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Department of French

Welcome to the Department of French

The Department of French is one of the largest in the country, and the French course one of the most varied. Many members of the Department are leading researchers in their specialist fields.

We try to get to know as many of you as possible and we make every effort to help you get the best from your course. Enquiries should be directed in the first instance to the Secretary of the Department, Esther Palmer, but I hope that you will find all of us very approachable.

We are extremely proud of the reputation of the Department which has consistently been judged outstanding in both teaching and research. As you join us, we wish you every success.

On these pages you can find out about:

Undergraduate courses

Postgraduate courses

Teaching staff and their research interests

Research students

Department news

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Latest News

Online thesis published

17 November 2016

Hannah Mowat, a former PhD student in the French department, has made her thesis, 'Gesture and the cinéaste : Akerman/Agamben, Varda/Warburg', available online via the University's online repository. Her thesis can be found at

French Linguistics Research Seminar

24 October 2016

The next meeting of the French Linguistics Research Seminar will take place on Thursday November 24th at 5.15pm in Room 8/9 of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Sidgwick Site). Thomas A. Klingler (Tulane University) will give a talk entitled 'The Creole Language and its Relationship to French in Louisiana'...

Medieval French Seminar 2016/2017

24 October 2016

The programme for the Medieval French Seminar 2016/2017 is now available at ​ All meetings will start at 5 pm and will take place in the Audit Room, King's College. For further information please contact Blake Gutt: or Giulia Boitani: gb523 @