French Language and Literature

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

Getting Started

Your best place to start is JHU's French Language + Literature Databases. Particularly useful for general literary research in French are:

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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.
  • 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.