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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.

Gaëtan Brulotte Poetics Talk

on Thu, 2014/09/11 - 9:31am

It is with great pleasure that SUNY Buffalo welcomes Gaëtan Brulotte to our campus. A novelist, playwright, and Distinguished Professor at the University of South Florida, Gaëtan is known across the world for his literary contributions including publishing over 15 books and receiving the honor of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques. His Ph.D. was written under the guidance of acclaimed critic Roland Barthes, and his dissertation jury consisted of Jean Bellemin-Noël and Julia Kristeva, philosopher and feminist writer. In conjunction with the Poetics Plus program, Gaëtan will be giving a talk in English on Wednesday October 1st at 3:30pm in Capen 420. Entitled "The Poetics of the Short Story in Quebec: the first 150 years", his talk is sure to please students and faculty across

"Aimé Césaire's 100 First Lights" published

on Tue, 2014/09/09 - 9:37pm

Thanks to the generous support of the Melodia E. Jones Chair and the diligence of Valérie Hastings and Olivier Le Blond, proceedings from the "Aimé Césaire's 100 First Lights" symposium (September 2013) - along with new contributions - have been published in issue 11 of Formes Poétiques Contemporaines (

Advising appointments for RLL majors/minors (200-level courses and up)

on Tue, 2014/08/26 - 3:16pm

RLL majors and minors (200-level courses and up) can now schedule an appointment themselves with faculty advisors - with the option to download it into an e-calendar.  Students will also be able to cancel/reschedule appointments using the confirmation emails they receive, and they will be sent email appointment reminders.

All requests for major/minor advisement should start at this link, not with a phone call or an email to the RLL main office. 

Students should cancel all unneeded appointments as soon as possible in order to open times for other students and to help faculty advisors stay current on their advising schedules.

A permanent link to the scheduler will live on the "Majors/Minors" page of this website.   Access is also available at this link:

Brian Phillips defends his dissertation

on Mon, 2014/06/30 - 3:48pm

Brian Michael Phillips successfully defended his dissertation entitled  "Social Illness Embodied:  Pícaros, Converts, and Free Women in the Literature of the Golden Age" on June 30, 2014.   His committee was formed by Dr. David Castillo, main advisor,  Dr. Galen Brokaw and Dr. Amy Graves-Monroe.

Congratulations to Dr. Phillips!


Sarah Hart defends her dissertation

on Mon, 2014/06/16 - 1:46pm

Dr. Sarah Ann Hart successfully defended her dissertation "Loss of the Old Spanish -udo Participle:  A Corpus Based Study" on May 12, 2014.  Her committee was formed by  Dr. Jorge Guitart, main advisor, Eva Juarros-Daussa, Jeannette Ludwig, and Roger Woodard.  

Congratulations to Dr. Hart!