The Department of Romance Languages and Literaturesoffers programs in French, Italian, and Hispanic & Luso-Brazilian literatures as well as Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. These programs include the study of literary history, established and current critical methodologies, literary theory and analysis, Romance philology, the sociology of literature, literature and history, cultural studies, films, and foreign language acquisition and pedagogy. In addition, our program offers a growing curriculum in Catalan, including a two-year language and culture program and advanced courses taught by the Joan Coromines Visiting Chair.
Holdings in Romance languages and literatures at Regenstein Library are rich and extensive.A vast collection of printed materials, manuscripts, rare books, journal holdings, databases and microfilm sets are complemented by electronic corpora of primary texts. Several of the latter are produced, in toto or in part, at the University of Chicago by ARTFL (American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language), Italian Women Writers, Opera del Vocabolario Italiano, and Montaigne Studies.
The department has developed a unique program of theoretical and practical teacher training in Romance languages and literatures. All PhD students are funded with fellowships that allow them to gain teaching experience in the undergraduate language program, first as language assistants, then as autonomous lecturers. This system allows for a high degree of professional training and competitive funding, without distracting students from their graduate studies. PhD students enjoy a wide range of specialized department seminars on literature, literary theory, Romance linguistics, and bibliographic research.
Students with an MA degree from another institution generally enter the PhD program directly. Those without a master's degree take part in our one-year MA program, which is designed to familiarize students with the literary history and major works of one or more of the Romance languages, and to provide the tools for literary and cultural analysis needed to advance to the PhD program. PhD students enjoy a wide range of specialized department seminars on literature, literary theory, Romance linguistics, and bibliographic research.