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Resources

The French section of the Faculty Library is likely to provide undergraduates with most of the books they need for their studies in Part IA, Part IB and Part II. The total holdings in French are around 12,000 volumes, and multiple copies of the most frequently used books are bought where possible. However, suggestions for new books are always welcomed, and should be made to Mrs Hélène Fernandes (hk225@cam.ac.uk), the MMLL Teaching and Learning Support Librarian, or to any of the Library staff. Undergraduates are represented on the Library Committee, which meets once a term to consider issues relating to the Library. The Library also houses a number of computers and an increasing stock of French films on DVD and Blu-ray.

The University Library is one of the five copyright libraries in the U.K., and provides excellent facilities for French studies. Most books relating to French literature are located on North Wing 5. Finding books can take a little time, until you become used to the system. Within the stacks, books are arranged according to one of four sizes (a, b, c, d) as well as to subject, and bound periodicals are separated from other books.

The Language Centre, in Downing Place, provides access to satellite TV, as well as a very wide range of other material in French: grammatical courses, including Computer-Aided Language Learning material; pronunciation exercises; general listening and viewing material, etc. Recordings are made each evening from French TV for private viewing throughout the week. There are also copies of French films.

 

French Film Collection

There is a collection of some 500 French films on DVD and Blu-ray available for borrowing by all staff and students in the department.

Opening hours are 12.30 - 2.30 pm on Thursdays in Full Term.

The catalogue of the collection is available for consultation online.

You will need a username and password to view the catalogue; please contact Esther Palmer for this information.

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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.

Book publication

16 July 2021

Dr Emma Claussen, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the French Section, has had her book Politics and 'Politiques' in Sixteenth-Century France published by Cambridge University Press. More information about the book can be found at https://cup.org/2URf8G2

Book prize success

7 June 2021

Recent books by two members of the French Section have been highly praised in this year’s Gapper Book Prize, run by the Society for French Studies.

Annalisa Nicholson awarded the Laming Junior Research Fellowship at The Queen's College, Oxford

2 June 2021

We are proud to share that Annalisa Nicholson has been awarded the Laming Junior Research Fellowship at The Queen's College, Oxford.

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