Sydney S. Lévy


Office Location

Phelps 5216


Professor Emeritus of French and Italian


After earning his B.S. in Physiology and his M.A. in French from the University of Illinois, Professor Lévy received his Ph.D. in French from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Professor of French and Comparative Literature. His research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, contemporary poetry, fantastic literature, cognitive and epistemological approaches to literature, literary theory and literary translation. His publications include Francis Ponge. De la connaissance en poésie (1999) and The Play of the Text: Max Jacob’s Le Cornet à dés (1981), as well as articles on Robert Desnos, André Breton, Michel Deguy, Francis Ponge: Lorand Gaspar, Edmond Jabés, Raymond Queneau, Georges Perec, Oulipo, E. A. Poe, Ada Lovelace Byron, and Balzac in such journals as Texte, Littérature, Enseignement, Modern Language Notes, Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature, Action Poétique, Europe and Yale French Studies.