Global Francophone Literature
The Van Pelt Libraries hold over 65,000 works of and about francophone literature, poetry and plays.
The great majority of this collection's material was published in France, Switzerland or Belgium. However, a significant amount of francophone fiction and criticism in our collections were published in countries outside of Europe that use French for historical reasons--either because of French conquest and settlement (Quebec) or colonization (Senegal and Morocco, for example). As academic fields and trends become more oriented towards under explored, transnational and post-colonial subjects, this material becomes more important and the Libraries spend more effort to collect it robustly. Non-European francophone fiction and criticism currently account for over 5% of our total collection in this area.
Special strengths include works from Quebec (over 2500 works) and Senegal (over 500 works).