Lucille Toth

Assistant Professor of French (Newark campus)



Assistant Professor Lucille Toth trained in contemporary and modern dance at the Ecole Professionnelle Supérieure d’Enseignement de la danse in France and holds a PhD in French studies from the University of Southern California. Her areas of specialization lie at the intersections of dance performance studies, literature, medical humanities, and queer theory. Her writing has appeared in numerous edited collections and academic journals, including Forum for Modern Language Studies, French Cultural Studies and SITES. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. Dr. Toth is the co-editor of Danse contemporaine et littérature (Paris: Centre National de la Danse, 2015), focusing exclusively on the intersections between postmodern dance and letters in France. Projects underway include a book tentatively entitled Le virus et ses mouvements. Performer la contamination dans la littérature et la danse contemporaine française, which explores our current (so-called) post-AIDS era and considers the traces and trauma that remain from the height of the epidemic whose impact was especially felt in dance communities. Assembling an archive of eclectic materials--including medical treatises, memoires, internet posts, novels, and ballets--this book amounts to an innovative and interdisciplinary cultural history of “viral choreography” in France and beyond. Dr. Toth also participates in collaborative art works outside of academia. In 2013, she worked as a consultant with contemporary French choreographer Thomas Lebrun as he created his piece Trois décennies d’amour cerné, a four-part ballet on the emotional trauma from the epidemic carried by the millennial generation. As she continues to investigate the crucial links between dance, gender, medicine, and justice, her new work takes up issues of class and race within the context of global popular culture.

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Areas of Expertise
  • Contemporary French Culture
  • Dance Studies
  • Medical Humanities
  • Queer Theories
  • PhD in French Studies, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • MA in French Studies, Université de Montréal, Quebec, Canada
  • BA in Performance Studies, Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier, France
  • Examen d’Aptitude Technique (EAT) – degree in contemporary dance, EPSE Danse, France

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