College - Author 1

College of Liberal Arts

Department - Author 1

World Languages and Cultures Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BA in Modern Languages and Literatures



Primary Advisor

Brian Kennelly


This project present four French texts in English translation that share the theme of loss. This theme is perhaps one of the most poignant and relevant; loss is an experience that every human will encounter, and as people we continue across time to grapple with what it means for us and how to deal with it. These four texts will bring the perspectives of four authors to light in English. When we study how other countries and cultures deal with common human issues, we are able to gain new views on these issues. This project will make these texts accessible to English speakers and allow them to study the messages contained in them. I have chosen four texts from different time periods, by different writers, and of different styles to give the reader a greater sampling of this theme across French literature.

The texts to be translated are:

  • Demain dès l’aube by Victor HUGO
  • Le Pont Mirabeau by Guillaume APOLLINAIRE
  • La Folle by Guy de MAUPASSANT
  • La Maison face à la mer by Marie-Célie AGNANT