Columbia Department of French

NEWS

Congratulations to the Columbia undergraduate and graduate students who participated in the 2023 Choix Goncourt-US under the mentorship of Laurence Marie! By a stroke of good luck, Makenzy Orcel, author of “Une somme humaine” this year's winning book, happened to be in New York to meet the student judges from Columbia, Duke, MIT, NYU, Princeton, Yale and UVA. View photos on Facebook.

Congratulations to senior French majors Mckenzy Metter and Rosa McCann, who have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

The Department congratulates Sophia Mo, who has accepted a position as Assistant Professor (tenure track) in the Department of French, Francophone & Italian Studies with a courtesy appointment in the Department of African and African-American Studies at the University of Kansas.

Tommaso Manfredini has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of French Studies at Wesleyan University. Congratulations!

Congratulations to André Pettman, winner of the 2023 Prix recherche au présent, which is awarded to the best graduate paper submitted at the 20th and 21st-century French Studies conference. His paper was titled “Vivre Sans: Deserting Capitalism, Governance and Identity in Les Renards Pâles de Y. Haenel.” 

The Department warmly congratulates Molly Lindberg on the successful defense of her doctoral dissertation, “La Mort dans l’âme” : The Ethics of Writing Violence, Trauma, and Recovery in Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa, on March 20, 2023.

We congratulate Soraya Limare who has been awarded a Heyman Center Fellowship for 2023-2024.

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Recent Publications

Nostalgie: Histoire d'une émotion mortelle
Nostalgie: Histoire d'une émotion mortelle

Au début du XIXe siècle, on « avait » la nostalgie comme on avait le typhus, et on en mourait souvent. Ce livre raconte l’histoire de cette émotion mortelle, depuis le premier diagnostic posé en 1688 jusqu’à sa disparition à la fin de la Belle Époque.

Book jacket: Le fagot de ma mémoire: De Saint-Louis à New York, itinéraire d'un philosophe musulman
Le fagot de ma mémoire: De Saint-Louis à New York, itinéraire d'un philosophe musulman

The philosopher and professor retraces his life between Saint-Louis-du-Senegal, Ziguinchor, Dakar, Paris, Chicago, New York, places that formed this man of three continents.

book jacket: STOLEN SONG
STOLEN SONG: How the Troubadours Became French
STOLEN SONG: How the Troubadours Became French

Eliza Zingesser's Stolen Song documents the cultural appropriation of troubadour song as French, elaborating a new approach to questions of political and cultural identity.