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Search for Visiting Asst. Professor in Hispanic Studies, AY15-16
The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures of Boston College seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor in Hispanic Literature and Culture, for the 2015-2016 academic year. This is a one-year position. Teaching load of six courses per year, including advanced language and culture classes. Area of expertise is open, although 19th-century transatlantic or Mexican, Central American or Caribbean Studies are of particular interest. We seek a candidate with native or near-native fluency in both Spanish and English, Ph.D. in hand, with evidence of excellence in teaching.

Please send (via email) a letter of application, CV, and three letters of reference addressed to Prof. Harry Rosser, Head of the Hispanic Studies Section, in care of Ms. Joanna Doyle, RLL dept. administrative asst. (617-552-3821), at

"Romance Review" Returns
"Romance Review", the RLL graduate student scholarly journal, founded in 1989 and temporarily suspended in 2007, has returned to life in a new online form, entitled "The Romance E-Review".

New RLL/Core Course
Prof. Laurie Shepard's new, interdisciplinary Core Curriculum course, "Literature and Business" (RL314 x EN 084.05) is featured in the Boston College Magazine (Fall 2014, pp. 10-11).

Daniel Cuenca and Franco Mormando

First Recipient of Sue L. Nguyen (MA ’73) Prize
Graduating Masters student in Hispanic Studies, Daniel Cuenca, has been awarded the Sue L. Nguyen Prize for Academic Excellence in Graduate Studies. The prize was established this year by the family of the late Sue Nguyen, a 1973 graduate of the BC Masters program.

MIguel Brascó

Inauguration of New Documentary Film
Prof. Ernesto Livon-Grosman's new documentary, Brascó, a survey of Argentinian cultural and political life of the past 50 years through the eyes of poet and "public intellectual," MIguel Brascó, had its world debut at the National Library of Argentina in Buenos Aires.

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Italy, Spain, & France among Top Study Abroad Destinations
According to the online journal, Inside Higher Ed, the number of American college students studying abroad continues to increase, with the top five destinations being (in order of popularity) the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, and China. Moreover, Boston College ranked among the top five doctoral universities according to the percentage of students engaging in foreign study.

Most Popular Undergraduate Minors
According to the 2013-14 Boston College Factbook (p. 44), Hispanic Studies is the second most popular undergraduate minor, after International Studies.

Foreign language skills provide sharp edge in the job market
The International Business Times reported that job seekers with bilingual skills could look forward to a profusion of opportunities in the coming year.

Second Language Key to Success
"Mounting evidence suggests that learning a second language can be the key to a student's success, supporting everything from increased cognitive function to higher rates of success in school and in the careers that come afterward," reports The Huffington Post, based on statistics gathered by Middlebury Interactive Languages.

Language Placement Test
This online test helps determine the appropriate course level for your language study.

What happens in the brain when you learn a language?
Learning a foreign language can increase the size of your brain. This is what Swedish scientists discovered when they used brain scans to monitor what happens when someone learns a second language.

Going Abroad Makes You More Creative
According to the latest scientific research reported in The Atlantic, traveling abroad and living in a foreign culture stimulate the brain's creative capacities.

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In Print

Recent books by department faculty

Irony on Occasion: From Schlegel and Kierkegaard to Derrida and de Man

Professor Kevin Newmark
Irony on Occasion: From Schlegel and Kierkegaard to Derrida and de Man
. New York: Fordham University Press, 2012.

Jorge de Montemayor: Poesía selecta

Professor Elizabeth Rhodes
Jorge de Montemayor: Poesía selecta, editor. Barcelona: Castalia, 2012.

Faculty Profiles

Régine Jean-Charles

Régine M. Jean-Charles, Assistant Professor of French, joined the department in 2008.

photo of Franco Mormando

Franco Mormando, Professor of Italian, joined the department in 1994.

photo of Elizabeth Rhodes

Elizabeth Rhodes, Professor of Hispanic Studies, joined the department in 1987.