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Professor Michael Lucey

Michael Lucey

Professor of French and Comparative Literature

  • Office Location: 4210 Dwinelle
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3-5


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 is currently at work on a project with the title “Proust, Sociology, Talk, Novels.” His translation of Didier Eribon’s Returning to Reims was published by Semiotext(e) in 2013, and his translation of Édouard Louis’s The End of Eddy was published in 2017.

Professor Lucey’s publications include:

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

“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 Frédéric 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.