Romance Languages and Literatures

Romance Languages Professor Receives Research Funding

The Division of Humanities at the University of Chicago announced that Larry F. Norman in Romance Languages and Literatures is one of five professors to receive research funding of $32,000 each on July 1, 2018, to advance their work in specific humanities field.

The Division of the Humanities recognizes Norman for years of scholarly productivity in his specialty, and dedicated and outstanding teaching and service to the Romance Languages and Literatures Department, the Division of Humanities and the University of Chicago. “All of these colleagues have advanced the scholarship in their field both at home and abroad,” says Anne Walters Robertson, Dean of the Division of Humanities. “This generous funding will allow them greater flexibility as they carry out the work related to their research, for example, travel, costs of publication, research assistance, lecturers or post-doctoral scholars, and attending conferences.”

During the next three years, Norman has discretion to determine how he will allocate the funds to support his work. The funds have been provided through the generosity of the Humanities Council.

Larry F. Norman Finds a Wider International Audience for His Scholarly Work

As a leading scholar of French literature, Larry F. Norman collaborates with partners in France, international universities, and UChicago. With plans for an upcoming French translation of his award-winning book, The Shock of the Ancient: Literature and History in Early Modern France, the $32,000 research funding came at an opportune moment.

“Since my work is deeply transnational and requires active exchange with an international range of scholars that incurs expenses and demands resources, this research funding has an immediate impact,” says Norman, Frank L. Sulzberger Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Department in the Division of Humanities at UChicago. “Working with a research group based at the Université Jean Monnet Saint Etienne on central arenas of my research, including the book’s translation, the project’s leader and her colleagues are seeking partners to advance the impact of its work. It is crucial for this effort to show UChicago is substantially helping to support his effort, and this funding allows me to contribute right away.”

Leading the French side of the project is Delphine Reguig, a rising star in French seventeenth-century studies. The book’s translation is part of a multiyear project she spearheads on “Ancients and Moderns,” which includes a series of international conferences, providing a wider network for The Shock of the Ancients dissemination and impact.

“It is important to note the target audience for the French translation of The Shock of the Ancient is quite broad: beyond France and extending to all non-Anglophone scholars working in French studies for whom French is more approachable than English,” Norman says. “This research funding makes it possible for me to advance work with multiple partners in Europe.”

Working on the topic of “comparative classicisms” across the cultures of Europe and beyond, he cultivates connections in France, Germany, England, and the Americas to advance his work. Norman, who has held visiting professorships at several French universities, also works closely with graduate students in Europe.

Published in 2011 by UChicago Press, Norman received the 20th annual Modern Language Association’s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies for The Shock of the Ancient: Literature and History in Modern France in 2011. The Scaglione Prize honors an outstanding scholarly work in its field.