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Freeman Henry

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of South Carolina

Office: Retired
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Education Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1973 Dr. Henry, translator, cultural historian, editor, and poet, is a specialist in nineteenth-century French poetry. He has published two books on the poetry of Charles Baudelaire (Rodopi 1983 and Nizet 1984) and one on Théophile Gautier (Rodopi 1998). His translation of Bernard Mathias’s The Caretakers (Penguin-Viking, 1988) was nominated for the French/American translation award. He has published articles in such prestigious journals as Revue des Sciences Humaines, Revue Internationale d’Onomastique, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Bulletin de la Société Théophile Gautier, Rivista di lettereture moderne e comparate, and The French Review. His interest in both poetics and linguistics have led him to the study of literary onomastics and to the theory and practice of literary translation (e,g., Cixous’s Vivre l’orange). His recent critical edition of Johann Christoph Schwab’s Dissertation sur les causes de l’universalité de la langue française was published by Rodopi (2005). He is currently completing a book titled Language as Culture in Modern France. In it he examines the history of the French language as it relates to French culture in general as well as specific linguistic contributions and cultural manifestations: Braille, La Langue des Signes Française, La Langue Musicale Universelle of Jean-François Sudre, La Société de Linguistique de Paris, and the feminization of the French language.