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III. Policies: French

I. Purpose:
The French Collection supports teaching of and research in the French language, literature, and culture.

A. Curricular Emphasis:
Mastery of the language skills of modern French; history and significant works of French literature; historical context and relation of the literature to other forms of cultural expression; contemporary and historical French culture; literary genres and criticism; and grammatical structure of the French language.


B. Research Emphasis:
Medieval to contemporary French literature; literary, aesthetic, and critical theory; Francophone literatures; literary and cultural interactions.


C. Levels of Degrees Granted:
BA, MA, PhD.


D. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
Anthropology, Art History, Comparative Literature, History, Humanities, Linguistics, Philosophy.


E. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials:
Center for Humanities and the Arts
Anderson Language Technology Center (ALTEC)


F. Special Populations Outside the University That Utilize Materials:
Teachers of French, Interlibrary Loan patrons, the French community of the Denver metropolitan area.


G. Other Considerations:
The bibliographer for French coordinates purchases with other bibliographers in the Libraries when there is overlap of disciplines, such as works on French philosophy, history, and linguistics.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:
Purchases are made through an approval plan for books from Blackwell North American and selection slips from the French vendor, Aux Amateurs de Livres, the Italian vendor, Casalini Libri, and the German vendor, Harrassowitz. Selections are based on faculty, student, and other patron requests and special orders, review and selection from catalogs (paper and online), and materials from publishers of French-related materials. Gift materials are accepted based on the needs of the collection.


B. Languages:
Primarily French. Criticism in other languages, predominately English. Some literary translations in English and other languages.


C. Chronological Guidelines:
All historical eras of French language and literature.


D. Geographical Guidelines:
Materials published in France, the United States (particularly university presses), Canada, England, some other European countries.


E. Treatment of Subject:
History of language, current studies of language, including some studies on current speech and grammar. Works by major authors from all historical eras through the present. Literary history and criticism for all times through the present. Major French dictionaries and encyclopedias.


F. Types of Materials:
Majority of materials are books and subscriptions to essential journals as well as some electronic resources. Indexes, abstracts, some microforms and videos, and some special collections make up the remainder.


G. Date of Publication:
Selection emphasis is on purchase of current materials with ongoing purchase of retrospective materials to fill holes in the collection.


H. Other general considerations:
The majority of the collection is located in the Norlin Library stacks. Major reference works are located in the Reference Department, and some rare materials are housed in Special Collections. Older, less-used materials are housed in off-site storage.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class
Following is a classification chart for French Language and Literature:

PC 2001-3761 French Language (Including Provencal & Occitan literature)

PQ 1-3999 French Literature

PQ 3800-3999 French Literature Outside of France