François Proulx

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

Research Interests

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

Professional Information

My book Victims of the Book: Reading and Masculinity in Fin-de-Siècle France (University of Toronto Press, 2019) 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 late-nineteenth-century France.

Victims of the Book was awarded a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the chapter "Bourget, the Chambige Affair, and the Queer Seductions of the Novel" received the 2020 HRI Faculty Prize for Research in the Humanities. The book has been praised as "ambitious and thought-provoking ... one of Proulx's great strengths is his ability to tell a historicist, contextualist story through sustained and sensitive close readings" (French Studies); "a thorough, scholarly work grounded in research that extends well beyond even the margins of the canon and pays rewardingly close attention to texts" (French Forum). A webinar presenting it is available on H-France Salon.

I am Associate Editor of Nineteenth-Century French Studies, as well as a member of the editorial boards of Bulletin d'informations proustiennes and Bulletin Marcel Proust. I am also an affiliate 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 co-director, with Caroline Szylowicz, of the U.S. team for Corr-Proust, the new digital edition of Marcel Proust's correspondence, an ongoing international research collaboration.

Honors & Awards

Conrad Humanities Scholar (2020-2025)
HRI Prize for Research in the Humanities (2020)
Helen Corley Petit Scholar (2019-2020)
Campus Distinguished Promotion Award (2019)
NEH Fellowship (2015-2016)


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

Office Address

FLB 2150


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