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Paul Saint-Amour

Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities & Professor of English

Curriculum Vitae
Fisher-Bennett Hall 215

Office Hours

spring 2018

T 1:30–3:30 p.m. & Fri 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Paul Saint-Amour works on Victorian and modernist literature and has special interests in the novel, law, trauma, visual culture, and sound 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, PMLAPost 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. He's currently editing a special issue of Modernism/modernity on weak theory.

Saint-Amour served as President of the Modernist Studies Association from 2012-13. A few years ago, he 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 currently a trustee of the IJJF. He also serves on the faculty editorial board of the University of Pennsylvania Press and on the editorial board of PMLA.

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. His most recent book, Tense Future: Modernism, Total War, Encyclopedic Form (Oxford UP, 2015), won the Modernist Studies Association Book Prize and the MLA's first annual Matei Calinescu Prize.


Articles and Book Chapters

Doctoral Dissertations Chaired


Kelly Mee Rich "States of Repair: Institutions of Private Life in the Postwar Anglophone Novel"
Gabriel Sessions "To Feel Thought as Immediately as a Rose: Philosophy, Modernism, and Utopian Collaborations"


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 2018

ENGL 061.401 This is Modernism  
ENGL 584.401 Narrating Environment  

fall 2017

ENGL 016.302 Counterfictions  
ENGL 364.301 Virginia Woolf  

spring 2017

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