The study of human language spans a multitude of disciplines. Members of the Department of Modern Languages continue their research in a diverse array of languages and subjects such as modern literature, language pedagogy, socio-linguistics, phonetics, film studies, literature from past centuries, and the interaction of languages on each other, as well as the cultural importance reflected in various languages around the world. Our work examines globally oriented issues from Africa to the Caribbean, Western Europe to Eastern Asia, and French-speaking Canada to the southern tip of South America. Our research continues to inspire our students to pursue their goals in discovering the vast array of paths open to them through the study of language and culture. Faculty in the Department of Modern Languages examine topics including women's rights, minority consciousness in dominant cultures, regaining ties to lost heritage, and an overall recognition that in a myriad of ways, human language binds diverse linguistic and cultural communities to each other. Research in the Department of Modern Languages not only adds to the corpus of human knowledge, but with our interaction with people in society as a whole, we also create a bridge between academia and all the various communities that form our understanding of human existence.


Lema-Hincapié publishes two new books:

Saberes con sabor: Culturas hispánicas a través de la cocina 

by  Andrés Lema-Hincapié & Conxita Domènech

Es un manual avanzado que responde al creciente interés por el estudio de las prácticas culinarias y alimenticias de Ibero-América, sin desatender ni la lengua ni la cultura de esas regiones del mundo.

Cada capítulo comprende aspectos vinculados con recetas, lengua, arte y teoría. Los estudiantes son expuestos a temas de geografía, historia, literatura, política, economía, religión, música e, incluso, cuestiones de género que estarían implicadas en la elaboración y en el consumo de ciertas comidas. Y, esto, mientras mejoran sus habilidades en temas esenciales y específicos del español. A lo largo del libro, están incorporados materiales de internet —como vínculos para videos, registros sonoros, referencias históricas, sitios web de cocina y contenidos suplementarios para la investigación.

Muy útil en cursos universitarios, Saberes con sabor es un recurso original y único de aprendizaje para estudiantes fascinados por los placeres del paladar y, de igual manera, con una genuina pasión por las culturas hispánicas.

Indiscreet Fantasies  Iberian Queer Cinema

Edited by Andrés Lema-Hincapié, Conxita Domènech

Pedro Almódovar may have helped put queer Iberian cinema on the map, but there are also multitudes of other LGBTQ filmmakers from Catalonia, Portugal, Castile, Galicia, and the Basque Country who have made the Peninsula one of the world’s most vital sources for queer film. Together, they have produced a cinema whose expressions of queer desire have challenged the region’s conservative religious and family values, while intervening in vital debates about politics, history, and nation.
Iberian Queer Cinema is a unique collection that offers in-depth analyses of fifteen different films, each by a different director, produced in the region over the past fifty years, from Narciso Ibáñez Serrador’s La residencia (The House That Screamed, 1970) to João Pedro Rodrigues’ O ornitólogo (The Ornithologist, 2016). Together, they show how queer Iberian cinema has responded to historical traumas ranging from the AIDS crisis to the repressive and homophobic Franco regime. Yet they also explore how these films gesture towards a more fluid understanding of sexuality, gender, and national identity. This book will thus give readers a new appreciation for both the cultural diversity of Iberia and the richness of its moving and thought-provoking queer cinema.


MA Student publishes article

Congratulations to Annie Robinson, MA canditate, who published an article on Mester:

Morality in the Aesthetics of Violence: Political Denunciation in La Virgen de los Sicarios (1994, 2000) by Fernando Vallejo


Dansereau publishes new book

Diane Dansereau, Associate Professor of French, is pleased to announce the publication of her new book Variations Stylistiques: cours de grammaire avancée with Yale University Press. This advanced-level grammar text/reference book is based on extensive linguistic studies and differs from traditional grammars by concentrating on the more natural and appropriate forms employed by native speakers, rather than teaching prescribed forms. By learning these stylistic variations, students of French will better comprehend Francophone speakers/writers and advance their own proficiency levels closer to those of a native speaker

Jenkins on the future of the Spanish language

Rapid changes in the use of the Spanish language in the Southwest may lead to the language's extinction in coming decades in the region unless bilingualism is accepted and promoted, according to Devin Jenkins, Associate Professor of Spanish and Modern Languages Department Chair. In this interview,  Jenkins discusses is research which has found that in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, areas with a large population of Spanish and Mexican descent, the use of Spanish is no longer growing.