Emeritus Professor Peter Cryle

Emeritus Professor

Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 51063


Professor Peter Cryle’s research interests include representations of psycho-sexual pathology in popular and middle-brow French fiction of the fin-de-siècle. He also has a strong interest in the literature of libertine enlightenment in French.

BA (Queensland), MA (Queensland), DU (Nice)

Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, FAHA

Peter Cryle is the author of Bilan Critique : "L'Exil et le royaume" d'Albert Camus. Essai d'analyse (Paris: Lettres Modernes, 1973); Roger Martin du Gard, ou De l'intégrité de l'être à l'intégrité du roman (Paris: Lettres Modernes, 1984); The Thematics of Commitment: The Tower and the Plain (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985); Geometry in the Boudoir: Shifting Positions in Classical French Erotic Narrative (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Telling of the Act: Eroticism as Narrative in French Fiction of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Delaware: Delaware University Press, 2001); La Crise du plaisir, 1740-1830 (Lille: Septentrion, 2003). He is co-editor, with Lisa O'Connell, of Libertine Enlightenment: Sex, Liberty, and Licence in the Eighteenth Century (London: Palgrave, 2003).

Recent articles and book chapters include "Etat présent de la critique sadienne", Dix-Huitième Siècle, 31, 1999, 507-524; "Beyond the Canonical Sade", Paragraph, Vol. XXIII, 1, March 2000, 15-25; "Making Room for Women in Pornographic Writing of the Early Nineteenth Century: Entre chien et loup, by Félicité de Choiseul-Meuse", in Lloyd and Nelson (eds) Women Seeking Expression, Monash, Monash Romance Studies, 2001, 11-23; "Petite-maîtrise: The Ethics of Libertine Foppery", Esprit Créateur, 2003, and "Le Marbre féminin", Revue des Sciences Humaines, 2003.

He is currently preparing a book on representations of psycho-sexual pathology in popular and middle-brow French fiction of the fin-de-siècle, tentatively entitled The Pathological Unknown.


  • Fellow of Academy of Humanities
  • Doctorat De L'Universite, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis
  • Master of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Cryle, Peter (2015). Anachronistic Readings of Eighteenth-Century Libertinage in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century France. Sex, Knowledge, and Receptions of the Past. (pp. 65-85) edited by Kate Fisher and Rebecca Langlands. Oxford, London: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660513.001.0001

  • Cryle, Peter (2015). Translation as lexical invention: an intellectual history of frigiditas and anaphrodisia. Sexology and Translation: Cultural and Scientific Encounters Across the Modern World. (pp. 19-36) edited by Heike Bauer. Philadelphia, PA, United States: Temple University Press.

  • Cryle, Peter (2013). Fairytale humanity in French libertine fiction of the mid-eighteenth century. Representing humanity in the Age of Enlightenment. (pp. 161-172) edited by Alexander Cook, Ned Curthoys and Shino Konishi. London, United Kingdom: Pickering & Chatto Publishers.

  • Cryle, Peter (2012). Humanities research agendas in Australia since 1969: literary and textual studies. Taking stock: the humanities in Australian life since 1968. (pp. 46-52) edited by Ian Donaldson and Mark Finnane. Perth, WA, Australia: University of Western Australia Press.

  • Cryle, Peter (2011). On the unsteadiness of sexual truth in eighteenth-century France. Bodies, sex and desire from the renaissance to the present. (pp. 168-180) edited by Kate Fisher and Sarah Toulalan. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Cryle, P. M. and Forth, C. E. (2008). Introduction: The Makings of a Central Problem. Sexuality at the Fin de Siècle: The Making of a "Central Problem". (pp. 9-22) edited by Cryle, P. M. and Forth, C. E.. Newark, Delaware, USA: University of Delaware Press.

  • Cryle, P. M. (2008). The Aesthetics of the Spasm. Sexuality at the Fin de Siècle: The Makings of a "Central Problem". (pp. 77-92) edited by Cryle, P. M. and Forth, C. E.. Newark, Delaware, USA: University of Delaware Press.

  • Cryle, P. M. (2005). Dorat. Romanciers libertins du dix-huitieme siecle, Vol II. (pp. 1451-1476) edited by Patrick Wald Lasowski. Paris, France: Gallimard.

  • Cryle, P. M. (2004). Codified indulgence: The niceties of libertine ethics in Casanova and his contemporaries.. Libertine Enlightenment: Sex, Liberty and Licence in the Eighteenth Century.. (pp. 48-60) edited by P. Cryle and L. O'Connell. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/9780230522817

  • Cryle, P. M. and O'Connell, L. M. (2004). Sex, liberty and licence in the eighteenth century. Libertine Enlightenment: Sex, Liberty and Licence in the Eighteenth Century. (pp. 1-14) edited by Peter Cryle and Lisa O'Connell. Basingstoke, England ; New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Cryle, Peter and O'Connell, Lisa (2003). Sex, liberty and licence in the eighteenth century. In Peter Kryle and Lisa O'Connell (Ed.), Libertine enlightenment: sex liberty and licence in the eighteenth century (pp. 1-14) London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9780230522817

  • Cryle, P. M. (2001). Producing the voice in erotic narrative. Telling Performances: Essays on Gender, Narrative, and Performance. (pp. 97-133) edited by B. Nelson, A. Freadman and P. Anderson. Newark: University of Delaware Press.

  • Cryle, P. M. (2000). The Kama Sutra as curriculum. Taught Bodies. (pp. 17-25) edited by C. O'Farrell, D. Meadmore, E. McWilliam and C. Symes. New York: Peter Lang.

  • Cryle, P. M. (1999). Nouvelles, aspects thematiques. Albert Camus 18: La reception de l'oeuvre de Camus en U.R.S.S. et en R.D.A.. (pp. 160-165) edited by Raymond Gay-Crosier. Paris: Lettres modernes minard.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Cryle, Peter (2004). Le savoir-lire libertin. La Litterature 'Libertine' au XVIIIe Siecle: Existe-t-il un Genre Libertin?, Grenoble, France, 26-28 September 2002. Paris, France: Desjonqueres.

  • Cryle, P. M. (2001). Detouring via the other: Representations of Frenchness in some Australian advertisements. Mapping the Territory, Leeds/Leeds Metropoligan University, December 1999. Glasgow, U.K.: University of Glasgow French and German Publications.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision