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Vaclav Paris

2014 Ph.D. Graduate
Dissertation Advisor(s): Jean-Michel Rabaté
"Everyday Epic: Evolution, Sexuality, and Modernist Narrative."

CUNY, City College of New York

B.A., University College London (2006)
M.Phil., Cambridge University (2008)

Articles and Book Chapters

“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): 115-139.
“Uncreative Influence: Louis Aragon’s Paysan de Paris and Walter Benjamin’s Passagen-Werk” Journal of Modern Literature. Forthcoming 2014.
“Gertrude Stein’s Translations of Philippe Pétain’s Speeches.” Jacket 2 (May 6, 2013).
“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 in 2014.


“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.


Subtitles for As the Palaces Burn. 9.14 Pictures, 2014. Documentary Film.
Neubauer, Zdenek, Consolatio Philosophiae Hodierna. Prague: Library of Václav Havel, 2010.
Kratochvíl, Zdenek, The Philosophy of Nature. Prague: Charles University, 2006.


“Stein and War.” Panel organized for The Gertrude Stein Society. American Literature Association. New Orleans, LA, October 10, 2013.
“Gertrude Stein’s Translations of Pétain’s Speeches,” American Literature Association. New Orleans, LA, October 10, 2013.
“‘The Ordinary Way Inside Us: Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans: Being the History of a Family’s Progress.” Modernist Studies Association. Sussex, England, August 30, 2013.
“All roads lead to Budějovice: Remapping Empire and Rethinking Epic in The Good Soldier Švejk” American Comparative Literature Association Conference. Toronto, Canada, April 5, 2013.
“Cigaretto Portabello / Si rakish spaghaletto”: Chaplin’s Macaronic in Modern Times,” Modernist Studies Association, Las Vegas, NV, October 18, 2012.
“‘Oxen of the Sun’: Bull’s Eye of the Wake,” delivered at the XXIV International James Joyce Symposium, Dublin, Ireland, June 11, 2012.
“Modern Poetic Directions: Czech Surrealism and Socialist Realism” Modern Language Association, Seattle, WA. January 8,  2012.
“Vorticism, Vitalism, Collage and Pound’s Gaudier-Brzeska” Seminar paper presented at the Modernist Studies Association, Buffalo, NY. October 6, 2011.
“Benjamin and Pound; Paris and London,” XXIV International Ezra Pound Conference, University of London, Senate House, London. June 8, 2011.
“Laundry Boat: Paris 1911” Roundtable Panelist. Institute of Contemporary Arts. Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. April 23, 2011.  
“Joyce and Benjamin: Translating into the Wake” North-east Modern Language Association, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ. April 7-10, 2011.
“(De)composing Heads: Arcimboldo, Finnegans Wake, and Citation,” XXII International James Joyce Symposium, Charles University, Prague. June 15, 2010.
“Kindred Spirits: Bryant, Durand, and the Spectre of Cole,” C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, State College, PA May 23, 2010.
“National Beatings: American Rhythm and Bodily Metaphor in the Work of William Carlos Williams,” Spanking and Poetry: A Conference on Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, New York. Feb. 26, 2010.

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