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College of Arts and Sciences

 Leung, Cecile   Name:  Cécile FC Leung 
Title:  Professor of French 
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Chicago
M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Chicago
Office:  227 Kinard Hall  
Phone:  803/323-2616 
18th-Century French Literature, 18th-Century French Societies of Learning, Francophone Literature of the Mascarenhas Group of Islands of the Indian Ocean, Africa, and the Caribbean Islands, Sinology and Orientalism: The Impact of China on 18th-Century European Literature, French Education in China: 18th-20th Centuries, Voltaire and China

Dr. Leung is professor of French at Winthrop. After earning her Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Chicago, Leung taught briefly at Loyola University and Rosary College in Chicago, Il., before joining the faculty of the Department of Modern Languages at Winthrop. Her abilities in French, English, and Chinese enabled her to pursue archival works on an 18th-century Parisian scholar who was interested in Oriental languages: Etienne Fourmont (1683-1745), a member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres who wrote grammars on Arabic, Chinese, and Hebrew. Leung’s work Etienne Fourmont (1683-1745) Oriental and Chinese Languages in 18th-Century France (Louvain: Leuven University Press, 2002) was awarded the Prix Ikuo Hirayama by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Institut de France, Paris, in June 2003. This book is an important source of information for researchers working in the field of sinology, or the study of Chinese language and literature in Western scholarship.

Leung also has published articles on Francophone literature and presented papers on 18th-century and modern French literatures. At Winthrop, she enjoys teaching French language and literature while instilling in her students a passion for French and an openness to the world.