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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

Natasha Dangoor publishes work in Le Monde during internship

13 October 2021

We're proud to share that current Part II student, Natasha Dangoor, published two articles during her time interning at the French newspaper Le Monde over the summer. If you are interested in reading her work, you can access it here on the Le Monde site:

Cambridge Medieval Literature and Culture Seminar 2021-22

8 October 2021

Cambridge Medieval Literature and Culture Seminar 2021-22 The Cambridge Medieval Literature & Culture Seminar (“CamMedSem”), formerly the Cambridge Medieval French Research Seminar, is an open space for scholars from the University of Cambridge, elsewhere in the UK, and beyond to present their current research...

Dr Jean Khalfa interviews Fanon film-makers

15 September 2021

In connection with the display of their video trilogy, Finding Fanon , as part of the Kettle’s yard exhibition, Untitled: Art on the Conditions of Our Time , artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy were in conversation with leading Fanon scholar Dr Jean Khalfa, of the French Section.

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