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Beverly J. Evans

Department Chair & Distinguished Teaching Professor of French
Welles 213

Beverly Evans has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1985.

Office Hours: Fall 2021

T 2:30-3:30
R 11:30-12:30
(some office hours by appointment may be via Zoom)

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., French Literature, University of Pennsylvania.

  • M.A., French Literature, Bryn Mawr College.

  • A.B., French, Cornell University.


  • Executive Director, Pi Delta Phi, The National French Honor Society

  • Editorial Board Member, Encomia, new interdisciplinary journal of the International Courtly Literature Society

  • Women in French

  • International Courtly Literature Society

  • Member, Association of College Honor Societies


  • Book chapter "Marie Laurencin: From 'Apollinaire and His Friends' to the Ballets Russes." Creative Women and the First World War: Professional Trajectories in Times of Crisis. Forthcoming.

  • Review of De Gendt, Anne-Marie, and Alicia C. Montoya, eds. La pensée sérielle, du Moyen Age aux Lumières. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2018. Forthcoming, Dalhousie French Studies.

  • "The Life and Afterlife of French WW I Songs: National Identity Then and Now," French Cultural Studies 28.2 (2017).

  • “Courtly Literature: ‘Yesterday’ is Today.” The Legacy of Courtly Literature: from Medieval to Contemporary Culture. Eds. Rouben Cholakian and Deborah Nelson-Campbell. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

  • "Michel Tremblay's Les Belles-Soeurs." The Literary Encyclopedia, 2015.

  • Review of Findley, Brooke Heidenreich. Poet Heroines in Medieval French Narrative: Gender and Fictions of Literary Creation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Women in French Studies 20 (2015).

  • Review of White, Sophie. Wild Frenchmen and Frenchified Indians, Material Culture and Race in Colonial Louisiana. Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012. Dalhousie French Studies 102 (2014).

  • "Vendredi, ou les limbes du Pacifique," The Literary Encyclopedia, 2011.

  • "Alfred Jeanroy" and "Gustave Reese." Handbook of Medieval Studies. Ed. Albrecht Classen. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2010.

  • "Seeking 'Woman' in Medieval French Woman's Song, or 'Lonc tans a que ne vi m'ami.'" Dalhousie French Studies 82.1 (Spring 2008).

  • “Songs of the Women Trouvères: Just the Same Old Refrains?” Neophilologus 90.1 (2006).

More About Me

Research Interests

  • Medieval French poetry and music
  • WW I literature, music and culture
  • 20th-Century French literature
  • Literature and culture of Québec

Other Interests

  • Travel
  • Music
  • Documentaries
  • Yoga
  • Cats


  • FREN 301: Written Expression

    This course offers practice in expository writing with emphasis on clarity, structure and idiomatic expression, focusing on a variety of topical and practical issues. Students are introduced to practical applications and provided a review of selected grammar topics. This course must be taken in residence.

  • FREN 450: Medieval Renaissance Fren Lit

    Close reading of major works from the 11th to the 16th centuries: epic, lyric, poetry, Arthurian romance, theater, prose.