Pr Larry Norman, Doctor Honoris Causa

Pr Larry Norman, Doctor Honoris Causa of Jean Monnet University in Saint-Etienne

Prof. Larry Norman received the insignia of Doctor Honoris Causa, during a ceremony organized on December 7, 2022 at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of St-Etienne.

Professor Larry F. NORMAN of the University of Chicago (USA), is one of the world's leading authorities on the french history of theatre, literature and ideas in 17th and 18th centuries. He helped found the Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, now the Logan Center for the Arts. Vice President for the Arts at the University of Chicago from 2008 to 2013, Larry F. NORMAN became the Frank L. Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, the highest academic rank at the University of Chicago.

Larry Norman


Professor NORMAN is interested in the way in which literary history and the history of ideas have been constructed, showing how the major categories ("classicism", "baroque") have gradually been constituted, taking into account polemics and questioning in particular the too convenient opposition between Ancient and Modern. He is the author of two reference works in the field of the history of ideas in early modernity (17th-18th centuries): The Public Mirror: Molière and the Social Commerce of Depiction and The Shock of the Ancient: Literature and History in Early-Modern France. The latter essay has received considerable attention in the United States and Europe for its renewed analysis of the Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes. A French translation has just been published entitled Sous le choc de l'antique (ed. Hermann, 2022).


Further information :

Presentation of Larry Norman on the uChicago's website.

Website of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts