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Marcel Françon (1900–1975)

Born in Lyon, Marcel Françon initially studied the sciences before a fellowship from the Harvard Club of France allowed him to pursue graduate work in literature in the United States. From 1924 until his retirement in 1966, Françon spent the rest of his career at Harvard, where he specialized in sixteenth-century French literature. An expert on Rabelais, Françon devoted most of his career to his teaching. His contribution to volume eight of the Cahiers is a short piece on the ‘mathematical language’ of Rousseau that was originally published in the American journal Isis in 1949.

In the Cahiers pour l’Analyse

Marcel Françon, ‘Le langage mathématique de Jean-Jacques Rousseau’, CpA 8.4 [HTML] [PDF] [SYN]

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  • Notes sur l’esthétique de la femme au XVIe siècle. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1930.
  • Le Vroy Gargantua, preface de M. Henri Peyre, Paris: Nizet, 1949.
  • Leçon et notes sur la littérature française au XVI siècle. Cambridge: Harvard University, Press, 1967