Michèle H. Richman

Professor Emerita of Romance Languages

Relations between literature, anthropology, and social criticism, especially in the 20th century. She also has a strong interest in the history and development of critical theory and has taught graduate courses on Proust, Barthes, various aspects of France and its Others, Anthropology and Modernism. She has supervised theses on topics including erotic writings by female authors, theories of the "quotidian" and the writings of George Perec, theatre and community since Mallarmé and Surrealism. Her publications include Reading Georges Bataille: Beyond the GiftSacred Revolutions: Durkheim and the College de Sociologie, and articles devoted to Mauss, Bataille, Leiris, and Barthes.