The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Bowdoin engages students and faculty in a variety of collaborative pedagogical and research experiences and approaches to further expand knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of Francophone, Italian, and Hispanic cultures.
Francophone studies scholar Katherine Dauge-Roth coedits a collection of essays examining this relatively new area of academic study. Whether it’s through tattooing, branding, beauty marks, or scarring, by the eighteenth century, skin markings had become an important mark of identity, she says.
Bowdoin will be staging its first bilingual main season production next year, a reimaginingof the seventeenth-century Spanish comedia classic, Valor, Outrage, and Woman, by Ana Caro de Mallén. Auditions are coming up, and you don’t have to be bilingual to take part.
With the help of a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities, French literature and history scholar Katherine Dauge-Roth is in France over the break, exploring how attitudes toward skin color were shaped in the seventeenth century and why this remains important.