Lawrence Kritzman

Professor Granted France’s Top Award, the Legion d’Honneur

Lawrence Kritzman, professor of French and of comparative literature, has been named to the Legion d’Honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The award, created by Napoleon in 1802 to honor meritorious service to France, is the highest that the country bestows on an individual. It is reserved for those whose merits or accomplishments have made a positive and significant impact on France.

Kritzman’s recognition reflects the “quality of the entirety of [his] publications and [his] many contributions to the promotion and dissemination of French culture.” Kritzman will be inducted into the Legion this spring at a ceremony to be convened by French Ambassador to the United States François Delattre.

“I am absolutely thrilled that Larry Kritzman has been honored in this fashion,” said Adrian Randolph, associate dean of the faculty for the arts and humanities and the Leon E. Williams Professor of Art History. “This award makes visible his enormous contributions to the field of French Renaissance literature, and to the study of French culture more broadly.”