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Laure Murat

Professor

E-mail: laure.murat@humnet.ucla.edu Office: Royce Hall 237

Office Hours: e-mail for Zoom appointment

Fields of interest: 19th-21st Century Literature; Cultural History; History of Psychiatry; Gender and Queer studies

Laure Murat (Ph.D., History, EHESS) is the Director of the Center for European and Russian Studies at UCLA, and professor in the Department of French and Francophone Studies. She specializes in cultural studies, history of psychiatry, and queer theory. She is the author of several books, including La Maison du docteur Blanche (Lattès, 2001, Goncourt Prize of Biography and Critics Circle Prize of the Académie française), Passage de l’Odéon (Fayard, 2003), La Loi du genre (Fayard, 2006), L’Homme qui se prenait pour Napoléon (Gallimard, 2011, Femina Prize for non-fiction), translated into English as The Man Who Thought He Was Napoleon. Towards a Political History of Psychiatry (Chicago: the University of Chicago Press, 2014), Relire and Flaubert à la Motte-Picquet (Flammarion, 2015), and Ceci n’est pas une ville (Flammarion, 2016).

Member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2005-2006), she was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship (2012-2013) for her next book, entitled Women as Symptom or Madness at Work.

“Art is what makes life more interesting than art”, Robert Filliou.

Education

  • Ph.D. in History, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)

Featured Works

Selected Publications

Edited Volumes

  • Le Paris des écrivains, Paris, Chêne, 1996, 192 p. (editor and co-author).

Courses commonly taught

  • French 114 C
  • French 130
  • French 133
  • French 207
  • French 219
  • French 220

Honors and Awards

  • Guggenheim fellowship, 2012-2013
  • Prix Femina de l’essai for L’Homme qui se prenait pour Napoléon, 2011.
  • Member, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Sciences, 2005-2006.
  • Research Grant, Missions Stendhal, Ministère des Affaires étrangères, 2002.
  • Prix du Printemps du Livre de Cassis for Passage de l’Odéon, 2004.
  • Goncourt de la biographie for La Maison du docteur Blanche, 2001.
  • Prix de la Critique de l’Académie française for La Maison du docteur Blanche, 2001.

Professional Activities

  • CSW, Member of the Faculty Advisory Board, 2017-
  • Musical Humanities, Member of the Faculty Advisory Board, 2017-
  • Undergraduate Council, Member, 2016-2019
  • LGBTQ Studies, Member of the Faculty Advisory Board, 2014-
  • Sonnets & Sonatas, a UCLA series of lecture-concerts, conception and co-direction.

Articles, Book Chapters and Prefaces

  • “Un document inédit sur le dernier internement de Nerval”, Histoires littéraires, n°61, Spring 2015, p. 69-79.
  • “Jean Oury, le temps de la transmission”, Chimères, n°84, Winter 2015, p. 13-20. http://www.cairn.info/zen.php?ID_ARTICLE=CHIME_084_0013
  • “La duchesse de Duras ou le corps du délit”, Nouvelle revue française, n°608, Spring 2014, p. 117-125.
  • “La Folie en guerre”, Les Désastres de la guerre, May 26-October 6, 2014, Musée du Louvre-Lens, Spring 2014, p. 76-79.
  • “What’s Queer about Remy, Ratatouille and French cuisine?”, What’s Queer about Europe? Productive Encounters and Re-Enchanting Paradigms(Mireille Rosello and Sudeep Dasgupta eds.), Fordham University Press, 2014, p. 136-147. http://fordham.bepress.com/media_stud/2/
  • “Les souliers rouges de la duchesse ou la vulgarité de l’aristocratie française”, Nouvelle revue française, n°603-604, Winter 2013, p. 96-106.
  • “Madness, Equality, Democracy”, Arts & Sociétés, Seminar letter n°55, Fondation de France and Centre d’Histoire de Sciences-Po, June 2012: http://www.artsetsocietes.org/a/a-murat.html
  • “Préface” to Clair obscur by Nella Larsen (first translation of Passing into French), Paris, Éditions Climats/Flammarion, 2010, p. 7-30.