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Paul K. Saint-Amour

Associate Professor of English

Curriculum Vitae
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Paul K. Saint-Amour is Associate Professor 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 journals such as Comparative Literature Studies, Critical Inquiry, Diacritics, Modernism/Modernity, Nineteenth-Century Studies, Novel, Post 45, Public Books, Theory, Culture, and Society, and Representations, whose special “Counterfactuals” issue he co-edited with Catherine Gallagher and Mark Maslan. With Robert Spoo and Joseph Jenkins he co-edited a special "Futures of Fair Use" issue of Law and Literature.

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 sits on the editorial board of the open-access journal Authorship. From 2012-13 he served as President of the Modernist Studies Association, whose fair use task force he co-chairs with Robert Spoo.

Saint-Amour co-edits, with Jessica Berman, the Modernist Latitudes book series at Columbia UP. He edited the volume Modernism and Copyright (2011) for Oxford UP's Modernist Literature and Culture series and has just completed a book entitled Tense Future: Modernism, Total War, Encyclopedic Form, (Oxford UP, 2015).


Doctoral Dissertations Chaired


Kelly Mee Rich "States of Repair: Institutions of Private Life in the Postwar Anglophone Novel"


Jessica Hurley "Ground Zero at the City on a Hill: Apocalypse and the Politics of Form in the Nuclear Age"


Beth Blum "Proverbial Modernism: Difficult Literature and the Self-Help Hermeneutic"


Joseph Lavery "Empire in a Glass Case: Japanese Beauty, British Culture, and Transnational Aestheticism"

Courses Taught

spring 2016

ENGL 016.301 Trauma, Time, and Fiction  

fall 2015

ENGL 311.301 English Honors Program  
ENGL 600.301 Proseminar  

summer 2015

spring 2015

ENGL 059.401 This is Modernism  
ENGL 564.401 War, Form, and Theory  

fall 2014

ENGL 258.301 James Joyce  
ENGL 311.301 The English Honors Program  

summer 2014

spring 2013

ENGL 564.301 War, Form, and Theory  

fall 2012

ENGL 364.301 Nuclear Epic  

spring 2012

ENGL 259.301 Aestheticism and Decadence  

fall 2011

fall 2010

ENGL 765.401 War, Form, and Theory  

spring 2009

ENGL 568.301 Late Joyce  
ENGL 768.301 Late Joyce  

fall 2008

ENGL 016.302 Trauma, Time, Fiction  
ENGL 264.301 Nuclear Epic  

spring 2008

ENGL 259.401 Aestheticism and Decadence  

fall 2007

ENGL 765.401 Interwar Epic