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The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures is committed to an interdisciplinary, international, and collaborative vision of the study of language, literature, and culture. RLL is a diverse and dynamic academic unit offering undergraduate majors and minors in its core areas of French, Italian, and Spanish, and graduate concentrations in French, Spanish, and Romance Linguistics. In addition, we have emerging pedagogical and research interests in Catalan and Portuguese. RLL has cross-disciplinary strengths in Iberian and Latin American Studies, Francophone Canadian, Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Studies, Early Modern Studies, Cultural Studies, (Post)Colonial Studies, Urban and Landscape Studies, Gender Studies, Disability Studies, Poetry, Theater and Performance, Film, and Romance Linguistics.

“Robert Creeley & France -- International Innovative Poetry"

on Thu, 2016/01/28 - 10:47am

It is with great pleasure that the Melodia E. Jones Chair and the RLL Department announce “Robert Creeley & France -- International Innovative Poetry,” an evening devoted to understanding not only the situation of Poetics in France, but specifically to Robert Creeley’s influence and role there from the 20th century onward. This soirée de poésie is a collaborative project with UB’s Poetics Program and it marks the beginning of their larger conference entitled  “Poetics: (The Next) 25 Years.”


“Robert Creeley & France -- International Innovative Poetry” will take place on Thursday, April 7th

Save the Date: Quebec Film Festival 3/30, 3/31, 4/1

on Mon, 2016/01/25 - 1:18pm

The Quebec Studies Program is pleased to announce the dates of its 3rd Annual Big Buffalo Quebec Film Festival: 3/30, 3/31, and 4/1. It will take place on UB North Campus in Woldman Theater (112 Norton Hall). There will be 2 showings per day, 6pm and 8pm. The modern films will address a variety of issues of importance to global citizens. The schedule of films is as follows: 

Wednesday, March 30th
6pm: La Passion d’Augustine
8pm: Les Amours imaginaires

Thursday, March 31st
6pm: Ce qu’il faut pour vivre
8pm: La famille Belier

Friday, April 1st
6:30pm: La Face cachée de la Lune
Guest speaker (TBA)

Spring 2016 undergraduate special topic course descriptions

on Mon, 2015/12/07 - 12:16pm

Descriptions for FR 481 (includes also ITA 410 and SPA 452), FR 482, FR 484, SPA 453, and SPA 454 can be found here:


FR 481, ITA 410, SPA 452 special topic:  Comparative Romance Linguistics

This course surveys the principal linguistic and historical factors that contributed to the development of Latin into the Romance languages through the dynamic, community-based process of language change.  Students will become familiar with the characteristics that define each of the most commonly spoken Romance languages.  In the first half of the course, we will take up issues such as the comparative method and historical reconstruction, the creation of national standards, the divisions between dialects, and the ongoing question of orality versus literacy.

New Publication: Formules 19

on Mon, 2015/11/30 - 9:37am

Prof. Jean-Jacques Thomas, UB Distinguished Professor and Melodia E. Jones Chair new edited book has come out this month in the US and Canada. Prepared with Prof. Christelle Reggiani (Univ. Paris-4, Sorbonne), Christopher Reig (Univ. de Perpignan – Catalogne) and Prof. Hermes Salceda (Univ.