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Research in French

The French group at Cambridge produces world-leading research in a very wide range of areas in French Studies (French literature from early medieval texts to contemporary French writing, the history of the language and linguistics, early modern and modern French thought, cultural history, and cinema). Cutting-edge international research is fostered in an environment that provides exceptional research facilities and extensive opportunities for exchange and debate in seminars and colloquia. Mentoring and close collaboration have facilitated the cohesion of a changing and dynamic community of researchers who carry forward a long tradition of excellence. The intellectual breadth of Cambridge French is reflected in its various thriving research areas:

History of the French Language and French Linguistics; Early and Late Medieval French and Occitan; Renaissance and Neo-Latin studies; Early Modern French; Nineteenth-century Cultural History; Modern French Thought and Philosophy; Film and Visual Culture.

Research Projects

 

Medieval Francophone Literary Culture Outside France

This project was awarded a substantial research grant of £850,652 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to investigate the nature of multiple francophone literary cultures, centred not on France (often meaning Paris) but on two other important axes for the transmission of francophone textual culture: one that goes from England across Flanders, Burgundy and beyond; and another across the Alps to Northern Italy, into the Mediterranean and further afield to Cyprus and the Levant.  Project outputs will include an on-line database, a series of seminars and conferences, publications, and an exhibit at the Cambridge University Library.  It will run until September 2014 and includes four investigators:  Simon Gaunt (PI, King's London), Bill Burgwinkle (Cambridge French), Jane Gilbert (University College London), and Paul Vetch (Centre for Computing in the Humanities, KCL); two Research Associates: Nicola Morato (Cambridge) and Dirk Schoenaers (UCL); and a Research student, David Murray (MML alumnus in French and German, now at KCL).

Latest News

MMLL Annual Faculty Lecture 2019

24 October 2019

The Modern and Medieval Languages Annual Faculty Lecture ‘French Studies in Cambridge – Past, Present and Future’ will be given by Professor Michael Moriarty. This will take place on Thursday 24 October 2019 at Peterhouse. Tickets can be booked online via the Festival of Ideas website at https://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac...

Modern French Research Seminar 2019/2020

2 October 2019

The Modern French Research Seminar will take place fortnightly from 1.15 to 2.30 pm in the Parker Room, Corpus Christi College. The programme for Michaelmas Term 2019 is available here

Cambridge Medieval Literature and Culture Seminar 2019-20

1 October 2019

The Cambridge Medieval Literature and Culture Seminar (founded during the academic year 2017-2018) is an open space for scholars from Cambridge, the UK, and beyond to present their papers, followed by discussion. The seminar is made possible by the generous funding of the AHRC DTP for student-led group research; it meets...

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