Chair and Professor of French
Office: (269) 387-6243
Office hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 11 to noon
And by appointment
411 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5338
Department of World Languages and Literatures
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5338 USA
B.A., Highest Honors, French Literature, University of California at Davis, 1985
M.A., French Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1987
Maîtrise en Lettres modernes, mention très bien, Université Charles de Gaulle (Lille III, France), 1988
Ph.D., French Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1993
Dr. Lynde-Recchia’s first trip to France was in 1980, when she cycled from Nice to Calais via Bordeaux and Paris. She has lived for extended periods in Montpellier, Lille, and Brittany, and traveled throughout the country.
Dr. Lynde-Recchia has taught all levels of language and literature, including Old French, at Western Michigan University since 1993.
As a scholar of medieval French language and literature, Dr. Lynde-Recchia analyzes the increasing use of old French prose in literary texts in Prose, Verse, and Truth-Telling in the Thirteenth Century (French Forum, 2000). Her second book, La vie seint Marcel de Lymoges (Droz, 2005), is a critical edition of a previously unpublished thirteenth-century text which relates the tale of the apocryphal Saint Martial of Limoges. She has also published several articles on these topics. Her current project involves the translation of Old French poetry into English.