Paul K. Saint-Amour
Paul K. Saint-Amour is Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of English. He works on Victorian and modernist literature, with special interests in the novel, law, trauma, and visual culture studies. After receiving his B.A. from Yale and his Ph.D. from Stanford, he taught at Pomona College for ten years before joining the Penn faculty. He has been a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, the Center for the Humanities at Cornell, and the National Humanities Center. Saint-Amour's The Copywrights: Intellectual Property and the Literary Imagination (Cornell UP, 2003) won the MLA Prize for a First Book. His articles have appeared in Comparative Literature Studies, Diacritics, Henry James Review, James Joyce Quarterly, Modernism/Modernity, Nineteenth-Century Studies, Novel, Post 45, Public Books, and Representations, whose special “Counterfactuals” issue he co-edited with Catherine Gallagher and Mark Maslan. An editorial board member of the open-access journal Authorship, he edited the volume Modernism and Copyright (2011) for Oxford UP's Modernist Literature and Culture series.
A few years ago, Saint-Amour chaired a fact-finding panel initiated by the International James Joyce Foundation (IJJF) to study the permissions history and criteria of the Estate of James Joyce and the general problem of scholarly fair use. The panel produced a detailed FAQ, "James Joyce: Copyright, Fair Use, and Permissions." Saint-Amour is now a Trustee of the IJJF and President of the Modernist Studies Association.
Saint-Amour co-edits, with Jessica Berman, the Modernist Latitudes book series at Columbia UP. With Robert Spoo and Joseph Jenkins he co-edited a special "Futures of Fair Use" issue of Law and Literature. He is currently at work on a book-length project entitled Archive, Bomb, Civilian: Modernism in the Shadow of Total War.
In Summer 2012, Professor Saint-Amour co-directed, with Professor Kevin Dettmar of Pomona College, an NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, "James Joyce's Ulysses: Text and Contexts," at Trinity College, Dublin. In March 2013 he helped organize a Disability & Modernism conference at Penn.