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:
What Proust Heard: Novels and the Ethnography of Talk (University of Chicago Press, 2022)
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).
"Speech." In Anna Elsner and Tom Stern, eds., The Proustian Mind. Routledge. Forthcoming, 2023.
"Introduction: Proust's Modernist Sociology." In "Approaching Proust in 2022." A special issue of Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory 45, no. 1 (2022): 1-21.
"How You Read Madame Bovary." Representations 156 (Fall 2021): 27-54.
“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.
“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.
"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.