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Faculty in the Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures are active in their areas of specialization. Departments in our Division are committed to fostering an environment where research and creative activity thrive; research takes our students and faculty across the globe in the pursuit of scholarly engagement. Here you will find a sampling of our faculty's recent publications, exemplifying our committment to active engagement. Click on images to learn more about these publications. 

Recent Books by Faculty


Composed in the first half of the seventeenth century, a hundred years after the arrival of the Spanish conquerors in Mexico, the History of the Chichimeca Nation is based on native accounts but written in the medieval chronicle style. It is a gripping tale of adventure, romance, seduction, betrayal, war, heroism, misfortune, and tragedy. Written at a time when colonization and depopulation were devastating indigenous communities, its vivid descriptions of the cultural sophistication, courtly politics, and imperial grandeur of the Nahua world explicitly challenged European portrayals of native Mexico as a place of savagery and ignorance. Unpublished for centuries, it nonetheless became an important source for many of our most beloved and iconic memories of the Nahuas, widely consulted by scholars of Spanish American history, politics, literature, anthropology, and art.

The manuscript of the History, lost in the 1820s, was only rediscovered in the 1980s. This volume is not only the first-ever English translation, but also the first edition in any language derived entirely from the original manuscript. Expertly rendered, with introduction and notes outlining the author’s historiographical legacy, this translation at long last affords readers the opportunity to absorb the history of one of the Americas’ greatest indigenous civilizations as told by one of its descendants.

Amber Brian (Spanish and Portuguese)



A critical analysis of the intersection between nationalism, literature and space in modern Egyptian fiction, by Yasmine Ramadan, November 2019. 

Space in Modern Egyptian Fiction explores how a literary generation from the 1960s shifted the representation of rural, urban and exilic space, reflecting a disappointment with the project of the postcolonial nation-state in Egypt.



The Rise of Euroskepticism, by Luis Martin-Estudillo, March 2018.

Covering from 1915 to the present, this book deals with the role that artists and intellectuals have played regarding projects of European integration.

Recent Articles by Faculty:

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[it] shakes my whole breathing being: Rethinking Gender with Translation in Anne Carson’s “A Fragment of Ibykos Translated Six Ways”

Author: Adrienne K. Ho Rose

Konturen, Volume 10: Re-thinking Gender in Reading, (2019): 126-151.

Apostrophe's Double

Apostrophe's Double

Author: Sabine I. Gölz

Konturen, Volume 10: Re-thinking Gender in Reading, (2019): 22-53.

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Unshackling the Ocean: Screening Affect and Memory in Guy Deslauriers’s Passage du Milieu~The Middle Passage

Author: Anny Curtius

Celluloid Chains: Slavery in the Americas through Film, edited by Rudyard J. Alcocer, Kristen Block, & Dawn Duke, University of Tennessee Press, 2018, pp. 121-146.

Reimagining North African immigration

Narrativizing foreclosed history in ‘postmemorial’ fiction of the Algerian war in France: October 17, 1961, a case in point

Author: Michel Laronde

Reimagining North African immigration. Identities in flux in French literature, television, and film, (Edited by Véronique Machelidon & Patrick Saveau, Manchester UP, 2018), 134-152


Journal of Pragmatics


On the interpretation and processing of exhaustivity: Evidence of variation in English and French clefts

Author(s): Emilie Destruel Johnson, Joseph DeVeaugh-Geiss

Journal of Pragmatics, Volume 138, December 2018, Pages 1-16.

The French Review

Etat présent du XVIIe siècle

Author(s): Roland Racevskis with co-authors Russell Ganim, Nicholas Paige, Volker Schröder, Eric Turcat, and Ellen Welch

French Review 91.2 (December 2017): 13-34.


In 1960s Egypt a group of writers exploded onto the literary scene, transforming the aesthetic landscape. Space in Modern Egyptian Fiction explores how this literary generation presents a marked shift in the representation of rural, urban and exilic space, reflecting a disappointment with the project of the postcolonial nation-state in Egypt.