Romance Languages & Literatures

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (RL&L) is a cornerstone of the Humanities at Wesleyan and the university’s gateway to the French-, Italian-, Portuguese-, and Spanish-speaking worlds. We represent literary and cultural traditions that extend from the Middle Ages to the present.  We teach languages, literatures and cultures that span Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Our students develop and apply their knowledge and skills through the extracurricular activities and study abroad opportunities that we promote. Through a network of collaborations across departments and divisions, we support a wide array of majors, academic programs and initiatives.

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Wesleyan to Offer Muslim Studies Certificate

Wesleyan to Offer Muslim Studies Certificate
The certificate, approved by the faculty on April 25, was proposed by steering committee members Peter Gottschalk, professor of religion, director of the Office of Faculty Career Development; Typhaine Leservot, associate professor of French studies, chair of the Romance Languages and Literatures Department, associate professor of letters; and Ioana Emy Matesan, assistant professor of government,…


Shapiro’s Poetry Translations Featured in Hyper-Texts
Norman Shapiro, professor of romance languages and literatures, and Wesleyan’s Distinguished Professor of Literary Translation, is one of the poets featured in the August 2016 “The Hyper-Texts,” a prestigious website honoring individual American poets with chosen examples from their work. Shapiro’s poetry translations include “Innocents We,” translated from the French words of Paul Verlaine; “To…

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