Cajun Mardi Gras in Tee-Mamou LSUDFS Arnaudville Cajun French Immersion Week Graduate student Jeanne Jegousso attended a conference in Guadeloupe PhD student Nadia Miscoweic visits Morocco as often as she can.


    Welcome to the Department of French Studies!

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    The Department of French Studies works together with the Center for French and Francophone Studies, an independent but closely allied unit, to put the Louisiana State University French program at the forefront of study of French and Francophone literatures, language, and cultures. In recognition of this, the French Embassy to the United States has designated the CFFS as a centre d'excellence, an honor given to only 15 university French programs in the United States.


    Our research, scholarship and instruction reflects the historical significance of Francophone languages and cultures for Louisiana, as well as the leadership provided by French studies in the European intellectual tradition. Louisiana State University, an integral part of the Baton Rouge community, is situated at the crossroads of the Francophone world; our Cajun and Creole history links us to France, to Canada, to Africa, and to the Caribbean.


    We offer an extensive range of undergraduate and graduate courses covering the entire history of metropolitan French literature and culture, from medieval epic to contemporary prose, poetry, philosophy, theater, and film, in addition to courses covering Francophone literatures and cultures of North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, and North America, including both Quebec and Louisiana. A wide range of theoretical perspectives are represented in the teaching and research interests of the faculty, fostering the interdisciplinary study of literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, feminism, gender theory, semiotics, post-structuralism, and the visual arts. Our linguistics faculty members offer courses and conduct research in phonetics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, second-language acquisition, and Louisiana variations of French and English.


    The French language and culture, in both its Cajun and Creole aspects, is central to the life of Louisiana. Our program is committed to increasing public awareness and appreciation of our state’s French and Francophone heritage in four primary ways: 1) by the Center for French and Francophone Studies, which supports international scholars working with the extensive holdings of the Hill Memorial Library, and sponsors international and bilingual colloquia on Franco-Louisiana history; 2) by the National Science Foundation-funded research of Sylvie Dubois and her team of graduate students, who have developed a massive computerized database of Cajun French; 3) by our online journal, edited by Alexandre Leupin, Mondes Francophones; and 4) by offering an undergraduate Cajun Studies program leading to a minor in Cajun French.


    The program offers student and faculty exchange programs with the Université de Poitiers, the Université de Limoges, the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and the Université d’Aix-Marseille. We attract a nationally and internationally diverse student body, with recent students from France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Gabon, and Canada, as well as from across the United States.






    -Student Spotlight

        Graduate Student Gina Breen

    News and Events

    One of our graduate students, Gretchen Tressler, has been named a finalist for the 2015 Presidential Management Fellows Program, a very competitive and prestigious program administered by the US Office of Personnel Management. Congratulations on your achievement, Gretchen!

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    Dr. John Protevi will be Distinguished Visiting Professor at Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities next Tuesday, April 7th, 2015.

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    Thursday 22 Jan 3 pm, 424 Hodges: Leslie Tuttle, LSU History, lecturing on “Dreams, Sense, and Nonsense in 17th century France.”


    Friday 23 January, 3 -5 pm, LSU Faculty Club: Memorial service for Professor Jeff Humphries:


    Thursday 5 February, Friends of French Studies Annual Dinner, Baton Rouge Country Club


    Thursday 12 Feb, 3pm, 424 Hodges, Deborah Goldgaber, LSU Philosophy. Lecture title TBA.


    Thursday – Saturday 26 – 28 Feb, 20th – 21st century French and Francophone Studies conference, BR Hilton:!home-english/c1mjo


    Friday 6 March, 3 pm, 424 Hodges: Helen Regis, LSU Anthropology, lecturing on “Subsistence practices in Coastal Louisiana”


    Friday – Saturday 13-14 March, LSU Union, Graduate Student conference:


    Thursday 26 March, 3pm, 424 Hodges, Olivier Mathieu, Université de Montréal and University of New Mexico. Lecture title TBA


    Thursday 23 April, 3pm, 424 Hodges, Fredrika Spindler, Williams College. Lecture title TBA.


    Friday 24 April, 3pm, DFS Awards Ceremony, 103 Design Building

    The Department of French Studies will host a lecture by Jay Murphy (PhD, Aberdeen, 2011) Thursday, December 4th at 3pm on the work of Antonin Artaud. Murphy is a screenwriter as well as cultural and intellectual critic. His website can be found here. The lecture will take place on LSU campus, in 324 Hodges Hall.

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