French literature and culture sub-programme – introduction

The French literature and culture sub-programme is linked to the teaching and research activities at the French Department of the University of Debrecen. The department has a decades-long tradition of researching various periods and authors of French literature and culture. We could mention such internationally recognized scholars as János Hankiss, the excellent professor of comparative literary scholarship, Tivadar Gorilovics, an outstanding expert of modern French literature, as well as Hungarian-French cultural relations, and Katalin Halász, renowned scholar of medieval French literature. These traditions guarantee the quality of the academic work pursued at the department.

The international embeddedness of the department should also be emphasized: without a claim to be exhaustive, we could mention such partner institutions as Université de Limoges, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Paris I Sorbonne-Panthéon, Université de Nanterre (France), Queen’s University of Belfast (Northern Ireland), Université de Louvain (Belgium), Université de Lleida (Spain), and Université de Bologna (Italy).

Several students have earned their doctoral degrees in the sub-programme over the past decades. Doctoral students can choose from a wide variety of areas ranging from literary history to cultural studies. In the framework of the sub-programme, they can research 18th-, 19th- or 20th-century French literature, literary and cultural theory, the various phenomena of French culture and civilization (press, film, photography), French popular culture (its genres, important authors), the history and theory of poetry, the history of French drama.

Updated: 2020.09.06.

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