New Book and a Conversation with Suzanne Guerlac from the French Department

Check out this new book by Department of French faculty member Suzanne Guerlac, available in print and as an ebook through the online catalog.

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Through an engagement with the philosophies of Marcel Proust’s contemporaries Félix Ravaisson, Henri Bergson, and Georg Simmel, author Suzanne Guerlac presents an original reading of Proust’s magnum opus, Remembrance of Things Past (A la recherche du temps perdu).

On Wednesday, March 10 from 12-1, Professor Guerlac will be a special guest on Berkeley Book Chats hosted online by the Townsend Center for the Humanities.


New publication by Nick Paige from the French Department

Check out this new book by Department of French faculty member Nicholas Paige, available in print and as an ebook through the online catalog.

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From introduction:

“This book is about the evolution of French and to a lesser degree English novels – by which I mean French- and English-language novels – from 1601 to 1830. And while evolution is very much at the center of my preoccupations, I do not offer a “story” about that evolution. There is no plot, as we might want if we thought of the novel moving forward, perhaps from birth, episode by episode, toward a resolution, some happy state of stability – as if, in other words, the novel’s own history could be made into a kind of novel.”

“In lieu of a story, Technologies of the Novel offers a quantitative account of the ceaseless yet patterned flux of the novel system over these twenty-three decades.”

“Technologies of the Novel is, then, digital and distant; but it is most certainly not antianalogue or anticlose.”


French Literary Prize Winners 2019

French Literary Prize Winners 2019

France’s array of literary prizes offer a glimpse of emerging French and francophone writers, and also award accolades to the well-known. The winning titles with hyperlinks on this list provided by Amalivre in Paris are now available for check-out in UC Berkeley’s collection. To view the most recent book purchases across disciplines within French studies, please consult the recent acquisitions list in OskiCat.

Fall Awards Author Title Publisher
Governor General’s Literary Award (roman français) * Céline Huyghebaert Le drap blanc Le Quartanier
Grand prix de la littérature policière * Richard Morgiève Le Cherokee Joëlle Losfeld
Grand prix du roman de l’Académie Française * Laurent Binet Civilizations Grasset
Grand prix du roman métis * Laurent Gaudé Salina: les trois exils Actes sud
Prix Décembre * Claudie Hunziger Les grands cerfs Grasset
Prix de Flore Sofia Aouine Rhapsodie des oubliés La Martinière
Prix de la langue française * Louis-Philippe Dalembert Mur méditerranée Sabine Wespieser
Prix de la nouvelle de l’Académie française * Louis-Antoine Prat Belle encore et autres nouvelles Somogy
Prix des cinq continents de la francophonie * Gilles Jobidon Le tranquille affligé Leméac
Prix du roman FNAC * Bérengère Cournut De pierre et d’os Le Tripode
Prix Femina * Sylvain Prudhomme Par les routes Gallimard
Prix Femina essai * Emmanuelle Lambert Giono, furioso Stock
Prix Goncourt * Jean-Paul Dubois Tous les hommes n’habitent pas le monde de la même façon L’Olivier
Prix Goncourt des lycéens * Karine Tuil Les choses humaines Gallimard
Prix Guillaume Apollinaire (Poetry) * Olivier Barbarant Un grand instant Champ Vallon
Prix Interallié * Karine Tuil Les choses humaines Gallimard
Prix Landernau * Sylvain Prudhomme Par les routes Gallimard
Prix Médicis * Luc Lang La tentation Stock
Prix Médicis essai * Bulle Ogier & Anne Diatkine J’ai oublié Seuil
Prix Renaudot * Sylvain Tesson La panthère des neiges Gallimard
Prix Renaudot des lycéens * Victoria Mas Le bal des folles Albin Michel
Prix Renaudot essai * Eric Neuhoff (Très) cher cinéma français Albin Michel
Prix Senghor du premier roman francophone *
Ester Mann & Levon Minassian
Le fil des anges Vents d’ailleurs
Prix Wepler * Lucie Taïeb Les échappées Editions de l’Ogre
Other General Literary Prizes
Prix des Deux Magots (January) * Emmanuel de Waresquiel Le temps de s’en apercevoir L’Iconoclaste
Prix des Libraires (June) * Franck Bouysse Né d’aucune femme
La Manufacture de Livres
Grand prix de la francophonie de l’Académie Française *
Grand prix littéraire de l’Afrique noire (May) * Armand Gauz Camarade Papa Nouvel Attila
Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman (May) * Marie Gauthier Court vêtue Gallimard
Prix Goncourt de la nouvelle * Caroline Lamarche Nous sommes à la lisière Gallimard
Prix Ahmadou Kourouma (May) * David Diop Frère d’âme
Prix Goncourt de la poésie (May) * Yvon Le Men awarded for the body of his work
Prix Goncourt de la biographie (June) * Frédéric Pajak Manifeste incertain 7 Noir sur blanc
Prix Landernau Polar (May) * Thomas Canteloube Réquiem pour une République Gallimard
European Union Prize for Literature (auteurs français) * Sophie Daull awarded for the ensemble of her work Ed. Philippe Rey
Prix Mallarmé (Poetry) * Claudine Bohi Naître, c’est longtemps La tête à l’envers
Prix Orange (June) * Jean-Baptiste Maudet Matador Yankee Le Passage
Prix de l’Académie française Maurice Genevoix (June) * Jean-Marie Planes Une vie de soleil Arléa
Prix Ouest France Etonnants Voyageurs (June) * Anaïs Llobet Des hommes couleur de ciel Ed. de l’Observatoire
Prix des Lecteurs de L’Express (June) * Jean-Claude Grumberg La plus précieuse des marchandises Seuil
Prix Jean d’Ormesson (new 2018 –not restricted to living authors or new titles) * Julian Barnes La seule histoire (translated from the English) Gallimard
Grand Prix de Poésie de l’Académie française * Pierre Oster For the ensemble of his work
Prix de la Bibliothèque nationale de France (June) * Virginie Despentes For the ensemble of her work
Prix du livre Inter (June) * Emmanuelle Bayamack-Tam Arcadie POL