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The Department of French and Romance Philology

Welcome to the Department of French and Romance Philology at Columbia University. Since its founding in 1890, the Department has been a thriving point of contact for scholars from around the world. Comprised of distinguished professors with a broad range of specializations related to French and Francophone literature and culture, and consistently attracting some of the top graduate students from around the globe, the Department continues to uphold its tradition of dedication to teaching and cutting-edge research.


In Memoriam Professor Philip Watts



Proust Reread / Proust Relu: Du côté de chez Swann at 100
Renowned international scholars and writers address the questions of why and how Proust has been read, reread, translated and interpreted in different contexts over the past hundred years.

Conference Program



  • Congratulations to alumnus Paul LeClerc (PhD, French) on his nomination to the position of Director of Columbia's Europe Global Center in Paris. President Bollinger's announcement: University News.
  • We are thrilled to report that our students have secured the following tenure track jobs: Mehammed Mack (Smith College), Jason Earle (Sarah Lawrence College), Toby Wikström (Tulane University), Annelle Curulla (Williams College). Congratulations to all on your accomplishments in a very difficult job market!
Emmanuelle Saada wins Columbia Distinguished Faculty Award
We are delighted to announce that Professor Emmanuelle Saada received the Columbia Distinguished Faculty Award established by alumnus and Trustee Gerry Lenfest. The prize recognizes Emmanuelle's outstanding teaching and her wide-ranging and innovative interdisciplinary research.
Antoine Compagnon receives the Prix Claude Lévi-Strauss

Congratulations to Antoine Compagnon who received the very prestigious Prix Claude Lévi-Strauss. The prize is given by the Ministre de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, with the goal of recognizing the entire work of a scholar in the field of the Humanities or the Social Sciences.

  • Pascale Hubert-Leibler honored by Embassy of France Congratulations to Pascale Hubert-Leibler who has just been made Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques for her outstanding work at Columbia and beyond.
Professor Debaene’s new book receives two prizes
Congratulations to Professor Vincent Debaene whose book L’Adieu au voyage (Gallimard, 2010) has been awarded the 2011 Louis-Castex prize in history and sociology by the Académie française, and the 2011 Joseph-Saillet prize by the Académie des Sciences morales et politiques.
Professor Diagne’s Bergson postcolonial wins award
The French Académie des Sciences morales et politiques has awarded the Dagnan-Bouveret Prize to Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne's latest book, Bergson postcolonial. L'elan vital dans la pensee de L'eopold Sedar Senghor et de Mohamed Iqbal. The prize will be officially received by Souleymane Bachir Diagne when the Academy convenes for its opening session on Monday, November 14.
Professor Stalnaker's book receives Kenshur Prize
Congratulations to Professor Joanna Stalnaker whose book The Unfinished Enlightenment has just been awarded the Kenshur Prize ("to be awarded for an outstanding monograph of interest to eighteenth-century scholars working in a range of disciplines") by the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University.
  • Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne awarded the 2011 Prix Edouard Glissant. This prestigious prize is awarded to Professor Diagne by the Agence universitaire de la francophonie, the Maison de l’Amérique latine, the Institut Tout-Monde and the University of Paris 8, Vincennes in recognition of his outstanding philosophical work as well as of his commitment to promoting dialogue between different cultures. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday June 8, 2011 at the Maison de l’Amérique latine in Paris.
We are pleased to announce the publication of Sylvie Lefèvre's co-edited edition of L’Heptaméron. Read more . . .
Professor Madeleine Dobie republishes and comments on Mayotte Capécia's novels.

We are pleased to announce the English-language translation of Professor Saada's book. "Empire's Children: Race, Filiation, and Citizenship in the French Colonies" was published in February by the University of Chicago Press with a translation by Arthur Goldhammer.


We are pleased to announce the Turkish language translation of Professor Vincent Debaene’s book Claude Lévi-Strauss: l'homme au regard éloigné (co-authored with Frédéric Keck).


Professor Sylvie Lefèvre co-edits volume on Medieval Translations.

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Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne publishes new book.

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We are pleased to announce the Spanish language translation of Professor Elisabeth Ladenson's book Proust's Lesbianism.




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