John Paul Riquelme



BA, Rice University
MPhil, PhD, Yale University

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Although I started out as a modernist interested in Irish and British fiction and poetry, 1890-1945, long ago I stumbled backwards and blindfolded into the nineteenth century, to explore literary modernism’s origins. And I staggered forward to Beckett and beyond, to trace modernism’s aftermath. The temporal expansion reflects my passionate engagement with particular authors (including Hardy, Wilde, Yeats, Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, and Beckett) and involves my interest in style and in the conceptual implications of literary form. In mid-career, I taught modern intellectual history in an interdisciplinary program. I now teach and write mostly about post-Romantic literature, all the genres, especially writing of the long twentieth century (1885-present) on both sides of the Atlantic, but also about the Gothic tradition (Ann Radcliffe to contemporary science fiction). I teach as well humanistic theory and literary criticism, with emphases on modernity, creativity, aesthetic response, narrative, post-colonialism, and anthropological issues. Film, animation, and modern art come up frequently in my courses and sometimes in my writing and lecturing.

At the moment, my larger projects of research and writing focus on Oscar Wilde as a precursor of Modernism and on the Gothic. In addition, I am revising my edition of Dracula and writing an essay about Alison Bechdel’s graphic narrative, Fun Home, in relation to Joyce. My graduate seminars in the recent past have concerned James Joyce, Literature and Laughter, Modernist Authenticity, and Gothic Narratives of the long 19th-century. My advanced undergrad courses open to graduate enrollments focus on modern literature (20th-century British and Irish Poetry; Modern Irish Writers; Joyce & After–a course in transatlantic Modernism from Ulysses through Fun Home). My undergraduate class on the Gothic is a new offering, and I regularly teach a survey of British Literature after 1700 that fulfills a requirement for English majors. Among my professional commitments off campus, the primary local one is my co-chairing the Modernism Seminar at Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center.

Selected Publications
  • Ed., T.S. Eliot: Critical Insights (2010)
  • Ed., Gothic & Modernism: Essaying Dark Literary Modernity (2008)
  • Norton Critical Ed. of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (2007)
  • Bedford/St. Martin’s Case Studies Eds. of Dracula (2002) and Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1998)
  • Guest editing: Modern Fiction Studies (2000, 2013), New Literary History (2000), & Modernism/Modernity (2005)
  • Harmony of Dissonances: T.S. Eliot, Romanticism, and Imagination (1991)
  • Ed., Joyce’s Dislocutions: Essays on Reading as Translation by Fritz Senn (1984)
  • Teller and Tale in Joyce’s Fiction (1983)
  • “Modernist Gothic,” Cambridge Companion to Modern Gothic (2014)
  • “Staging the Modernist Monologue as Capable Negativity: Beckett Between & Beyond Eliot & Joyce” (2014)
  • “Modernist Transformations of Life Narrative: From Wilde and Woolf to Bechdel and Rushdie,” Modern Fiction Studies (2013)
  • “Biography & Textual Genesis, or, Does Joyce Now Have Nine Lives?” James Joyce Quarterly (2013)
  • “Oscar Wilde’s Anadoodlegram: A Speculative, Genetic Reading of An Ideal Husband,” The Wilde Archive (2013)
  • “Between Two Worlds & Beyond Them: John Ruskin & Walter Pater,” Oscar Wilde in Context (2013)
  • “T.S. Eliot’s Ambiviolences: Oscar Wilde as Masked Precursor,” The Hopkins Review (2012)
Work in Progress
  • 2nd edition of the Bedford/St.Martin’s Dracula in press, due out in 2015. Book-length studies of Wilde and modernism and of the modern(ist) Gothic. Essays & conference presentations on: graphic narratives, Heaney and Irish modernism after 1939, T. S. Eliot & and the Fin-de-siècle, Yeats & the Mask after Wilde, Beckett’s monologues.
Honors, Grants and Awards
  • Visiting Scholar, UCLA (Clark Library, Summers 2007–2009)
  • Senior Research Fellow, International School of Humanistic Theory, Santiago de Compostela (1998)
  • Humboldt Fellow (1987–88; 1983–84)
  • Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow (1979–80)
Other Professional Activities
  • Co-chair, Modernism Seminar (Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard), 2006–present
  • Editorial advisory boards of PMLA (2008–2011), Modern Fiction Studies, Joyce Studies Annual, The James Joyce Quarterly
  • MLA: Delegate Assembly (1997–99); Independent scholars prize committee (1999–2001); Executive Committees: Late 19th & early 20th-century English literature (1996–2000), Anglo-Irish Literature Discussion Group (2002–06), The Teaching of Literature (2008-2013)
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