Michael Lucey

Michael Lucey

Dept of Comparative Literature
Dept of French
(510) 642-2712
(510) 642-8852
Research Expertise and Interest
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, linguistic anthropology, theories of practice, twentieth-century American literature.
Research Description

Michael 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. His most recent book is titled "Someone: The Pragmatics of Misfit Sexualities, from Colette to Hervé Guibert." He has recently completed a new manuscript titled "Talk's Work: Proust and the Novel's Ethnography of Speaking."

Recent publications include:

Someone: The Pragmatics of Misfit Sexualities, from Colette to Hervé Guibert (University of Chicago Press, 2019)

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).

“‘La recherche que l’on peut dire formelle’: Proust with Bourdieu.”  In Patrick Crowley and Shirley Jordan, eds., What Forms Can Do: The Work of Form in 20th- and 21st- Century French Literature and Thought. Pp. 219-35. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2020.

“Real-Time Literary Texts.” College English 82, no. 1 (2019): 41-54.

Ami ou protégé: Balzac, Proust and the Variability of Friendship.” In The Art of Friendship in France, 1789-1914, a special issue of Romanic Review 110 (2019): 187-202. 

“What You Might Hear When People Talk, or Proust as a Linguistic Anthropologist.” In Matt Phillips and Tomas Weber, eds., Parasites: Exploitation and Interference in French Thought and Culture. Pp. 113-46. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018.

“On Proust and Talking to Yourself.” Qui Parle 26, no. 2 (2017): 281-293.

“Introduction: Language-in-Use and Literary Fieldwork,” co-authored with Tom McEnaney. In “Language-in-Use and the Literary Artifact.” A special issue of Representations, no. 137 (Winter 2017): 1-22.

“Proust’s Bifurs.” In Patrick McGuinness and Emily McLaughlin, eds., The Made and the Found: Essays, Prose and Poetry in Honour of Michael Sheringham. Pp. 145-156. Oxford: Legenda, 2017.

“Proust and Language-in-Use.”  Novel: A Forum on Fiction 48, no. 2 (2015): 261-279.

"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.

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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