientation program on the teaching of literature is held shortly before the semester begins.

Research and study opportunities:
Students are encouraged to spend a term or year abroad to improve their language skills or advance their research. Opportunities include assistantships and study opportunities at various universities abroad. Small subsidies are provided for some students to study abroad.

Cornell's excellent research library has renowned collections of books pertaining to Dante, Petrarch, and the French Revolution. The field also benefits from the interdisciplinary Medieval Studies Program, the Renaissance colloquium, the Society for the Humanities, the Women's Studies Program, and the Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large program. Cornell also has national resource centers in Latin American studies and in Western Societies.

Application:
Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores and to include course papers or other samples of written work.

Students are not usually admitted for a terminal master's degree. Doctoral degree candidates may earn a master's degree during their program either by writing a master's thesis or by successfully completing the Admission to Candidacy examination.

Gerard Aching -- Concentrations: French literature; Hispanic literature; French studies; Hispanic studies; Research interests: Caribbean literature
Elbern Alkire III (Minor Member) -- Concentrations: French literature; Italian literature; French studies; Italian studies; Research interests: French linguistics; Romance linguistics; Italian linguistics and dialectology; social and situational variation; semiotics; translation studies
Anne Berger -- Concentrations: French literature; French studies; Research interests: eighteenth-century French literature and philosophy; modern poetry; feminist and psychoanalytic criticism; cultural politics of the Maghreb
Bruno Bosteels -- Concentrations: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies; Research interests: Latin American literature; philosophy; literary theory
Ross Brann -- Concentrations: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies; Research interests: Hispanic literature
Timothy Campbell -- Concentrations: Italian literature; Italian studies; Research interests: modern Italian literature and culture; poststructuralist theory
Debra Castillo -- Concentrations: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies; Research interests: modern Hispanic literature; comparative literature; literary theory; women's studies
Walter Cohen -- Concentrations: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies; Research interests: Golden Age Spanish literature; cultural studies; literary history and theory
Abigail Cohn -- Concentrations: French studies; Research interests: French linguistics; phonology; phonetics
Jonathan Culler -- Concentrations: French literature; French studies; Research interests: literary theory; nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature
Laurent Dubreuil -- Concentrations: French literature; French studies; Research interests: 19th and 20th century French literature; post-colonial theories and francophone literatures; French and American comics and cinema; interdisciplinary practices
Pedro Erber -- Concentrations: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies; Research interests: Brazilian intellectual history, literature, and visual culture; theories and histories of modernism and the avant-garde; art and politics; critical theory and political thought
Maria Garces -- Concentrations: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies; Research interests: Renaissance and Baroque Spanish literature; Colonial Spanish American literature; psychoanalytic and feminist theory
Mitchell Greenberg -- Concentrations: French literature; French studies; Research interests: Baroque and classical literature; modern (psychoanalytic) critical theory
Cary Howie -- Concentrations: French literature; Italian literature; French studies; Italian studies; Research interests: French literature studies; Italian literature studies
Patricia Keller -- Concentrations: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies; Research interests: peninsular Spanish literature
William Kennedy -- Concentrations: French literature; Italian literature; French studies; Italian studies; Research interests: Italian and French Renaissance literature
D. Lasansky -- Concentrations: Italian literature; Italian studies; Research interests: Italian literature
Kathleen Long -- Concentrations: French literature; French studies; Research interests: French Renaissance literature; French baroque literature; cultural studies
Tracy McNulty -- Concentrations: French literature; French studies; Research interests: twentieth-century French literature and theory; psychoanalysis; Jewish studies
Natalie Melas -- Concentrations: French literature; French studies; Research interests: twentieth-century literature and colonialism; Francophone literature, especially Antillean
Marilyn Migiel -- Concentrations: Italian literature; Italian studies; Research interests: Italian literature, especially medieval and early modern; feminist criticism
Timothy Murray -- Concentrations: French literature; French studies; Research interests: seventeenth-century French literature; film; art and theater; poststructuralism
Jose Edmundo Paz-Soldan -- Concentrations: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies; Research interests: Andean literature and culture; media studies; modern and contemporary Latin American literature
Simone Pinet -- Concentrations: Hispanic literature; Hispanic studies; Research interests: medieval studies; Renaissance Spanish studies
Karen Pinkus -- Concentrations: French literature; Italian literature; French studies; Italian studies; Research interests: Italian literature; cultural studies
Diane Rubenstein -- Concentrations: French studies; Research interests: contemporary French theory: deconstruction; psychoanalysis; semiotics; French sociology; French politics and institutions; the French Right and fascism
Enzo Traverso -- Concentrations: French studies; Hispanic studies; Italian studies; Research interests: Contemporary social and cultural history; European intellectual history; Political theory
Marie-Claire Vallois -- Concentrations: French literature; French studies; Research interests: eighteenth-century French literature; semiotics and narratology; French and Francophone theories; practices of feminism

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

Richard Klein -- Concentrations: French literature; French studies; Research interests: nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature; literary criticism

Learning Outcomes/Doctoral Proficiencies
December 12, 2011


Outcome 1: Demonstrate Advanced Research and Theoretical/Critical Skills

The ability to recognize, synthesize, and evaluate research problems, findings, and new research opportunities. Demonstrate broad knowledge of subfields and methodologies (e.g., period-specific literature, films, and other artistic forms when applicable, literary theory, literary history, and literary genres).

Measures: Direct: course offerings, grades, papers, and presentations; Q- and A-exams; publication of articles; Indirect: departmental proseminar; evaluation of student participation, questions, and comments at conferences and in other public forums; conversations and discussions with chair of special committee and committee members.

Assessment Plan: annual meetings on graduate students’ progress; annual meetings of special committee; DGS review of course evaluations. 


Outcome 2: Make an Original and Substantial Contribution to the Discipline

Undertake and complete original, publishable research in a chosen field of inquiry. Develop intellectual independence in scholarship.

Measures: Direct: annual assessment by special committee; Q- and A-exams; the publication of articles in refereed journals; conference presentations; obtaining external fellowships/grants; Indirect: annual submission of students’ “Statement of Interest” and CV; mentoring and advising.

Assessment Plan: tracking graduate students’ employment and placement for a period of five years; review of annual departmental surveys; receiving and discussing Graduate School exit surveys/interviews; reviewing national surveys on department and field.


Outcome 3: Demonstrate Commitment to Advancing the Values of Scholarship

Keeping abreast of advances in the field and related areas; engagement in professional societies, publications, editorial boards; the creation of a supportive, collaborative environment for learning, teaching, and mentoring; adherence to ethical standards in the discipline; listening, giving, and receiving feedback effectively.

Measures: Direct: annual review of students’ “Statement of Interest”; annual review of students’ progress by special committee; evaluation of graduate student teaching by course coordinators; Indirect: participation in reading groups (French Poetry, Psychoanalysis, Early Modern, Radical Thought, Theory); attendance at departmental talks and seminars; participation in graduate student organizations; students’ organization of talks, film presentations, exhibits, and colloquia.

Assessment Plan: annual review of students’ CV by special committee.


Outcome 4: Demonstrate Professional Skills

Write and effectively present conference papers in professional forums; conception and completion of course syllabi; teaching language and language-literature bridge courses; preparation for job opportunities.

Measures: Direct: demonstrate teaching skills during observation (twice per semester by course coordinator); undergraduate course evaluations; departmental proseminar; departmental job preparation and mock interviews; Indirect: paper presentations in research and teaching forums at conferences.

Assessment Plan: DGS receives and reports on Graduate School’s and Field’s exit surveys/interviews; review of job placement for a period of five years; tracking alumni.