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Department of French & Italian at Emory

In Memoriam

We announce with sadness that Philippe Bonnefis, Asa G. Candler Professor of French, passed away on Sunday, May 5th, 2013 in Lillle, France. The Deparment has been especially blessed that Philippe made Emory his home for the last two decades. A beloved and gifted teacher, he trained over thirty graduate students in French, many of whom have gone on to have illustrious academic careers.  Author of more than fifteen books on modern French writers and artists (Céline, Maupassant, Flaubert, Quignard, Michaux, Adami, and Baudelaire), Philippe was known for his vast erudition and his incomparable intellectual elegance.  His inimitable and unforgettable voice has touched us all.  We will miss him terribly.  A memorial celebration will be held in the fall; details will be posted here as soon as they are available.

Philippe Bonnefis was the author of Comme Maupassant (1981); Jules Vallès. Du bon usage de la lame et de l'aiguille (1983); L'Innommable. Essai sur l'oeuvre d'Emile Zola (1984); Mesures de l'ombre. Baudelaire, Flaubert, Verne, Laforgue (1987); Dan Yack: Blaise Cendrars phonographe (1991); Céline. Le Rappel des oiseaux (1992); Parfums: Son nom de Bel-Ami (1995); Giono: Le petit pan de mur bleu (1999); Pascal Quignard. Son nom seul (2001); Métro Flaubert (2003); Le cabinet du docteur Michaux (2004); Sept portraits perfectionnés de Guy de Maupassant (2005); Maupassant. Sur des galets d’Etretat (2007); Sur quelques propriétés des triangles rectangles (2008). Editor of numerous books on Laforgue, Maupassant, Zola, and Vallès; Co-director of La Revue des Sciences Humaines and director of the book series Objet, published by the University Press of Lille.

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