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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.

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.

Latest News

Dr Solange Manche awarded Society for French Studies Post-Doctoral Fellowship

22 May 2024

Congratulations to Dr Solange Manche, who has been awarded The Society for French Studies 2024-25 Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Her project includes both the reworking and publication of her doctoral thesis and the development of a new postdoctoral project provisionally entitled ‘Planning for a Better Life in the Anthropocene...

Postgraduate Student wins Society of Dix-Neuviémistes' Prize

22 April 2024

Ellamae Lepper, one of our current PhD students in French, was awarded the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes' Postgraduate Prize . The Society of Dix-Neuviémistes (SDN) Postgraduate Prize is awarded for the best postgraduate conference paper submitted for the Society’s Annual Conference . Her paper was titled 'Veiling and...

Postgraduate student wins Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France paper prize

25 March 2024

We are proud to share that Ry Montgomery has just won the ASMCF Postgraduate Paper Prize for their paper, 'Sous les pavés, le Souk: reframing (re)public(an) space in the cinema of Lionel Soukaz’.

MMLL student wins Brian Darling Memorial Essay Prize Competition

15 March 2024

We are proud to share that Georgia Goble has won the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASMCF) Brian Darling Memorial Essay Prize Competition with her essay on Loridan-Ivens, Ernaux and Levinas.

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