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StFX French professor receives prestigious contributing editor appointment to The Year's Work in Modern Languages Studies

September 27th, 2016
Dr. Edward Langille

Recognizing the critical work he’s achieved in his discipline, StFX French professor Dr. Edward Langille has been appointed to a prestigious three-year position as contributing editor to The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies (YWMLS)

Founded in 1930, The Year’s Work is the most comprehensive critical bibliography on new scholarship in the fields of European languages, linguistics, literature and film, except for English Studies.
 
As contributing editor, Dr. Langille, a specialist of the work of Voltaire, who has published widely on 18th century French literature as well as on Acadian culture and literature, will review hundreds of books throughout the year, adjudicating which ones make the best contribution to the field, and writing about these in a 10,000 word essay he will contribute each year to the periodical. 
 
Along with this appointment, Dr. Langille has also been named recently to a two-year term as the Jules Léger Research Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences at StFX. The chair is awarded to a senior faculty member with a strong record of research.  
 
Dr. Langille says when he was approached to take on the position with The Year’s Work, he accepted for several reasons. 
 
“It coincides with my being Jules Léger Research Chair, it puts the StFX name out there in a meaningful way, and doubtless it will be good for me, I’ll have to learn a lot. It keeps you up to date in your area of study. It is refreshing getting to know the work of other scholars.”
 
He says the appointment is professional recognition at a high level. “It’s premised on the whole notion you have a career behind you, you have a grasp of your area and you’re able to comment succinctly on the work of fellow scholars.”
 
It will be a busy year of scholarship ahead as Dr. Langille finishes his current research work on American artisan Lillian Burke and the Cheticamp hooked rug industry, and devotes time to Voltaire and The Year’s Work.

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