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Beverly J. Evans

Distinguished Teaching Professor of French
Welles 213

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

Office Hours: Spring 2020

  • T 10:30-11:30 a.m
  • R  1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • and by appointment

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., French Literature, University of Pennsylvania, 1983.

  • M.A., French Literature, Bryn Mawr College, 1976.

  • A.B., French, Cornell University, 1974.


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

  • International Editor of Encomia, the publication of the International Courtly Literature Society

  • Women in French

  • International Courtly Literature Society

  • Executive Board Member, Association of College Honor Societies


  • Book chapter "Marie Laurencin: From Apollinaire and His Friends to the Ballets Russes," forthcoming.

  • "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 Communication

    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. Prerequisites: FREN 202 or equivalent. Offered at least once per year

  • FREN 460: Fren Lit From Romanticism-Pres

    Close reading of major works from the 19th century to the present: novels, poetry, theater, philosophy. Prerequisites: FREN 302. Offered fall, even years

  • FREN 560: From Romantcm-Le Nouveau Roman

    A study of the trends and masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries. Offered: fall, even years Prerequisites: FREN 303 and FREN 304 or equivalent.

  • HONR 204: F/Honors Sem in Fine Arts:

    This seminar offers an introduction to a topic or set of topics drawn from the fine arts, as designated by the subtitle. Typical subtitles are: Jazz and the American Experience; Picasso:Form and Vision; and Theater as Protest. As a core course, it will engage all students and will not assume any prior knowledge of the discipline(s) involved. As a seminar, the class will focus on a lively discussion and analysis of the issues. May be repeated more than once only with permission from director of the Honors Program. Prerequisites: HONR 202 or permission of program director. Offered once per year