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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.

We are delighted to announce that on the occasion of Paul LeClerc’s retirement as Trustee, the Mellon Foundation has pledged to establish two endowments at Columbia.The Paul LeClerc Centennial Fund will support the operations of the Maison Française. The Paul LeClerc Fund for French Studies will support conferences organized by faculty from the Department of French. Paul LeClerc is a Columbia University alumnus, French M.A. and PhD. The Department of French is extremely grateful for his generosity.

Congratulations to Professor Pierre Force for receiving a fellowship at the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton for the 2014-15 academic year. He will work on a book project entitled Wealth and Disaster: Atlantic Migrations from a Pyrenean Town in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.
Bio: Pierre Force.

We are delighted to welcome Eliza Zingesser (PhD Princeton) who has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of French.
Bio: Eliza Zingesser

Congratulations to Professor Joanna Stalnaker for receiving a 2014 Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award. Established in 2005 by University Trustee Gerry Lenfest (Law ’58), the awards are given annually to recognize faculty exhibiting unusual merit across a range of professorial activities -- including scholarship, University citizenship and professional involvement -- with a primary emphasis on the instruction and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. Professor Stalnaker will be honored along with the other recipients at an award dinner on March 27.


Professor Antoine Compagnon is featured in Télérama magazine.


Proust Reread / Proust Relu
Du côté de chez Swann at 100

On October 4th and 5th, renowned international scholars and writers addressed the questions of why and how Proust has been read, reread, translated and interpreted in different contexts over the past hundred years; conference program.

The proceedings will be published in a special issue of the Romanic Review.

Professor Compagnon's "Un été avec Montaigne" among the best-sellers in France this summer
Columbia University in the City of New 
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