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French Language & Literature Subject Guide: Reference Sources for French Literature

Reference Sources for French Literature


Beaumarchais, Jean-Pierre de, Daniel Couty, and Alain Rey.  Dictionnaire des littératures de langue française.  3 vols.  Paris: Bordas, c1984- .   PQ 41 B4 1984 REF

Cabeen, David Clark, ed. Critical Bibliography of French Literature. 6 vols. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, [publication date varies by volume]. Z 2171 .C3 REF

Dolbow, Sandra W.  Dictionary of modern French literature : from the age of reason through realism.  New York: Greenwood Press, 1986.  PQ 41 D65 1986 REF

Flower, John. Historical Dictionary of French Literature. Lanham: Scarecrow, 2013. PQ 41 .F58 2013 REF

France, Peter, ed.  The new Oxford companion to literature in French.  Oxford; New York: Clarendon Press, 1995.  PQ 41 .N48 1995 REF

Grente, Cardinal Georges, ed.  Dictionnaire des lettres françaises.  Rev. ed.  2 vols.  [Paris]: Fayard, 1992- .  PQ 41 .D55 1992 REF

Grente, Georges Grente, et al., eds.  Dictionnaire des lettres françaises : le dix-neuvième siècle.  2 vols.  Paris: Librairie Arthème Fayard, 1971-1972.  PQ 41 G7 REF

Levi, Anthony.  Guide to French literature : 1789 to the present.  Chicago: St. James Press, c1992.  PQ 226 L48 1992 REF

---.  Guide to French literature : beginnings to 1789.  Detroit : St. James Press, 1994.  PQ 151 L48 1994 REF

Mitterand, Henri, ed.  Dictionnaire des grandes oeuvres de la littérature française.  Paris: Dictionnaires Le Robert, c1992.  PQ 41 .D468 1992 REF

Popkin, Debra and Michael Popkin, eds.  Modern French literature : a library of literary criticism.  2 vols.  New York: Ungar, c1977.  PQ 306 M57 REF

Sinnreich-Levi, Deborah and Ian S. Laurie, eds.  Literature of the French and Occitan Middle Ages : eleventh to fifteenth centuries.  Dictionary of literary biography.  Detroit : Gale Group, c1999.  PQ 151 .L57 1999 REF


Brosman, Catharine Savage, ed.  French novelists, 1900-1930.  Dictionary of literary biography.  Detroit: Gale Research, c1988.  PQ 671 .F67 1988 REF

---.  French novelists, 1930-1960.  Dictionary of literary biography.  Detroit: Gale Research, c1988.  PQ 671 .F68 1988 REF

---.  French novelists since 1960.  Dictionary of literary biography.  Detroit: Gale Research, c1989. PQ 671 .F69 1989 REF

---.  Nineteenth-century French fiction writers : naturalism and beyond, 1860-1900.  Dictionary of literary biography.  Detroit: Gale Research, c1992.  PQ 661 .N56 1992 REF

---.  Nineteenth century French fiction writers : romanticism and realism, 1800-1860.  Dictionary of literary biography.  Detroit: Gale Research, c1992.  PQ 655 .N56 1992 REF

Compère, Daniel, ed. Dictionnaire du roman populaire francophone. Paris : Nouveau monde, c2007. PQ 637 .P68 D53 2007 REF


Beum, Robert, ed.  Nineteenth-century French poets.  Dictionary of literary biography.  Detroit: Gale Group, c2000.  PQ 433 .N56 2000 REF

Coleman, Kathleen.  Guide to French poetry explication.  New York: G.K. Hall : Maxwell Macmillan International; Toronto: Maxwell Macmillan Canada, c1993.   PQ 401 .C65 1993 REF

Jarrety, Michel, et al., eds.  Dictionnaire de poésie de Baudelaire à nos jours.  Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 2001. PQ 433 .D53 2001 REF


Confortès, Claude.  Répertoire du théâtre contemporain de langue française.  Paris : Nathan, c2000.  PQ 556 .C635 2000 REF

Cooper, Barbara T., ed.  French dramatists, 1789-1914.  Dictionary of literary biography.  Detroit : Gale Research, 1998.  PQ 501 .F733 1998 REF

Forman, Edward. Historical dictionary of French theater. Lanham: Scarecrow, 2010. PN 2637 .F67 2010

