Critical Theory

Romance Studies participates in a longstanding tradition at Cornell of scholarship that bridges literary theory and criticism with philosophical approaches to literature, language and culture. At the heart of this intersection are diverse methods –ranging from critical theory and psychoanalysis to the philosophy of language and deconstruction, from poetics and intermediality to post-structuralism– for interrogating the social, ideological and historical structures at play in the production of literary works as well as investigating the relation between meaning production, critical analysis and subject formation.

This field of inquiry is concerned principally with questions related to practices of reading and critical modes of interpretation that allow for new insights into power, subjectivities, race, gender, the politics of representation, visuality, memory, the writing of history, and new ways to explore the relation between technological and literary innovation. Through a vast array of methodological and theoretical approaches, scholars working in this area seek a deeper understanding of the ways in which literature, in relation to different concepts, registers, genres, and media, makes meaning possible.

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Mitchell Greenberg

Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences in Romance Studies

  • Comparative Literature
  • French Studies Program
  • Romance Studies
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María Antonia Garcés

Professor Emerita of Hispanic Studies

  • Romance Studies
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Laurent Dubreuil

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  • Cognitive Science Program
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Studies Program
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Timothy C. Campbell

Professor of Italian Studies

  • Comparative Literature
  • Romance Studies
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Gerard Aching

W. E. B. DuBois Professor in the Humanities

  • Africana Studies and Research Center
  • French Studies Program
  • Romance Studies
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Julia Chang

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

  • Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
  • Romance Studies
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Marie-Claire Vallois

Associate Professor of French Literature

  • Comparative Literature
  • Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
  • French Studies Program
  • Romance Studies
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Enzo Traverso

Susan and Barton Winokur Professor in the Humanities

  • French Studies Program
  • History
  • Jewish Studies Program
  • Romance Studies
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Karen Pinkus

Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature

  • Comparative Literature
  • French Studies Program
  • Romance Studies
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Simone Pinet

Professor of Spanish and Medieval Studies

  • Medieval Studies Program
  • Religious Studies Program
  • Romance Studies
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Edmundo Paz-Soldan

Professor of Latin American Literature

  • Romance Studies
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Marilyn Migiel

Professor of Romance Studies, Kappa Alpha Professor in Literature

  • Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
  • Jewish Studies Program
  • Medieval Studies Program
  • Romance Studies
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Tracy McNulty

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  • Comparative Literature
  • French Studies Program
  • Romance Studies
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Kathleen Perry Long

Professor of French

  • Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
  • French Studies Program
  • Romance Studies
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Patricia Keller

Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature

  • Comparative Literature
  • Romance Studies
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Cary Howie

Professor of Romance Studies

  • Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
  • French Studies Program
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Program
  • Medieval Studies Program
  • Religious Studies Program
  • Romance Studies

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