Youenn Yves J Kervennic Senior Lecturer in French Studies

Youenn Kervennic, a native of France, earned his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary French Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, in 1997. His dissertation is entitled: "Le Pays bigouden: création et évolution de l'image d'une région". (The Bigouden Country: creation and evolution of the image of a region of Brittany)
At Brown, he teaches language classes with an emphasis on culture and civilization, and travels. He is the author of a novel "L'appel de la mer", which received an award from the French "Académie de Marine", and travel story "Le routard en smoking blanc". He is currently finishing a short novel "La tonne".

For the Fall semester 2017, he is on scholarly leave. 

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

research overview

Professor Kervennic's next book, LA TONNE, will be a short novel recounting the true story of a fisherman trying to beat an old record: the catch of one ton of "conger eels" in one night. It happened on the coast of Brittany, France.

research statement

LA TONNE is a new challenge for Youenn Kervennic who again writes about his life experience when he was a professional fisherman in Brittany. But in this short novel, he decided to tell his story only as a narrator. The time frame of this story remains the same, but the short novel approach allows the emergence of new characters as well as a more concise style.

funded research

University Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996.

Presidential Scholarship, Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, Michigan, 1989.