Gaines, James F, ed. The Molière Encyclopedia. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2002. PQ 1851 .M57 2002 REF

Québec and Acadia

Gallant, Janine, and Maurice Raymond, eds. Dictionnaire des oeuvres littéraires de l'Acadie des Maritimes, XXe siècle. Sudbury: Prise de parole, 2012. PQ 3940 .D53 2012 REF

Grandpré, Pierre de.  Histoire de la littérature française du Québec.  4 vols.  Montréal: Librairie Beauchemin, 1967-1969.  PQ 3917 .Q3 G7 1967 REF

Lamonde, Yvan.  Je me souviens : la littérature personnelle au Québec (1860-1980).  Québec: Institut québécois de recherche sur la culture, 1983.  PS 8081 L3 1983 REF

Lemire, Maurice, et al., eds.  Dictionnaire des oeuvres littéraires du Québec.  6 vols.  Montréal: Fides, 1978 - .  PQ 3901 .D5 REF

North America

Benson, Eugene, and William Toye, eds.  The Oxford companion to Canadian literature.  2nd ed.  Toronto: Oxford UP, 1997.  PS 8015 .O93 1997 REF

Hamel, Réginald, John Hare, and Paul Wyczynski.  Dictionnaire des auteurs de langue française en Amérique du Nord.  Montréal: Fides, 1989.  PQ 3904 H25 1989. 

Lang, Robert, et al., eds.  Contemporary Canadian authors : a bio-bibliographical guide to current Canadian writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television, and other fields.  Toronto: Gale Canada, c1996 - .   PS 8081 .C66 1996 REF 

New, W.H., ed.  Canadian writers before 1890.   Dictionary of literary biography.  Detroit: Gale Research, c1990.  PS 8081 C5 1990 REF

---.   Canadian writers, 1890-1920.  Dictionary of literary biography.  Detroit: Gale Research, c1990.  PS 8071.2 C37 1990 REF

---.  Canadian writers, 1920-1959.   Dictionary of literary biography.  Detroit: Gale Research, c1988, c1989.  First Series: PS 8081 C54 1988 REF ; Second Series: PS 8081 C55 1989 REF

---.  Canadian writers since 1960.  Dictionary of literary biography.  Detroit: Gale Research, c1986, c1987.  First Series: PS 8081 C58 1986  REF ; Second Series: PS 8081 C59 1987 REF

Women and Literature

Makward, Christiane P., et al.  Dictionnaire littéraire des femmes de langue française : de Marie de France à Marie NDiaye. Paris: Karthala, c1996.  PQ 149 .M35 1996 REF

Sartori, Eva Martin, et al., eds.  The feminist encyclopedia of French literature.  Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999.  PQ 149 .F47 1999 REF

Sartori, Eva Martin, and Dorothy Wynne Zimmerman, eds. French women writers : a bio-bibliographical source book.  New York: Greenwood Press, 1991.  PQ 149 .F73 1991 REF

Science Fiction

Lofficier, Jean-Marc, and Randy Lofficier.  French science fiction, fantasy, horror and pulp fiction : a guide to cinema, television, radio, animation, comic books and literature from the middle ages to the present.  Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, c2000.  PQ 637 .F3 L64 2000

Literary Terms

Bergez, Daniel, Violaine Géraud, and Jean-Jacques Robrieux.  Vocabulaire de l'analyse littéraire. Paris: Dunod, 1996, c1994.  PN 172 .B496 1996 REF

Delabastita, Dirk, et al., eds. Dictionnaire des termes littéraires. Paris: Champion, 2005. PQ 41 .D565 2005

Dictionnaire des genres et notions littéraires.  Paris: Encyclopaedia Universalis : A. Michel, c1997.  PN 44.5 .D53 1997 REF

Gallix, François.  Dictionnaire raisonné bilingue de l'analyse littéraire.  Paris: Ed. du Temps, c2000.  PN 81 .G55 2000 REF

Hules, Virginia T., and Michael Grimaud.  Le français littéraire fondamental : a glossary for students and teachers.  Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, c1981.  PC 2680 H8 1981 REF

Quivy, Mireille. Glossaire bilingue des termes littéraires: francais-anglais. Paris: Ellipses, 2004. PN 44.5 .Q58 2004 REF