Research, Discovery and Creativity
Department members have a long tradition of conducting research related to the three languages and cultures taught in its programs. These scholarly activities encompass a wide range of subjects, focused on literature, culture and film, language and linguistics, and on many relevant theoretical approaches that inform the study of texts.
The Department’s areas of research strength and international recognition are the following: Literary and Cultural Theories; Discourse Analysis; Spain (Catalan, Baroque Literature, Golden Age, Cervantes Studies, and Sephardic Literature and Culture); French-Canadian Literatures and Cultures; Second Language Acquisition; French and Romance Linguistics; Literature and the Visual Arts; French Literature and Theatre; Latin-American Literatures, Cultures and Film; International Francophone Studies; Italian Literature and Culture; Exile and Migration; Creative Writing.
Much of the research undertaken has a multidisciplinary component that brings the study and teaching of language and literatures in contact with other disciplines: linguistics, philosophy, fine arts, sociology, anthropology, technologies in second-language teaching and learning, film, migration, creative writing, comparative literature, European thought and gender studies.
Members and graduate students publish in a wide variety of national and international peer-reviewed journals, participate in local, national, and international conferences, and are involved in research groups and other activities that promote their investigations and teaching interests. They are the recipients of prestigious national and internation awards, fellowships and similar distinctions.
Individual faculty members' research projects are listed under People.