Purpose of Collection:

The French collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. French is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. As such, the collection also provides support for teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields such as Linguistics, African Studies, Latin and Caribbean Studies, Comparitive Literature, and Global and International Studies.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our French Language and French Literature Subject Guides.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

  • Literature
    • History, study and teaching, theory, critics, criticism, of poetry, drama, prose and prose fiction
    • Individual works and their criticism
    • Provencal literature: history, criticism, theory, collections and individual works and their criticism
    • Collections of French-Canadian poetry, drama and prose
    • Theory, aesthetics, study and teaching, criticism, authorship, technique, translating as literary pursuit
    • Literary history by period
    • Poetry: theory, technique, different poetic forms
    • Prose and prose fiction: theory, aesthetics, techniques, special topics
  • Culture
    • Theatre
    • Art
  • Linguistics
    • General congresses, study and teaching, language acquisition, political and social aspects
    • Grammar: morphology, syntax, phonology
    • Historical linguistics
    • Style
    • Lexicography
    • Dialects
    • Bilingualism
  • Translation
    • Theory and methodology
    • Translation as a literary pursuit
    • Translating and interpreting

Selection Guidelines


Primarily current material is collected with earlier material acquired to fill in a series gap, replace an important work that is missing or damaged, or in response to faculty and student recommendations.


Main emphasis on Canada (including the historical region of New France) and Europe with significant attention paid to literature from other areas of the Francophone world (Caribbean, Middle East, Africa etc.).


Literature and other primary sources will be collected mainly in French. (Translations will be acquired at the request of the Faculty.) Literary criticism will be collected in French and English. Relevant works in other languages will be acquired if requested by faculty or under unique circumstances.


  • Books, journals, electronic subscriptions


  • Instruction materials

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