Michael Lucey Book Chat

Michael Lucey Book Chat

Berkeley Book Chats

In What Proust Heard (Chicago, 2022), Michael Lucey (Comparative Literature and French) elucidates Proust’s approach to language-in-use in a number of ways: principally in relation to linguistic anthropology, but also in relation to speech act theory, and to Pierre Bourdieu’s sociology. The book includes an interlude after each of its chapters that contextualizes Proust’s social-scientific practice of novel writing in relation to that of a number of other novelists, including Honoré de Balzac, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Nathalie Sarraute, and Rachel Cusk.

Lucey is joined by Suzanne Guerlac (French).