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Histoire de la littérature française au XVIIe siécle
Print Location: 3rd Floor PQ241 .A3 1962
This five volume history covers the history of 17th century France and the writers of that time.

History of French Dramatic Literature in the Seventeenth Century
Print Location: 3rd Floor PQ526 .L3
The pre-classical period, 1610-1634.
The period of Corneille, 1635-1651.
The period of Molière, 1652-1672.
The period of Racine, 1673-1700.
Recapitulation, 1610-1700.

Molière Encyclopedia
Print Location: PQ1851 .M57 2002
This encycopedia relies on the verifiable facts surrounding Moliere. Many of the entries list works for further reading. A chronology outlines the chief events of Molier's life and his contributions to the stage. The volume concludes with an bibliography of resources for further study.
Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature
Print Location: 3rd Floor PQ243 .P36
This semi-annual publication presents articles on the literature and history of the French Seventeenth Century. Some issues are online.

XVIIe siècle : littérature française
Print Location: 3rd Floor PQ241 .B47 1990 Restricted Resource
A guide to 17th Century French literature

XVIIIe siècle en littérature
Print Location: 3rd Floor PQ261 .D37x 1986 Restricted Resource
A guide to 17th and 18th Century literature and civilization.


Bibliographie der Französischen Literaturwissenschaft
Print Location: 1st Floor Z2171 .K55
A comprehensive annual bibliography of Western-language materials about French language and literature.


ARTFL Restricted Resource
Collection of primary source texts from France including Diderot's Encyclopédie. Founded in 1982 as a collaboration between the French government and the University of Chicago, the ARTFL Project contains more than 3,500 French-language texts from the 12th through 20th centuries.

Scholarly Articles

EMF, Studies in Early Modern France (EMF)
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This is an annual collection of essays first published in 1994 and still in publication. Each volume is on a theme, Volume 1 was Word and Image and the most recent volume has the theme of Spectacle. Articles are in French or English.

Reference Resources

Encyclopédie, ou, Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers par une sociéte de gens de lettres
Print Location: Ref. AE25 .E53 1751a
Often referred to as the Diderot Encyclopedia, this facsimile of the original encyclopedia was a defining publication of the French Enlightenment. The electronic version is available through the ARTFL database.

Oxford Companion to Literature in French
Print Location: Burling Reference PQ41 .N49 1995
This one volume compendium provides brief entries on authors and works from all time periods of French literature as well as information on topics of literary and historical importance.
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Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • French literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism
  • Women and literature -- History -- 18th century
  • Women and literature -- France -- History -- 17th century
  • French fiction -- 17th century -- History and criticism
  • French fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism
  • French drama -- 17th century -- History and criticism

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Journals and Multi-volume Sets
Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, 2008-
Burling 3rd Floor PQ 243. P36 

The Eighteenth Century
Burling 1st Floor Z 5579.6 .E36

A history of French Dramatic Literature in the Seventeenth Century
Burling 3rd Floor PQ526 .L3