The Department of French Literature, Thought and Culture at NYU is part of a network of intellectual sites grouped within the Center for French Civilization and Culture. The Center branches into the University's four significant spheres of activity in French Studies: the Department, the Institute of French Studies, NYU Paris, and La Maison Française. These form the most comprehensive American academic complex devoted to the culture of France, past and present.
The Department of French Literature, Thought and Culture currently has 20 faculty members, representing a broad spectrum of specialization in all areas of French literature and civilization, and 15 full-time language lecturers. In addition, the Department offers courses by eminent visiting professors, including Réda Bensmaïa, François Cornillat, Marielle Macé, Christian Biet, Yves Citton, Philippe Roger, and François Noudelmann.
The Department offers approximately 8 graduate seminars each semester, with enrollments ranging from five to fifteen students. Thus, students are able to choose from the rich offerings of a large department, yet also enjoy the opportunity for close, personal interaction with professors.
Mini-seminars are another important feature of the department's program (See Upcoming Events). Some who have headed seminars in recent years are: Michel Zink, Michel Deguy, Jacques Darras, Guy Scarpetta, Jean Milly, Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet, Jacques Roubaud, Danièle Sallenave, Claude Simon, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Garelli, Robert Abirached, Erik Arnoult, Viviane Forrester.