Romance Languages Department

Redefining Realism? Michelle Lee on Balzac’s Fictional Travelog

Postdoctoral fellow Lee explains how the nineteenth century French author’s foray into travel writing “showed the world how the scope of realism could be expanded beyond its traditional, European boundaries.”

Goodbye, Wheelwrights, and Thank You For Everything

Colleagues and friends surprised Genie and Nat Wheelwright at the end of their final classes this semester with a couple rounds of hearty applause. Both professors are retiring from long careers at Bowdoin, where they inspired countless students to pay attention to and take care of the world around them, learn Spanish, study abroad, and undertake rigorous research projects.

Romance Language Professor Wins Book Prize

Margaret Boyle, associate professor of Romance languages and literature, has won the Vern Williamsen Comedia Book Prize for her 2014 book, Unruly Women: Performance, Penitence, and Punishment in Early Modern Spain.

Cuba Weeks Brings Some Warmth to Smith Union

Last week Brunswick celebrated its relationship with the Cuban city of Trinidad with a series of events sponsored by the Brunswick Trinidad Sister City Association.

Board of Trustees Grants Tenure to Two Faculty Members

The Bowdoin College Board of Trustees granted tenure to two faculty members during meetings held on campus February 9-11, 2017.

The Sacred and the Profane: Why Rome is the Ideal 21st Century Horror Movie Setting

Alison Cooper describes how Rome’s richly symbolic history makes it the perfect setting for a gory twenty-first-century horror movie.

The Algerian Women Writers Who Resisted Tyranny

Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Meryem Belkaid held a lunchtime faculty seminar in November to shine a light on some of the hardships suffered by public intellectuals during the Algerian civil war of the 1990s.

One Professor’s Memories of Castro’s Cuba

Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Carolyn Wolfenzon Niego recalls time spent in Cuba during the reign of Fidel Castro. The Communist dictator died recently after nearly sixty years in power.

The Cuba Castro Leaves Behind

” It is sad that now, with Fidel Castro out of the picture, and Obama soon to be also out of the picture, Cuban-American relations are at risk of deteriorating. Cubans do not deserve that, just as they did not deserve the abuses they had to endure after the 1959 revolution.”

Cueto Asin Offers Reflections from Fidel Castro’s Ancestral Homeland

“Even in the liberal press (e.g. “El Pais”), columns and collected opinions by intellectuals from around Latin America were skeptical of his (Castro’s) legacy.”

Singing Karaoke, in Different Languages

Several teaching fellows at Bowdoin recently threw a karaoke party on campus to encourage students to practice their language skills while having a good time.

Visiting Artist, Filmmaker Lyès Salem Inspired by French-Algerian Roots

The Algerian-born filmmaker and visiting artist in Francophone studies is teaching a seminar class on creative writing and filmmaking in which he will help students produce one or two short movies, in French.

Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it’s obvious the “Bowdoin bubble” is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they’re doing.

Lunatics: Men, Women and the Moon in Early Modern France

In a recent lecture, Katherine Dauge-Roth examined how women in early modern France were often accused of being particularly susceptible to lunar influence

From the Carthaginians to Don Corleone: Students Explore Sicily

As they traveled around Sicily for nine days in March, students didn’t just visit ancient sites and majestic ruins, they also spoke to shop owners about how they’re fending off the tyranny of the Mafia. They learned how to make marzipan, a traditional Arabic dessert made from almonds, and visited spots that have influenced contemporary Sicilian writers.

From Dante to Battlestar Galactica: Analyzing ‘World’ Science Fiction

Saiber is happy that science fiction is at last being recognized as a worthy subject in the academic world. Furthermore, Saiber, a renowned Dante scholar, sees a link between much medieval and renaissance Italian literature and more modern works of science fiction

Prof. Nadia Celis Receives Award for New Book

The 2016 Premio Iberoamericano Award Committee of the Latin American Studies Association has awarded an honorable mention to Nadia Celis’s book, La rebelión de las niñas: El Caribe y la “conciencia corporal.”

2016 Francophone Film Festival

Films will be in French with English subtitles, and followed by a discussion led by members of the Bowdoin community. See full story for complete details.

Seven Bowdoin Faculty Granted Tenure

At its recent meeting in Boston (February 4-6, 2016), the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees promoted seven faculty members to tenured positions.

New Book by Prof. Wolfenzon Analyzes Colonial Influence in Latin American Novels

Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Carolyn Wolfenzon’s new book, “Muerte de Utopía: historia, antihistoria e insularidad en la novela latinoamericana” analyzes the representation of the colonial period (16th-18th centuries) and its literal and metaphorical islands in seven contemporary Latin American novels.