Department of French and Romance Philology  







Henri Mitterand



Professor Emeritus

Nineteenth-Century French literature

Henri Mitterand, a former fellow of the Ecole normale supérieure, agrégé de l'Université, docteur ès lettres (1969), Professor Emeritus at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Professor Emeritus of French at Columbia, has edited the five volumes of Zola's Rougon-Macquart in the "Bibliothèque de la Pléiade" (éditions Gallimard) and also the fifteen volumes of Zola's Oeuvres complètes with Cercle du Livre précieux, Paris. He served as literary advisor for the publication of Zola's Correspondance, in ten volumes (Editions du CNRS and Presses de l'Université de Montréal). Mitterand is also the author of many books on Émile Zola and other 19th and 20th-century novelists as well as on broad issues such as the novel as a literary genre ( Zola et le naturalisme, Zola, l'Histoire et la fiction, Le Discours du roman, Le Regard et le Signe, L'Illusion réaliste, Le Roman à l'oeuvre). In addition, he has published more than two hundred articles on literature and linguistics. He recently published a three-volume monumental biography of Zola (Paris, éditions Fayard: Grand Prize of the City of Paris, 2000; Prize for Literary Biography, Académie française, 2003). Mitterand is the founder of the Center for Research on Zola and Naturalism (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique). He is the director of the new chronological edition of Zola's Oeuvres complètes (20 volumes, Nouveau Monde Editions, Paris; 10 volumes already published ), and he is currently working on a book on Espace Romanesque. Mitterand is a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, a Commander in the French Order of Arts and Letters, and a Member of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the President of the Société littéraire des amis d'Emile Zola.

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