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Václav Paris

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Václav Paris

Assistant Professor

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Václav Paris has been an assistant professor at City College since 2014. He has taught courses on global modernism and comparative literature, in addition to introductions to the classics, and James Joyce’s Ulysses. His research interests include literary history, nationalism, narratology, and intersections between queer theory and evolutionary science. Paris is curently working on a book manuscript titled “The Evolutions of Modernist Epic,” which considers the changing relations between modernist national narrative and evolutionary theory from the 1910s to the 1930s. Individual chapters focus on work by Gertrude Stein, Jaroslav Hašek, James Joyce, and Mário de Andrade. A short article adapted from this book manuscript, “Beginning Again with Modernist Epic,” is forthcoming in Modernism/modernity.  

Václav Paris is also a passionate scholar of languages. His work spans a number of different national and linguistic traditions, including Czech, French, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Italian. He is a published translator from Czech into English, and his most recent translation, The Philosophy of Living Nature will be published in May 2016 (distributed in the U.S. by Chicago University Press).

Václav Paris is the recipient of numerous awards, including a scholarship at the wonderful James Joyce Foundation in Zurich, and, most recently, a six-month National Endowment in the Humanities grant supporting full-time research for his book throughout the spring semester of 2016.

In 2015, he was a lecturer at the Trieste James Joyce School. 


Ph.D. The University of Pennsylvania, 2014.
M.Phil. Cambridge University, 2008.
B.A. University College London, 2006.


Articles and Book Chapters
“Beginning Again with Modernist Epic.” Modernism/modernity. Forthcoming.

“T.E. Lawrence’s The Seven Pillars of Wisdom and the Erotics of Literary History: Straddling Epic.” English Literature in Transition. Forthcoming. 2017.

“Osudy a Encyklopedie.” Fikce Jaroslava Haška, ed. František Podhajský. Forthcoming.

“Pound and Disability.” Paideuma. Forthcoming 2016.

“Modernism, History, and Censorship: The United States vs. Two Books: Pay Day and Ulysses, 1930-1933,” in Paparunas, Penny, Martin Heusser and Frances Ilmberger, eds. Parallaxing Joyce. Narr Francke Attempto Verlag. Forthcoming 2016.

“The Queer Dialectic of Whitman’s Nation: ‘Let’ in “Respondez,” Arizona Quarterly 69.3 (Autumn 2013): 1-22.

“Picturing the Wake: Arcimboldo, Joyce and his ‘Monster,’” James Joyce Quarterly. 49.2. (Winter 2012): 235-260.

“Uncreative Influence: Louis Aragon’s Paysan de Paris and Walter Benjamin’s Passagen-Werk,” Journal of Modern Literature. 37.1 (Fall 2013): 21-39.

“Gertrude Stein’s Translations of Philippe Pétain’s Speeches,” Jacket 2 (May 6, 2013).

“Poetry in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Marjorie Perloff's Unoriginal Genius, and Charles Bernstein's Attack of the Difficult Poems,” Journal of Modern Literature. 35.3. (2012): 183-199.

“On The Consolation of Poetry: On Two Recent Books by René Char,” Jacket 2 (March 26, 2012).

“On Being George Oppen: A Review of Peter Nicholls, George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism,Journal of Modern Literature, 34.1 (Fall 2010): 182-184.

“On Surrealism and the Art of Crime: Considered as One of the Fine Starts,” Journal of Modern Literature 33.4 (Summer 2010): 190-197.

“The Fourth Annual UCD James Joyce Research Colloquium: 14–16 April 2011,” Dublin James Joyce Journal, 4 (2011): 127-30.

“A Backward Glance at the XXII International James Joyce Symposium, Prague, Czech Republic, 13-18 June 2010,” James Joyce Quarterly, 47.1 (Fall 2009): 18-20.

Paris, Václav, et al. "Prahafest: Impressions of the 22nd International James Joyce Symposium, Prague: 13-18 June 2010," James Joyce Broadsheet, no. 87 (October 2010): 1.

Kratochvíl, Zdeněk, The Philosophy of Nature. Prague; Chicago: Karolinum (Charles University Press); Chicago University Press. Forthcoming 2016.

Neubauer, Zdeněk, Consolatio Philosophiae Hodierna. Prague: Library of Václav Havel, 2010.

Courses Taught

Great Books and their Legacies, Fall 2016
Introduction to Literary Study, Fall 2016
Modernism. The City College of New York, Fall 2015*
Introduction to Comparative Literature. The City College of New York, Fall 2015
James Joyce. The City College of New York, Spring 2015
World Humanities. The City College of New York, Spring 2014
Introduction to Literary Study. The City College of New York, Fall 2014
Modernism. The City College of New York, Fall 2014*

*Graduate Course

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