Teaching Assistantships

Romance Studies graduate students are usually assigned a TAship in their second and third years of study. Graduate students from other fields who are interested in sending an application for a TAship teaching language in Romance Studies, please write and send your CV via e-mail to Mary K Redmond, Associate Chair. Download the TA Manual or see the TAship Overview page for more information.

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Whereas graduate students in many French departments teach only language courses, our students have a wide range of teaching opportunities, including French literature courses at the intermediate level and Freshman Writing Seminars on topics of their own choosing and design.

Recent Freshman Seminars taught by graduate students in French include

  • Monstrous Literature and Marginal Representations
  • The Medieval French Hero and its Traditions
  • Wanderers’ Voices, Carnival Cultures, On the Move: Home and Travel in Francophone Literature
  • Women of Letters
  • and A Year in French History: 1933

Graduate students teaching introductory courses in language, literature, and writing meet regularly with the staff supervising those courses in order to discuss pedagogy. Training programs are available in the Department of Romance Studies.


The experience of classroom teaching, with adequate advice, assistance, and supervision, is an essential part of graduate education. Indeed, documentary evidence of such experience (evaluations, letters of recommendation) is indispensable for new Ph.D.s applying for teaching jobs. We make every effort to have all Ph.D. candidates teach Italian language courses for one year and Italian literature for a second.

Scholarly and Professional Training Opportunities


Graduate students, with support from the Department, assume responsibility for organizing an annual symposium called the Entralogos conference around a topic of their choosing. They generally bring to campus three prominent speakers from outside who represent the three sections of the department (French, Italian, and Spanish) but mainly invite contributions from students themselves. The proceedings have frequently been published in booklet form. Entralogos provides the participants with invaluable pre-professional experience in the presentation and publication of their work.

Entralogos is devoted to providing the Cornell community with an intellectual forum for the discussion of issues in Romance literatures and linguistics. We seek to provide graduate students as well as faculty and visiting scholars the opportunity to share their work with a wider audience. To this end, we hold a biennial graduate student conference.

Past conferences have dealt with topics such as machines and machinations (2009), textual visions (2003), literature and surveillance (2002), and journeys, arrivals and their aftermath (2001). Professors Howard Bloch (Yale), Gonzalo Navajas (UC, Irvine), Anthony Geist (U Washington), Georges Van Den Abbeele (UC, Davis), Giancarlo Lombardi (CUNY), Jeffrey Schnapp (Stanford), Ruth Ben-Ghiat (NYU), Thomas Trezise (Princeton) and our own Ciriaco Moron Arroyo have been among the distinguished keynote speakers. Students from institutions such as Rutgers, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, NYU, Yale, California State U, Lehigh U, Toronto, Stony Brook, and others have shared their intellectual inquiries in this forum.


Advanced students can petition to join the Editorial Board of diacritics and participate in reviewing and evaluating submissions. Students have even been responsible for editing special issues of the journal on topics of their choosing.