The University of Minnesota is one of the largest research institutions in the United States. We offer a comprehensive range of academic programs and the opportunity to work with faculty doing pace-setting research in a variety of disciplines.
Graduate studies at the U of M are interdisciplinary, offering many opportunities to work collaboratively in coursework, research projects, or scholarly events in numerous academic centers.
The Department of French and Italian promotes innovative research in French and Francophone literature and culture through its sponsorship of the journal L’Esprit Créateur. Founded more than fifty years ago at the University of Minnesota by John Erickson, the journal returned home in 2003 and is edited by Dan Brewer and Mária Brewer.
With over five million volumes, the University of Minnesota Libraries constitute a world-class research center, ranking fifteenth among academic research libraries in North America. The University’s libraries include some 130,000 French titles and subscriptions to more than 250 French periodicals.
You can make use of several rich collections of rare books, maps, and manuscripts, including the James Ford Bell collection documenting European expansion and immigration, and the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, with 48,000 rare books and manuscripts dating from the early 1400’s to 1920. Other nearby humanities research centers include the Newberry Library in Chicago, and the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library at St. John's University.
Director of Graduate Studies in French
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Further information is available from the Graduate School
The challenges—and rewards—of interdisciplinary work
Probing new frontiers is both difficult and rewarding. For Corbin Treacy, a graduate student in French whose work focuses on Algeria’s tumultuous public life following the country’s independence from France in 1962, crossing disciplinary boundaries means learning the landscapes of Algeria’s political climate, economy, and intellectual culture, in addition to theories of memory, transitional justice, and historiography.Continue Reading
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Congratulations to Mary Franklin-Brown:
The American Comparative Literature Association has awarded the 2103 Harry Levin Prize to Mary Franklin-Brown, Associate Professor in French and Italian, for her book Reading the World: Encyclopedic Writing in the Scholastic Age (University of Chicago).Continue Reading