2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Romance Languages & Literatures (RLL)

Romance Languages & Literatures

910 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4620
Ph: 716-645-2191
F: 716-645-5981
W: rll.buffalo.edu
Dr. Elizabeth Scarlett
Chair
Dr. Maureen Jameson
Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Learning Environment

RLL courses are taught in the target language from the first day of the first class. Every session is highly interactive, with students encouraged to speak several times, both spontaneously and when called on. In introductory classes, instructors model usage and pronunciation and the class repeats and practices until the new pattern is learned. As students move through the curriculum, their participation evolves; students perform original skits as well as scenes from established dramatic works, and in advanced classes they present their research findings to the class and respond to feedback, all in the target language. The RLL curriculum emphasizes language mastery as well as the development of analytical skill, literary analysis, and cultural knowledge. Current events, whether in Marseilles or Mexico City or Quebec or Rome, are a focus throughout the curriculum. Courses are small in size. Graduate teaching assistants or adjunct faculty staff most 100-level and some 200-level classes, and regular faculty staff virtually all 300- and 400-level courses.

About Our Facilities

RLL recently updated its departmental classroom to provide state-of-the-art audio visual technology for classroom presentations, lectures and films. The department also has a Québec Studies seminar room with specially dedicated materials and equipment available to support film study. A spacious conference room serves for meetings and oral exams. All regular classrooms are equipped with up-to-date computing and display technology and are linked by a T1 connection to the Internet. Secure wifi is ubiquitous on campus.

About Our Faculty

The breadth of faculty specializations in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and a pan-Romance model make for an actively interdisciplinary research and teaching agenda which promotes linguistic, literary, cultural, and visual literacies. We have emerging interests in Catalan and Portuguese, with cross-disciplinary strengths in Iberian and Latin American Studies, Francophone Canadian, Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Studies, Early Modern Studies, as well as Cultural, Postcolonial, Gender, Disability, and Urban and Landscape Studies, in addition to Poetry, Theater and Performance, Film, and Romance Linguistics. RLL faculty contribute to interdisciplinary initiatives such as UB’s Humanities Institute, the Gender Institute, the Early Modern Reading Group, Poetics and Canadian Studies. 

RLL graduate students are productive and high achieving. They have successfully competed for UB Presidential scholarships; been short-listed for Fulbright and Ford fellowships; received CAS and Humanities Institute dissertation writing grants; had papers accepted in major disciplinary conferences, and articles accepted for publication at peer-reviewed journals. They organize an annual conference and publish its proceedings.   

Full time tenured/tenure track RLL faculty: 16
Teaching assistants: 22
Adjunct faculty: 8

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Romance Languages and Literatures faculty website for additional information about our faculty.

RLL Courses


  • RLL 150LR Avant Gardes
    Lecture

    This course will be taught on a rotational basis with faculty from COL, ART and RLL. Beginning in the late 19th Century a new cultural movement was born: the avant garde. This course seeks to understand how and why art and literature that deliberately challenged popular understanding came to be dominant. This course will introduce you to the main currents of 19th and 20th Century avant garde history, theory, and aesthetic practice. Grounding our approach in the specific geographic and historical conditions that gave rise to these individual movements, we will explore their expression through a wide variety of mediums including art and visual culture, literature, poetry, music, and film. We will read both primary and secondary documents as we grapple with these movements? modernist and revolutionary agendas in order to assess their successes and failures and evaluate their impacts and legacies.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • RLL 175LEC Indigenous Cultures of Latin America Through the Lens of Theatre
    Lecture

    This course explores the history of Amerindian theatre in the Spanish Americas in the Early Modern period (late 15th-18th century) and its relationship to contemporary Native American expression in Latin America and the American Southwest. Key study areas will be: the diverse Mayan regions of Central America; the Andes, in both Inca-influenced and non-Incan indigenous spheres; and the colonial Southwest, called "La Gran Cjhichimeca" in the colonial period, and home to traditions of sacred and secular theatre of Hopi, Dine, and Northern Mexico's Nahua-speaking peoples. From the 16th-century "dances of the Conquest" staged by Andean peoples with the help of renegade Spaniards, to contemporary production of Mayan and Southwestern pre-Conquest drama, re-staged and re-tooled to reflect current political concerns, we will study how the comp-lex nature of Latin American drama reflects itself in the use and innovation of these ancient forms of living Native American theatre. Influences both on and from Spanish Golden Age drama will also illuminate aspects of the reception of New World culture in Renaissance-era Europe, including the internal dissent regarding Empire within Spanish colonial opinion.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • RLL 191LEC Special Topics in Spanish Language
    Lecture

    A variable credit course to review some aspect(s) of Spanish language for students who need a refresher or to improve their knowledge in order to satisfactorily move up to the next proficiency level course. This course may not count for General Education or major Foreign Language requirements.

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Winter
  • RLL 192LEC Special Topics in French Language
    Lecture

    A variable credit course to review some aspect(s) of French language for students who need a refresher or to improve their knowledge in order to satisfactorily move up to the next proficiency level course. This course may not count for General Education or major Foreign Language requirements.

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Winter
  • RLL 193LEC Special Topics in Italian Language
    Lecture

    A variable credit course to review some aspect(s) of Italian language for students who need a refresher or to improve their knowledge in order to satisfactorily move up to the next proficiency level course. This language may not count for General Education or major Foreign Language requirements.

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Winter
  • RLL 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • RLL 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • RLL 411LEC Syntax of Romance
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • RLL 496TUT Internship
    Tutorial

    Hands-on experience in language and cultural studies at institutions and community organizations in the Western New York area.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: At least two 300-level courses in FR, SPA, ITA, or GER.
Published: August 08, 2018 08:10:53 AM