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William Calin

Graduate Research Professor of French

William Calin (Ph.D., Yale University)
Areas of Research

Medieval French Literature and French Poetry, Renaissance to the Present, Literature in Breton and Occitan, Franco-British Literary Relations, Middle Ages and Renaissance.


William Calin is, since 1988, Graduate Research Professor at the University of Florida, and, from 1998 to 2001, Florida Foundation Research Professor. He taught at Dartmouth College, Stanford University, and the University of Oregon; was twice Visiting Professor at the University of Poitiers; was Edward Arnold Visiting Professor at Whitman College; and has been a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge; the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh; and the Northrop Frye Centre and the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Toronto. He has won ten national/international grants, including ACLS, APS, Fulbright, Guggenheim, and NEH, and was, for nine years, International Vice President of the Association Internationale d’Etudes Occitanes. He works on medieval French literature; French poetry from the Renaissance to the present; Franco-British literary relations, Middle Ages and Renaissance; and modern literature in Breton and Occitan. He is the author of eleven books and c. 110 articles, some reprinted,  and has delivered c. 210 conference papers and lectures, a number of these more than once. They include thirteen plenary session addresses and sixty-nine public lectures at universities. A Muse for Heroes was awarded the Gilbert Chinard First Literary Prize for 1981; it and The French Tradition and the Literature of Medieval England received the American Library Association Outstanding Academic Book of the Year award. His most recent volumes are Minority Literatures and Modernism: Scots, Breton, and Occitan, 1920-1990 and The Twentieth Century Humanist Critics, from Spitzer to Frye. The Lily and the Thistle: The French Tradition and the Older Literature of Scotland -- Essays in Criticism (University of Toronto Press) is scheduled to appear summer or fall 2013. A festschrift volume, Makers of the Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of William Calin, ed. Richard Utz and Elizabeth Emery (Western Michigan University: Studies in Medievalism, 2011), was presented spring 2011.

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William Calin
Graduate Research Professor of French

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