Beverly J. Evans

Department Chair & Distinguished Teaching Professor of French
Welles 213

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

Evans portrait

Office Hours: Spring 2022

Tues 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Thurs 2:00 - 3:00 pm
(and by appointment, in person or 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 475: French-Canadian Literature

    This course surveys francophone literature of Canada, focusing on Quebec, but also including regions associated with the Acadian diaspora and other provinces. Themes such as tradition, exile and immigration, religion, family, identity, and gender will be explored during close reading of works from the 17th to 21st centuries: prose, poetry, theater. Students will be required to read background information on the history of the francophone community in North America.

  • LANG 150: Intro to World Languages

    This course, taught in English, introduces the student to the Languages and Literatures academic and co-curricular programs and will provide opportunities for interaction with members of a diverse body of instructors from different languages and cultural backgrounds. Using a variety of instructional methods such as presentations, workshops, and discussions, the student will explore contemporary topics, career opportunities, ways to maximize global language and soft skills in professional and personal life, as well as learn about research, international work, and study abroad opportunities. This class is open to any first year or transfer student at the college interested in majoring in French or Spanish or concentrating in these languages (Elementary Education majors), minoring in French, German, or Spanish or studying global languages at the elementary/intermediate level. The course will also provide advising, planning, and problem-solving assistance to the student while navigating the first semester at Geneseo.