Michael Lucey

4210 Dwinelle
Office Hours: 
Mondays 3-5

Research Areas

Comparative Literature; Modern French Literature and Culture; Modern English and American Literature and Culture; The Novel; Literary and Cultural Criticism and Theory; Social Theory; Linguistic Anthropology; Sexuality Studies; Cultural Studies of Music.


Michael Lucey specializes in French literature and culture of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. He also teaches regularly about nineteenth and twentieth-century British and American literature and culture, the novel in particular. Other areas of interest include sexuality studies; social and literary theory; cultural studies of music.  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); Gide’s Bent: Sexuality, Politics, Writing (Oxford University Press, 1995).  He is currently completing a book project called Proust, Talk, Sociology, Novels.

The Misfit of the Family has been translated into French as Les ratés de la famille (Fayard, 2008).  His current project is called Proust, Sociology, Talk, Novels: The Novel Form and Language-in-Use. He also co-edited a recent issue of Representations (Winter 2017) on “Language-in-Use and the Literary Artifact.” (Ph.D., Princeton University)