Columbia Department of French

NEWS

We warmly congratulate André Pettman on the successful defense of his doctoral dissertation, All Things Commune: The Communal Imaginary in 21st-Century French Fiction & Poetry.

On May 6, 2024, Brooke Habit, Sara Rani Reddy and Max Salata presented their research in a panel of graduate students in French whose work has been generously sponsored by the Paul Leclerc Fund in honor of Otis Fellows and Jean Sareil in 2023-2024.

Congratulations to Soraya LImare who is the recipient of the 2023-2024 Contemporary Civilization Preceptor Teaching Award. Soraya was nominated by several of her students, and selected by the student representatives of the Committee on the Core. We are delighted by this great news.

We mourn the passing of Maryse Condé (1934-2024), Professor Emerita of French and a celebrated novelist.

Congratulations to Benjamin Olivennes on the successful defense of his doctoral dissertation, A modern antimodern: Yves Bonnefoy's critique of 20th century art!

Professor Dobie was selected as an inaugural recipient of the Division of Humanities Award for Academic Excellence on March 6, 2024. Congratulations!

We congratulate Professor Camille Robcis, winner of the 2024 Frantz Fanon Outstanding Book Award for Disalienation: Politics, Philosophy, and Radical Psychiatry in Postwar France, from The Caribbean Philosophical Association!

Congratulations go out to Laurence Marie for receiving a Villa Albertine and Albertine Foundation Translation award for her book Inventer l'acteur!

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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.