Degrees in French Literature
Welcome to French literature at IUB! Our program is recognized as one of the best French Literature graduate programs in the United States and has been recently ranked in the top ten in the nation by the National Research Council. We have a diverse group of students from different countries who all share the same dedication to French and Francophone Studies.
Our program shines first and foremost thanks to the twelve distinguished faculty whose research and scholarship, highly recognized by their peers at the national and international level, ranges from Medieval literature to Postcolonial and 21st-century French and Francophone Literature and Cinema. In addition to our permanent faculty, our program regularly benefits from the contribution of visiting scholars from the UK, Canada and France such as Éric Méchoulan, Colin Davis, Catriona Seth, and Emmanuel Bouju.
Our curriculum at both the MA and PhD levels offers students a challenging, well-rounded training through a broad range of courses as well as qualifying examinations. Graduate students benefit from the strong interdisciplinary profile and the exceptional resources unique to the Bloomington campus. The unmatched breadth of our graduate courses and seminars along with intensive faculty mentoring and rigorous pedagogical training contribute to our students' success on the job market. We boast an excellent placement record. Our recent alumni hold tenure-track positions in liberal arts colleges such as Davidson College as well as research universities such as Yale University.
Congenial relations between the members of our program and constant interaction with faculty in the Student-Faculty Forum and Groupes de recherches ensures our students' professionalization.
Home to one of the five most beautiful campuses in the US, Bloomington is a truly cosmopolitan town, renowned for its world-class musical and artistic events while retaining all the charm and quality of life of a college town.
Professor Oana Panaïté
Director of Graduate Studies in French Literature