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French Studies in and for the Twenty-first Century$
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Philippe Lane and Michael Worton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316555

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316692

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A Short History of French Studies in the UK

A Short History of French Studies in the UK

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(p.12) 2 A Short History of French Studies in the UK
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French Studies in and for the Twenty-first Century
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Diana Holmes

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316692.004

This chapter provides an overview of the history of French Studies in the UK. It shows that French established itself in the first two decades of the twentieth century as an intellectually respectable humanities discipline, within which language was central not only as a skill, but as an object of study. Thereafter, French was present in just about all universities (and, between the late 1960s and 1992, polytechnics), until very recently. It argues that the intellectual project of French Studies has diversified and been enriched by new disciplinary perspectives and by challenges to certain hegemonic assumptions and exclusions that inform French culture itself, postcolonial and feminist perspectives being the most obvious examples.

Keywords:   French Studies, UK, French language, humanities, French culture

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