Former Newberry Fellow wins award and teaches using French pamphlet collection | Newberry

Former Newberry Fellow wins award and teaches using French pamphlet collection

Professor Yann Robert, UIC

Professor Yann Robert, University of Illinois at Chicago

The Newberry Institute for Research and Education and the Center for Renaissance Studies offer a hearty congratulations to Newberry collaborator and former Newberry fellow Yann Robert, Assistant Professor in the Department of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who received UIC’s “2018 Scholar of the Year Award.” In announcing the award, UIC noted that Professor Robert’s scholarship had been supported by an Andrew W. Mellon long-term fellowship at the Newberry in 2013-14.


Professor Robert has made the Newberry his scholarly second home, leading multiple UIC class visits to our reading rooms each year. For the past three years, his undergraduate and graduate students have engaged with the Newberry’s recently-digitized collection of 30,000 French pamphlets. In partnership with the Newberry’s Digital Initiatives and Services department, they developed the website, “Translating French History, 1500-1850,” which includes translations of and textual essays about French pamphlets related to theater and politics in the 17th and 18th centuries. He returned to the Newberry with a class this spring semester to examine collection items related to Marie-Joseph Chenier’s Charles IX, the most famous play of the French Revolution, with the intention of including a translation of this entire publication on the site as well.


Finally, Robert recently published Dramatic Justice: Trial by Theater in the Age of the French Revolution with the University of Pennsylvania Press. He recounts a new history of the French judicial system through what he calls a “theatrical lens.” To learn more about Robert’s research and teaching and his digital humanities project, listen to a Newberry podcast, “Political Life in the French Theater,” recorded in 2018.

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