Emile RIPERT became a Doctor of Letters at the Sorbonne in 1918, by defending his thesis entitled “La Renaissance Provençale” accompanied by the additional thesis “la versification de Mistral”. This book is the most comprehensive study that has been done on the literary movements of the South of France from the Troubadours to the Felibré movement.
The publication of his thesis on the Provençal Renaissance, his lectures and his numerous publications of works on Provence studied and sung in verse in all its aspects gave him a fame that went beyond his region and which led him to be chosen to occupy the chair of literature and Provençal language which was created in 1920 at the University of Aix en Provence.
He also went to Corsica every year where he chaired the jury for the baccalaureate exams. He was appreciated by his students because they said:
« Emile RIPERT is spontaneous, not at all proud and of infinite kindness » »
He is at the heart of debates when it comes to regionalism and he will steadfastly defend the idea of admitting the Provençal to the baccalaureate. In 1925 he published a brochure “Should we admit the Mistral Language to the Baccalaureate? « . His action for the admission of Provençal to the baccalaureate was ardent. He ended up getting what he had long been asking for. His whole life has been devoted to studying and disseminating the wealth of events, men and literature from the south of France which has always been in his eyes a gold mine that can be the source of a teaching of high spiritual value. .
In 1933, a fervent supporter of a great Union between all the countries of Latin origin, he actively participated in the creation of the Mediterranean University Center of Nice, which his great friend Maurice Mignon was to take over.
“Provençals of the Provençal language or of the French language, by parallel paths let’s go towards the same goal. Isn’t this goal to develop, in this admirable garden organized by nature for the most beautiful development of all human possibilities, on the land marked forever by the Latin « oc », an original civilization where the Would Spain and Africa come to temper their ardor with the wet gentleness of the Gauls, where France mixes her strength with the caress of Italy? « Emile Ripert
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