Graduate Research Professor of French
Ph.D., Yale University

Office Hours – AY 2017-18

  • None

Fields of Specialization

  • Medieval French Literature (epic, romance, allegory)
  • French Poetry (Renaissance to the present)
  • Franco-British Literary Relations, Middle Ages and Renaissance – Literature in Breton, Occitan, and lowland Scots
  • Medievalism
  • Criticism

Biography

William Calin is, since 1988, Graduate Research Professor at the University of Florida, and from 1998 to 2001, Florida Foundation Research Professor.  He taught at Dartmouth College, Stanford University, and the University of Oregon; was twice Visiting Professor at the University of Poitiers; was Edward Arnold Visiting Professor at Whitman College; and has been a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge; the Institute for Advance Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh; and the Northrop Frye Centre and the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Toronto.  He has won eleven national/international grants, including ACLS, APS, Fulbright, Guggenheim, NEH, and Woodrow Wilson, and was, for nine years, International Vice President of the Association Internationale d’Études Occitanes.  He works on medieval French literature; French poetry from the Renaissance to the present; Franco-British literary relations, Middle Ages and Renaissance; literature in Breton, Occitan, and lowland Scots; medievalism; and criticism.  He is the author of twelve books, and 120 articles, some reprinted, and has delivered 230 conference papers and lectures, a number of these more than once.  They include fourteen plenary session addresses and sixty-nine public lectures at universities.  A Muse for Heroes was awarded the Gilbert Chinard First Literary Prize 1981; A Muse for Heroes and The French Tradition and the Literature of Medieval England received the American Library Association Outstanding Academic Book of the Year award.  His most recent volumes are Minority Literatures and Modernism: Scots, Breton, and Occitan, 1920-1990; The Twentieth-Century Humanist Critics, from Spitzer to Frye; and The Lily and the Thistle: The French Tradition and the Older Literature of Scotland.  Current projects include “Essays in Medievalism,” “Studies in Occitan Literature: the Baroque; the Felibrige,” and “Readings in French Poetry of the Eighteenth Century.”  He recently served on doctoral committees at the Université de Pau and the State University of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia .