Molly Lynde-Recchia

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Molly Lynde-Recchia
Professor of French
(269) 387-6243
(269) 387-6333
820 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5338
Mailing address: 
Department of World Languages and Literatures
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5338 USA
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  • Ph.D., French Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1993
  • Maîtrise en Lettres modernes, mention très bien, Université Charles de Gaulle (Lille III, France), 1988
  • M.A., French Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1987
  • B.A., Highest Honors, French Literature, University of California at Davis, 1985
Teaching interests: 
  • Modern French language and literature, especially poetry and fiction
  • Old French language and literature
Research interests: 
  • Old French literature
  • Poetry and translation
Creative interests: 
  • French-English literary translation

Dr. Molly Lynde-Recchia is a professor of French and chair of the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University.  She is affiliated with WMU's Medieval Institute.

Lynde-Recchia’s research and teaching specialty is Old French language and literature, and her publications in this area include two books. Her first, "Prose, Verse, and Truth-Telling in the Thirteenth Century" (French Forum, 2000), deals with the function and aesthetics of literary form and the shift from verse to prose in early thirteenth-century France. Her second book resulted from a sabbatical leave project involving manuscript study in France and is the first critical edition of Wauchier de Denain’s "Vie seint Marcel de Lymoges [Life of Saint Martial of Limoges]" (Droz, 2005). She is co-editor-in-chief of Transference, the department’s literary journal featuring poetry in English translation from the languages taught in the department.