B.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University
Professor of French
Interests: intellectual history of the French Renaissance; confessional writing; post-war Paris; exploring the power of interactive media to teach language and culture.
Barry Lydgate teaches courses on post-Liberation Paris (FREN 237, “Saint-Germain-des-Prés”) and on Renaissance literature and culture (FREN 301, "Books and Voices in Renaissance France" and 302, "Discourses of Desire in the Renaissance.") He has written on Rabelais, Montaigne, the genesis of the novel and literary self-portraiture in the sixteenth century. He is also interested in comparative and cross-century courses—his “Books of the Self” (FREN 217) examines confessional writings from St. Augustine to Annie Ernaux—and in language teaching. With a colleague at Yale, he is co-author of French in Action, a multimedia course in French language and culture supported by grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Florence Gould Foundation and the French government. (He is currently at work on the Third Edition of the course and on an interactive digital version, “French in Interaction.” ) He is chair of the college committee that supports Wellesley students for Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Churchill scholarships and Watson Fellowships, and is chair of the French department in 2013-2014.