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.

Department News

Professor Michael Meere’s Class Stages Scenes from Several Mohamed Kacimi Plays

French on Stage!   By Ali Friend (’19)   I originally took this course was because the description emphasized that it would give students the opportunity to practice the pronunciation of French words and phrases through acting, something that I was eager to do since I returned from studying abroad in Paris last semester. This ... Read moreProfessor Michael Meere’s Class Stages Scenes from Several Mohamed Kacimi Plays

Curran Publishes New Biography of Denis Diderot

Andrew Curran, Professor of French and William Armstrong Professor of the Humanities at Wesleyan, published Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely, in January 2019. The book has been reviewed in the New York Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. Curran has also given interviews on the ... Read moreCurran Publishes New Biography of Denis Diderot

Ponsavady’s New Book Examines the Development of French Transportation Systems

Stéphanie Ponsavady, assistant professor of French, is the author of a new book titled Cultural and Literary Representations of the Automobile in French Indochina: A Colonial Roadshow, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. In the book, Ponsavady aims to answer the question: How are the pleasures and thrills of the automobile linked to France’s history…
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