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French - Research


During the first half of the 20th century, linguistics at our department (at that time the Department of Romance Languages) mainly concerned medieval French, comparative studies with other Romance languages and dialectology. Since the 1990s, however, our research has almost exclusively been dedicated to different types of theoretical synchronic problems, including a wide range of syntactical areas. The methodological basis for much of this research has been contrastive studies carried out on digitalised corpuses, a method that makes it possible to focus on systematic linguistic analyses as well as adopting a purely theoretical perspective. The same method has also proven useful in another important field of research at the Department, translation theory and stylistics. Yet another type of synchronic studies represented within the Department is Sociolinguistics.


Studies in French literature span over several centuries, from the 16th century to the present, but most of the current research concerns 20th century and contemporary writers (Proust, Gide, Duras, Butor, Djebar, Ponge, Houllebecq, Ducharme, Volodine, Chevillard). The approaches are multiple (close readings of novels and poetry, thematic studies, genre theory, textual criticism, reception studies, didactic studies, studies concerning the relationship between literary texts and the visual arts, etc.).

In 2007, the French Department hosted a conference with specialists on Marguerite Duras’ work from a large number of countries: Marguerite Duras et la pensée contemporaine/Marguerite Duras and Contemporary Thought.

Several members of the French Department are currently involved in a project that will result in a collective publication aiming to illustrate the difficulty of separating autobiographical writing from fictional writing, "The Ambiguous Pact" (Den tvetydiga pakten).

Contact Information

Richard Sörman

Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Lundgrensgatan 6

031-786 4594 eller 0708-454237

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