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Francophone Studies

Bibliothèque nationale de France

Francophone Studies examines the cultures and literatures of the French-speaking countries and regions of Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Americas.  Research in the department includes study of the Medieval and Renaissance periods of France and the Mediterranean world through the cultural movements of the 17th-19th centuries, to modern and contemporary literature, film, and performance, with focuses on philology, poetics, translation, visual culture, Islam, and French, Caribbean, and West African cultural production. 

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Professor Rachel Gabara has been named the first Nancy Gillespie Brinning Professor in French.  The Department of Romance Languages is delighted to congratulate Professor Gabara and to celebrate Mrs. Brinning's legacy.


Twentieth and twenty-first century literature, film, and theory in French; African cinema; documentary film; postcolonial studies.

17th and 18th century French literature, French encounters with the Islamicate world, Mediterranean Studies. 

Specialization in Renaissance humanism, humanist pedagogy, epistolography and paleography. Current research project: Claude Dodieu: Lettres et papiers (working title).

French literature, 19th-century poetics and æsthetics.

French and Francophone literatures and culture, theatre studies and community-based theatre, Francophone Caribbean women writers.

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