François Proulx

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Contact Information

FLB 2103
Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • Québec and francophone literatures
  • Literary theory, translation studies
  • Marcel Proust

Research Description

My book Victims of the Book: Reading and Masculinity in Fin-de-Siècle France (forthcoming from University of Toronto Press) shows how, in a cultural context of perceived national decline and contentious educational reforms, the adolescent male reader became a subject of grave social concern in fin-de-siècle France. This project was awarded a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

I am a member of the Proust research team (Équipe Proust) at ITEM, the Institute for Modern Texts and Manuscripts, Paris (Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes, CNRS/ENS).

I am Associate Editor of Corr-Proust, the new digital edition of Marcel Proust's correspondence, an international collaborative project bringing together the University of Ilinois, ITEM, and the Université Grenoble Alpes.


  • PhD, Harvard University
  • BA, McGill University (First-Class Honours)

Courses Taught

  • French 211: Introduction to Literary Studies
  • French 311: Love Stories
  • French 322: World Literature in French
  • French 336: French Cultural History 1789-1968
  • French 443: Quebec Literature and Film
  • French 574: Reading in the 19th-Century French Novel
  • French 578: Marcel Proust
  • French 579: French Literature meets Queer Theory

Additional Campus Affiliations

Highlighted Publications

Proust and the ArtsProust and the Arts (Cambridge University Press, 2015; paperback, 2018) brings together expert Proustians and renowned interdisciplinary scholars in a major reconsideration of the novelist's relation to the arts. 

Recent Publications

Proulx, François. "Proust's Drawings and the Secret of the "Solitary House"". MLN - Modern Language Notes. 2018, 133(4). 865-890.

Proulx, Francois. "Une lettre à Léon Bailby". Bulletin d’informations proustiennes. 2018, (48). 15-23.

Proulx, Francois. "Deux lettres à René Peter". Bulletin d’informations proustiennes. 2017, (47). 37-45.

Proulx, Francois. "P/Reparation: Barthes and Sedgwick". Romance Studies. 2016, 34(3-4). 174-184.

McDonald, Christie and Francois Proulx "Introduction". and McDonald, Christie Proulx, François (ed.). Proust and the Arts. Cambridge University Press. 2015, 1-8.

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