John Lyons

Commonwealth Professor of French
353 New Cabell Hall


2018 Spring Semester Office Hours: 
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

10:00 am 11:00am
and by appointment


  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Brown University
  • Master of Arts (MA), Yale University
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Yale University

Research Interests

17th-century French theatre, poetry, and non-fiction prose; French cinema.

Representative Recent Publications

The Cambridge Companion to French Literature, (Editor).  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, December, 2015.
The Phantom of Chance.  From Fortune to Randomness in Seventeenth-Century French Literature. Edinburgh Critical Studies in Renaissance Culture.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011.
French Literature. A Very Short Introduction.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Chance, Literature, and Culture in Early-Modern France, (Editor with J. Kathleen Wine). Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009.
Before Imagination.  Embodied Thought From Montaigne to Rousseau.  Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2005.
“Montaigne and History,” in the Oxford Handbook of Montaigne, ed. Philippe Desan (Oxford University Press, 2016), 215-231.
“God as Creator of Illusion in Pascal’s Pensées,” in Die Kunst der Täuschung, ed. Kirstin Dickhaut (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2016), 213-228.
“Racine’s Silent Places, in L'éloquence du silence sur la scène théâtrale du 17e et 18e siècles, Hélène Bilis et Jennifer Tamas, eds. (Paris: Editions Garnier, 2014), 217-237.
“Language, Image, and the Double,” in Method and Variation, eds. Emma Gilby and Paul White (London: Legenda, Maney Publishing, 2013), 105-118.
“Vouloir, être, héros,” in Corneille: Héros ou personnages, ed. Myriam Maître (Rouen: Presses Universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2013), 227-241.
“Material Fatality: Props and the Baroque Drama of Chance,” in “Walter Benjamin’s Hypothetical French Trauerspiel,” issue of  Yale French Studies, no. 124 (2013), 36-49.
“Pascal et les frontières du visible,” in L’Œil classique,” special issue of Littératures classiques, number 82 (2013), 145-157. 
“Tragedy: Early to Mid-Seventeenth Century,” in the Cambridge History of French Literature, ed. B. Burgwinkle, N. Hammond, and E. Wilson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 2011), 253-261.