Emeritus Professor Peter Cryle
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.
- Frigidity: An Intellectual History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), co-authored with Alison Moore.
- Sexuality at the Fin de Siècle: The Makings of a “Central Problem” (University of Delaware Press, 2008), co-edited with Christopher E. Forth.
- Libertine Enlightenment: Sex, Liberty and Licence in the Eighteenth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), co-edited with Lisa O’Connell.
- La Crise du plaisir, 1740-1830 (Presses Universitaires de Lille, 2003).
- The Telling of the Act: Sexuality as Narrative in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century France (University of Delaware Press, 2002).
- Geometry in the Boudoir: Configurations of French Erotic Narrative (Cornell University Press, 1992).
- The Tower and the Plain: The Thematics of Commitment (Princeton University Press, 1984).
- Roger Martin du Gard: de l’intégrité de l’être à l’intégrité du roman (Minard, 1980).
- “L’Exil et le royaume” d’Albert Camus: bilan critique (Paris: Minard, 1973).
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.