The Centre for the History of European Discourses was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

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BA (Queensland), MA (Queensland), DU (Nice)
Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, FAHA. 

Peter Cryle completed his MA at the University of Queensland before undertaking a doctorate at the University of Nice (France). He joined the Department of French at UQ in 1973, as a teacher and researcher specialising in modern French literature. In 2002, he was appointed as founding Director of the Centre for the History of European Discourses, a position from which he retired in October 2011. He has held a series of Discovery grants funded by the ARC, and has in recent years co-edited, with various colleagues, a number of books and journal issues bringing together papers produced in conferences organised by the Centre.

His books include The Thematics of Commitment (Princeton, 1985), Geometry in the Boudoir (Cornell, 1992), The Telling of the Act (Delaware, 2002) and, with Alison Moore, Frigidity: An Intellectual History (Palgrave, 2011). He is currently engaged with Elizabeth Stephens in a project funded by the ARC entitled “A Critical Genealogy of Normality”.
Room:        Room 505, Level 5, Forgan Smith Building
Telephone:  (07) 336 51063 


Recent articles and book chapters

  • “Contributing to the Intellectual History of Medicine,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 67 (2012): 1–6 (co-authored with Chiara Beccalossi).
  • “Vaginismus: A Franco-American Story,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 67 (2012): 71–93.
  • “On the Unsteadiness of Sexual Truth in Eighteenth-Century France,” in Kate Fisher and Sarah Toulalan (eds), Bodies, Sex and Desire from the Renaissance to the Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), 168–180.
  • “Frigidity at the Fin-de-Siècle: A Slippery and Capacious Concept,” Journal of the History of Sexuality, 19 (2010): 243–261 (co-authored with Alison Moore).
  • “Interrogating the Work of Thomas Laqueur,” Sexualities, 12 (2009): 411–417.
  • Les Choses et les Mots: Missing Words and Blurry Things in the History of Sexuality,” Sexualities, 12 (2009): 439–452.
  • “Feminine Sexual Pathologies,” Journal of the History of Sexuality, 18 (2009): 1–7 (co-authored with Lisa Downing).
  • “‘A Terrible Ordeal from Every Point of View’: (Not) Managing Female Sexuality on the Wedding Night,” Journal of the History of Sexuality, 18 (2009): 44–64.
  • “De la dévote marivaudienne, de l’indulgence, et des petits plaisirs,” Revue des Sciences Humaines, 291 (2008): 2–14.
  • “Building a Sexological Concept through Fictional Narrative: The Case of ‘Frigidity’ in Late Nineteenth-Century France,” French Cultural Studies, 19 (2008): 115–140.
  • “Playful Theory: George Poulet’s Phenomenological Thematics,” Culture, Theory and Critique, 49 (2008): 21–34.
  • “The Open Secret: Hiding and Revealing Sexuality in the Roman de mœurs (1880–1905),” Romanic Review, 97 (2006): 185–200.
  • “Charlatanism in the ‘Age of Reason,’” Cultural and Social History, 3 (2006): 243–249.
  • “La Mettrie and Charlatanism: The Dynamics of Recognition and Denunciation,” Cultural and Social History, 3 (2006): 301–314.
  • “Fore-telling Pathology: The Poetics of Prognosis,” French Cultural Studies, 17 (2006): 107–122.
  • “Claude-Joseph Dorat,” in Patrick Wald Lasowski et al. (eds), Romanciers libertins du dix-huitième siècle (Gallimard, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, 2005), 1451–1476.
  • “Love and Epistemology in French Fiction of the Fin-de-Siècle: In Search of the Pathological Unknown,” Dix-Neuf, 3 (2004): 55–74.
  • “Le Savoir-lire libertin,” in Jean-François Perrin and Patrick Stewart (eds), Du genre libertin au XVIIIe siècle (Desjonquères, 2004), 29–38.

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