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French and Francophone Studies Resources

Guide to Resources in French & Francophone Literature and History

Featured Project at Duke

Collecting research materials from and about Europe in all European languages has long been a high priority at both Duke University Libraries and at the University Library at UNC Chapel Hill. The European collections support vibrant programs in all disciplines, including business and economics, cultural and visual studies, history of science and medicine, history, literary study, music, philosophy, political science, public policy, and religion. In addition to supporting individual academic departments, the European Collections are also part of the life of two European Studies Centers (UNC is a Title VI Center), two Medieval and Renaissance Centers, the National Humanities Center, and two other TRLN (Triangle Research Libraries Network) institutions: North Carolina Central University (an HBCU), and North Carolina State University. 

The Francophone Digital Humanities Initiative is a research and teaching initiative conceived by a group of Duke critics. It creates a new ensemble of digital surrogates in response to the need for sources available in French. The form is open access, to ensure a wide public, and the materials are combined to outline Francophone culture in an unprecedented and inventive way.

The Francophone DH map of resources is remarkably broad; from collections in the French-speaking Americas to Europe; from Durham, North Carolina to Turin, Italy; Port-au- Prince, Haiti to Paris, France. It extends to smaller, key archives where the handwritten, printed, and audiovisual resources are also found. 

The FDH timeline is equally expansive: contemporary to pre-modern times, the two World Wars to the Enlightenment, the 1960s to the post-war period. It encompasses major occasions of creative activity in modern, pre-modern and contemporary culture as we think with them today.

Featured Exhibit at Duke

Comics and Propaganda : France 1939-1944

La Bande Dessinée et la Propagande France: 1939-1944

An exhibit designed by students in the course "Comics and Culture: Images of Modern France in the Making," Professor Clare Tufts,  (French 414 and Visual and Media Studies 312). the course is taught every year.


Creator: Heidi Madden, PhD MLS

Upkeep and Revisions: Mbenoye Diagne, 2016

Upkeep and Revisions: Rachel James, Trinity 2014