Gerald J. Prince

Professor of French and Francophone Studies


Modern French literature. He is the author of several books, including Métaphysique et technique dans l'œuvre romanesque de Sartre, A Grammar of Stories, Narratology: The Form and Functioning of Narrative, A Dictionary of Narratology, Narrative as Theme, Guide du roman de langue française (1901-1950), and Guide du roman de langue française (1951-2000) as well as many articles on narrative theory and on modern French literature. The General Editor of the "Stages" series for the U of Nebraska P, Prince is a member of the editorial or advisory board of over a dozen journals (including Narrative, Style, French Review, Roman 20/50 and Tangence). He is currently working on The Theme of Narrative in A la recherche du temps perdu, regularly teaches courses on narrative poetics and on modern French fiction (from Proust and Gide to Sartre and Camus; from Sarraute and Robbe-Grillet to Ernaux, Houellebecq, and Maylis de Kerangal), and has recently directed dissertations on the writings of children of collaborators, on the "retour du romanesque,” on the historical investigator in the contemporary French novel, and on Houellebecq and his fictions. In 2013 he received the Wayne C. Booth Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Narrative.


Office Location: 
531 Williams Hall
Office Hours: 
Spring 2024: Monday 12-1pm and Wednesday 12-1 pm
(215) 898-8458
(215) 898-0933
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