The Department of French at New York University, recognized as one of the leading French departments in the country, currently has thirty faculty members and thirty graduate assistants. In addition to distinguished senior scholars and critics, the faculty includes many younger members of solid achievement and growing reputation.
This outstanding group of teachers represents a broad spectrum of specialization in all areas of French literature and civilization, as well as critical theory, the history of ideas, cultural studies, and Francophone studies.
Each year the department offers a number of courses by eminent visiting professors. These visiting professors are one of the distinctive strengths of the department's graduate programs. Among the most recent visitors are Gérard Genette, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Philippe Roger, Francoise Gaillard, Lucette Finas, Tahar Ben Jelloun, and Yves Hersant.
The department offers approximately twenty-two graduate seminars per year, with enrollments ranging generally from eight to fifteen. Thus, students are able to choose from the rich offerings of a large department, yet also enjoy the opportunity for close personal interaction with professors.
Mini-seminars are another important feature of the department's program (See Upcoming Events). Some who have headed seminars in recent years are: Michel Zink, Michel Deguy, Jacques Darras, Guy Scarpetta, Jean Milly, Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet, Jacques Roubaud, Danièle Sallenave, Claude Simon, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Garelli, Robert Abirached, Erik Arnoult, Viviane Forrester.