People in French

Tout est dit, et l’on vient trop tard.

— La Bruyère

Professor Michael Lucey

Michael Lucey

Professor of French and Comparative Literature

  • Office Location: 4210 Dwinelle
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-2 and Thursdays 3-4


Michael Lucey’s CV

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 project titled “Someone: The Pragmatics of Misfit Sexualities in French Literature from Colette to Hervé Guibert,” and is currently at work on a project with the title “Proust, Sociology, Talk, Novels: The Novel Form and Language-in-Use.” His translation of Didier Eribon’s Returning to Reims was published by Semiotext(e) in 2013.

Publications include:

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

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).

“Mystères de la chair.” In Gerard Bonal and FrĂ©dĂ©ric Maget, eds., Cahiers de l’Herne. Colette. Pp. 231-38. 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.