The Faculty is saddened to announce the death in New Zealand on 5th August, at the age of 93, of Frank Barnett, Fellow and Tutor in French at Trinity College, from 1952 to 1986. Frank was the College’s first Fellow in Modern Languages. In addition to French, he had an excellent knowledge of other Romance Languages (including Romanian) and of late Latin, continuing to publish in these areas long after his retirement.
For further details see https://www.trinity.ox.ac.uk/frank-barnett/
Translations of poetry by Ulrike Almut Sandig win PEN presents translation ptich prize as part of #ELNF2016. Sandig’s Thick of it (Dickicht) was honoured by judges Max Porter, Meike Ziervogel and Stefan Tobler at this years’s ceremony.
The University of Oxford, founded some nine centuries ago, has enjoyed the closest links, throughout its long history, with the great centres of learning across Europe. The Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages has been in the vanguard of welcoming and integrating students and scholars from the whole Continent to work with its own academic community in promoting knowledge of European languages, cultures and society.
On June 25th the French Ambassador, Her Excellency Madame Sylvie Bermann made the posthumous award of the highest rank in the ‘Ordre des Palmes Académiques’ to the late Michael Sheringham, who was, until last year, Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature. Professor Michel Murat of the Sorbonne came over from Paris for the ceremony and gave the following address:
2016 marks the fifth year of Oxford University’s French film competition, in which school pupils are invited to watch a selected French film, and write an essay or script re-imagining the ending. As last year, the competition was open to students across secondary school year groups, with a large number of entrants from pupils in years 7 and 8. We received almost 200 entries, from over 50 schools.
Dr Caroline Warman (Associate Professor of French, Jesus) has received a Teaching Excellence Award for her involvement of fifteen colleges and 102 second-year ML students in translating a collection of sixty Enlightenment texts on Tolerance, promoting the values of tolerance, free speech, liberty and human rights in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.
Dr Jennifer Rushworth (St John’s) has won the Paragraph 2016 Essay Prize competition, for the best article addressing the theme: ‘Mourning’ (article submitted entitled ‘Mourning and Intermittence between Proust and Barthes’, to be published in the November 2016 issue of the journal). She is also the winner of the 2015 Malcolm Bowie Prize, awarded for the best article published in the preceding year by an early-career researcher in the broader discipline of French Studies (for the following article: ‘Derrida, Proust, and the Promise of Writing’, French Studies, 69.2 (April 2015), 205-19).