French Language and Literature

Resources, both online and elsewhere, for the French language and literature.

The Basics

   It's not Rocket Science
  • You can begin with 2-3 books, and maybe 2-3 articles. The rest is simply data-mining. Use the bibliographies, footnotes, endnotes you find. Follow the path of other researchers.
  • Browsing is still a powerful tool. With 1 or 2 good call numbers, go to the shelves to browse that area. You're sure to find books you weren't even looking for!

Google Scholar

Find scholarly articles easily. It's not everything out there, but it's a lot.

Set your Scholar Preferences for JHU, to be connected to online articles.

Literary Guides

 Encyclopedias of French literature
  • Dictionnaire des littératures de langue française. PQ4 1. B4 1984
  • Dictionnaire des oeuvres de langue française. PQ 41 .B42 1994
  • Dictionnaire des lettres françaises. PQ 41 .D53
  • Guide to French literature, 1789 to the present. PQ 41 .L48 1992
  • The new Oxford companion to literature in French. PQ 41 .N49 1995
  • Columbia Dictionary of Modern European Literature Scroll down the page to "French Literature" link. Also entries for individual writers
  • Encyclopedia of the Novel Scroll down the page to "French Novel" link. Also entries for individual writers
  • New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics Scroll down the page to "French Poetry" link.
  • A history of French literature from chanson de geste to cinema General Reference PQ103.C67 2002

Books on D-level

The main French Language and Literature collections are found on D-level at MSEL under the following call numbers:

  • PH (Compact shelving): Books on French language and literature, cataloged before 7/96.
  • PC 2001-3761 (Blue Label Section): Books on French language cataloged after 7/96.
  • PQ 1-3999 (Blue Label Section): Books on French literature cataloged after 7/96.