Lance Donaldson-Evans

Author of 100 Great French Books: From the Middle Ages to the Present (2010) Philadelphia, PA, lecturer

Biography

Author of 100 Great French Books: From the Middle Ages to the Present (2010)
Philadelphia, PA, lecturer
(recommended by: Renee Amory Ketcham)

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in French
  • University of New South Wales (Newcastle University College)
  • Master of Arts with Honours in French
  • University of Melbourne 1962-1963

Doctorat -es- letters

  • University of Geneva, Switzerland: 1969
  • Thesis: “Poesie et meditation ched Jean de La Ceppede”
  • Director: Professor Jean- Rousset

Employment

Has taught at the University of Pennsylvania (Department of Romance Languages) since 1969 where he is now a Professor of French

Publications

  • Poesie et meditation chez Jean de La Ceppede, Droz, Geneva, 1969
  • Love’s Fatal Glance: a study of eye imagery in the poetry of the Ecole Lyonnaise, Romance Monographs, University of Missippippi, 1980
  • 100 Great French Books: From the Middle Ages to the Present, Blue Bridge Books, NY, March 2010 (Reviewed in Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2010; France Magazine, Summer 2010, Library Journal, April 2010

Professor Lance Donaldson-Evans is Chevalier de l’ordre des palmes academiques.

Proposed Topics

“CHOOSING 100 GREAT FRENCH BOOKS FOR AN ENGLISH-SPEAKING AUDIENCE“
Lance Donaldson-Evans talks about his book - 100 Great French Books from the Middle Ages to the present, telling why he wrote it, what were the challenges involved and how it can be used to promote French Culture. This book does not present 100 GREATEST French books, but rather 100 great books that will appeal to contemporary readers who like to read a variety of texts, from comic books (bandes dessinees) and detective novels to medieval epics and modern prize-winning novels.

Renee Ketcham , President of the Alliance Francaise says about Donaldson-Evans book:
“Lance spent an evening at the Alliance encouraging Francophiles and francophones to further explore “la richesse“ of French literature. An engaging speaker, Professor Donaldson- Evans presented an excellent overview of some of the best of French literature. This conference is a great way to encourage all AFs to read French books even if they do not speak French. All of the books that Professor Donaldson-Evans discussed are available in English translations.”

Honorarium

To be determined by AF

Technical Requirements

None

Contact person

LANCE K. DONALDSON-EVANS

Address

425 West Rose Tree Road, Media, PA 19063-2014
LANCE K. DONALDSON-EVANS, Department of Romance Languages, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone

610-565-6305

Email

ldevans@sas.upenn.edu