EFL Welcomes New Spanish Professor Marta Albalá Pelegrín

Marta leafs through a book.

Marta Albalá Pelegrín joins the department beginning in Fall 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Spanish. Marta, who specializes in the literature and theater of Early Modern Spain (1500-1800), will teach courses in her area as well as survey courses in Spanish Peninsular Literature and Spanish Civilization. Marta holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures from The Graduate Center (CUNY), as well as B.A.s from the University of Zaragoza and the University of Salamanca (including a year spent at the University of Paris VII). Her research and teaching interests include the formation of fifteenth and sixteenth century "comedia" within the context of Iberian and Mediterranean exchanges, the continuities and discontinuities among Spanish, Italian, French, and English Early Modern Drama, the textual formation of Spanish political and Cultural Networks, the impact of Spanish and Italian diplomatic relationships at the Roman curia in Golden Age Spanish literature, and the visual reconstruction of a performance history of Early Modern Theater. She has published articles in well-regarded professional journals such as Bulletin of Spanish Studies, and has recently completed a chapter for the edited volume Exile and the Formation of Religious Identities in the Early Modern World (1500-1800) (2014). She has received fellowships and grants from the Folger Shakespeare Library and McGill University to participate in interdisciplinary workshops and seminars on English Early Modern Drama and the creation of Early Modern "publics". She is now working on her book manuscript: Entertaining the Pope: International Diplomacy and Communities in Western Mediterranean Plays (1470-1530). Future projects include a series on the eighteenth century English translator Captain Stevens, and his translations of Spanish Early Modern bestsellers as a site in which to voice Catholic and minority religious ideas.


Professor Dewey Hall's New Book to be Released in October

John Duvall

In his study of Romantic naturalists and early environmentalists, Dewey W. Hall asserts that William Wordsworth and Ralph Waldo Emerson were transatlantic literary figures who were both influenced by the English naturalist Gilbert White. In Part I, Hall examines evidence that as Romantic naturalists interested in meteorology, Wordsworth and Emerson engaged in proto-environmental activity that drew attention to the potential consequences of the locomotive's incursion into Windermere and Concord. In Part II, Hall suggests that Wordsworth and Emerson shaped the early environmental movement through their work as poets–turned–naturalists, arguing that Wordsworth influenced Octavia Hill’s contribution to the founding of the United Kingdom’s National Trust in 1895, while Emerson inspired John Muir to spearhead the United States’ National Parks movement in 1890. Hall’s book traces the connection from White as a naturalist–turned–poet to Muir as the quintessential early environmental activist who camped in Yosemite with President Theodore Roosevelt. Throughout, Hall raises concerns about the growth of industrialization to make a persuasive case for literature's importance to the rise of environmentalism.


An integrated department of languages, literatures, linguistics, and cultures, EFL offers programs rich in multi-disciplinary synergies that uniquely prepare students for graduate study and the globalized workplace. Our literature programs feature English and American traditions, Spanish and Latin American traditions, and world traditions. Our foreign languages program includes Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. We also offer programs in English Education, TESL, English Composition, and Spanish Linguistics. Our English M.A. program routinely places graduates in teaching positions at area colleges and universities and in Ph.D. programs nationwide.

First-Year Writing/"Stretch" Composition Program

CPP’s English and Foreign Languages Department is proud to roll out the brand new “Stretch Composition” Program to help students meet their University first-year writing requirement. Details about the new composition program can be found on our new Stretch website. There you can also find information about Directed Self Placement through Poly Placement Options, and learn about our Composition Courses.

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