Michael Lucey
Professor of Comparative Literature & French
Department of Comparative Literature, Department of French
mlucey@berkeley.edu
(510) 642-2712

Research Expertise and Interest

pragmatics, the novel, sexuality studies, comparative literature, French, French literature, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, British literature and culture, social and literary theory, cultural studies of music, studies of language in use, theories of practice, twentieth-century American literature.

Description

Professor Lucey specializes in French literature and culture of the 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-centuries. He also teaches about social, literary, and critical theory, sexuality studies, 19th- and 20th-century British literature and culture, and 20th-century American literature and culture. He has recently completed a book project titled "Someone: The Pragmatics of Misfit Sexualities in French Literature from Colette to Hervé Guibert". The working title for his next project is "Proust, Sociology, Talk, Novels: The Novel Form and Language-in-Use."

Recent publications include:

Never Say I: Sexuality and the First Person in Colette, Gide, and Proust (Duke University Press, 2006).

The Misfit of the Family: Balzac and the Social Forms of Sexuality (Duke University Press, 2003).

“The Contexts of Marguerite Duras’s Homophobia.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 19, no. 3 (2013): 341-379.

"Mystères de la chair." In Gerard Bonal and Frédéric Maget, eds., Cahiers de l'Herne. Colette. Paris: Editions de l'Herne. 2011.

"A Literary Object's Contextual Life." In Ali Behdad and Dominic Thomas, eds., A Companion to Comparative Literature. Pp. 120-35. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. 2011.

"When? Where? What?" In Janet Halley and Andrew Parker, eds., After Sex? On Writing since Queer Theory. Pp. 221-44. Durham: Duke University Press. 2011.

"Simone de Beauvoir and Sexuality in the Third Person." Representations 109 (Winter 2010): 95-121.  

Professor Lucey was also the founding director of Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Sexual Culture, which sponsors lectures, conferences, fellowships and workshops.

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