Molly Lynde-Recchia

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Molly Lynde-Recchia
Chair of World Languages and Literatures
Professor of French
Office: (269) 387-6243
Fax: (269) 387-6333
411 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
Office hours

Next office hours will be held in fall.

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.