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.

Campus News

Shapiro Translates Collection of French Cat Poems
Norman Shapiro, professor of French and the Distinguished Professor of Literary Translation, collected and translated a book, Fe-Lines: French Cat Poems through the Ages. The collection was published by University of Illinois Press in October 2015. The French have long had a love affair with the cat, expressed through centuries of poetry portraying the animal’s…

Faculty Speak to Students about Romance Languages and Literatures Department
More information on the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures is available online. (Photos by Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ’19)

Hispanic Film Series Playing in Goldsmith Family Cinema
On Thursdays in September and October, Wesleyan is hosting a four-part Hispanic Film Series showcasing the power and artistry of contemporary Latin American and Spanish film. All films will be shown at 8 p.m. in the Goldsmith Family Cinema, and are free and open to the public. The series is sponsored by the Thomas and Catharine…

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