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Lawrence Schehr

Our colleague, Larry Schehr, a scholar of international stature in the field of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature and gay, queer, and gender studies, died June 30, 2011, in Urbana, Illinois. He had been at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, since 2000. His home department was French but he was affiliated with Comparative and World Literature, Gender and Women's Studies, Jewish Studies, the European Union Center, and the Unit for Theory and Interpretive Criticism. He was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques in 2001 by the French government. While at the University of Illinois, he served as Associate Dean for the Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2003-2006, directing the Mellon grant program during his tenure.

He organized numerous, important conferences and colloquia while at Illinois: Proust and His Era (2010), Rhetoric of the Other, V (2008), Interfaces and Visualizations (2007), Shame and Other Affects (2005), Twentieth-Century French Studies (2003), French Cultural Studies: The State of the Art (with Jean-Philippe Mathy and Andrea Goulet, 2001), Women and Francophony (with Evelyne Accad, 2001), Nineteenth-Century French Studies: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful (2000). The courses that he taught also reflect the horizon of his intellectual interests: Proust, Elements of Narrative, Exploring Paris, Changements paradigmatiques dans la culture française: 1789-présent, Subjectivités narratives, Les modernismes artistiques: 1918-1939, Le corps littéraire, Le 11 septembre et après, Naturalisme et nature, Postmodern Sexualities, Theories of Cultural Studies, La femme-objet, Minorités sexuelles et littératures d'expression française, as well as core courses for the Department's undergraduate curriculum.

We miss his intellectual energy and his advocacy of the humanities. For the conference honoring his scholarly achievements, please visit:

Publications include:


French Gay Modernism (University of Illinois Press, 2004)

Figures of Alterity: French Narrative and Its Others (Stanford U.P., 2003)

Parts of an Andrology: On Representations of Men's Bodies. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997.

Rendering French Realism. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997.

Alcibiades at the Door: Gay Discourses in French Literature. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995.

The Shock of Men: Homosexual Hermeneutics and French Writing. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995.

Flaubert and Sons: Readings of Flaubert, Zola, and Proust. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 1986.

Books Edited

French Food: On the Table, on the Page, and in French Culture. Co-editor, Allen S. Weiss. New York: Routledge, 2001.

Articulations of Difference: Gender Studies and Writing in French. Co-editor, Dominique Fisher. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997.

Special Issues of Journals Edited

Queer au masculin. CRIN. (2004)

Writing after the Erotic. L'Esprit Créateur. (2004). Co-editor Jean-François Fourny.

French Cultural Studies: The State of the Art. Contemporary French Civilization 26:2 (2002).

"Jean-François Lyotard: Time and Judgment." Yale French Studies 99 (2001). Co-editor, Robert Harvey.

"Reading Violence." SubStance 86 (1997). Co-editor, David F. Bell.

"Cultural Studies, Cultural Wars." Contemporary French Civilization 21.2 (1997). Co-editor, Jean-François Fourny.

"Discourses and Sex." Contemporary French Civilization 16.2 (1992).

"Fins de siècle." L'Esprit Créateur 32.4 (1992).