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Professor Catherine Montfort receives 2019 PAMLA Distinguished Service Award

Professor of French and Women and Gender Studies Catherine Montfort received the 2019 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association’s (PAMLA) Distinguished Service Award. The award is meant to honor long-standing members who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary service to the organization. Below is the feature on Dr. Montfort published by PAMLA:

“The 2019 PAMLA Distinguished Service Award was presented to Catherine R. Montfort, Professor of French and Women and Gender Studies at Santa Clara University. Professor Catherine Montfort was born in Marseille, France and received her PhD from Stanford University. She has been a proud, dedicated PAMLA member for many years, serving the community as PAMLA President (2003-2004), as a member of PAMLA’s Executive Committee, as presiding officer for many years of vibrant Women in French sessions at the annual PAMLA conference, and as Conference Host with Santa Clara University in 2001. Her service to PAMLA and the discipline is truly impressive. Professor Montfort is the author of several books (among them Les Fortunes de Mme de Sévigné au XVIIème et XVIIIème siècle), and has written more than forty articles and chapters on various French literary notables including Agrippa d’Aubigné, Mme de Sévigné, Charlotte Corday, Mme de Staël, Mme Campan, Vigée Lebrun, Mme de La Tour du Pin, Simone de Beauvoir, Annie Ernaux and Pierrette Fleutiaux. She edited a book entitled Literate Women and the French Revolution of 1789, and has been editor of Simone de Beauvoir Studies, Pacific Coast Philology, and Women in French Studies. She has also edited or co-edited a number of Special Issues for Women in French Studies: 1) French and Francophone Women, 16th-21st Centuries: Essays on Literature, Culture and Society with Biographical and Media Resources, 2) French/Francophone Culture and Literature Through Film; 3) Les femmes et la lecture; and 4) Les femmes et le voyage. Her current scholarly work is on Paula Dumont and Irène Némirovsky.”