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Michael Winston

Associate Professor, 18th Century French Literature

Kaufman Hall 215

(405) 325-1554


Michael Winston is an Associate Professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. He completed his B.A. at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1987; his M.A. at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in 1990; and his Ph.D. at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1995 with a dissertation on the representation of sexuality in eighteenth-century French literature, medicine, and philosophy. He joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma in 1999.

Professor Winston's teaching and research interests include 17th-century drama, 18th-century philosophy (materialism, sensationism) and literature, the history of medicine, and Francophone literature (especially the literatures of North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean).

Dr. Winston is currently preparing a manuscript on the eighteenth-century philosopher and ethnographer Cornelius de Pauw's research on the Americas as well as an article on Gisèle Pineau's La Grande Drive des esprits.

Selected Publications

His most recent publications include From Perfectibility to Perversion: Meliorism in Eighteent-Century France (2005), a study that traces the evolution of human perfectibility discourses during the second half of the eighteenth-century and the early post-Revolutionary period, and "Medicine, Marriage, and Human Degeneration in the French Enlightenment" (Eighteenth-Century Studies 38.2 [2005]). He has also published in Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, and has presented papers at a variety of regional, national and international conferences. His research has been supported by numerous grants and awards and, in 2000, he received the Cecil W. Woods Award for excellence in the teaching of modern foreign languages.