Lionel Cuillé Named Inaugural Jane and Bruce Robert Professor of French and Francophone Studies

| March 29, 2012
Jane and Bruce Robert Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Lionel Cuillé

Lionel Cuillé has been named the College of Arts & Sciences’ inaugural Jane and Bruce Robert Professor of French and Francophone Studies, effective August 2012.

Cuillé holds a doctorate in Literature and the Arts from the University of Lyon’s Ecole Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines, where he co-directed the Centre d’Etudes Poétiques. His area of specialization is 19th-21st century French literature, particularly the relationship between poetry, religion, science, and the visual arts.

He has authored several articles on French poetry and is completing a second book-length project: L’Accélération du monde: littérature et vitesse (The Acceleration of the World: Literature and Speed).

His current research is situated at the nexus of military history, art history, philosophy, and literature and focuses on the “ideology of speed,” which was debated among early-20th-century avant-garde poets.

Read more about Cuillé’s appointment at Global Thinking, the news blog of the College of Arts & Sciences.

About the Jane and Bruce Robert Professorship in French and Francophone Studies

The Jane and Bruce Robert Professorship in French and Francophone Studies was made possible by the Roberts’ $1 million gift, which was announced in December 2010. The gift, which established Webster University’s first endowed professorship, is one of the largest in the university’s history.

Jane Robert ’69 is highly regarded locally, nationally and internationally as an advocate for the study of French. She currently serves as chair of the Arts & Sciences Advisory Board. Mrs. Robert has received numerous honors and awards for her advocacy work, including the French Legion of Honor in 2007, which is the highest distinction awarded by the French government, and, in 1998, the French government’s knighthood known as Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

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