John Paul Riquelme
BA, Rice University
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. Then I staggered forward to Beckett and beyond, to trace modernism’s aftermath. The temporal expansion reflects my passionate engagement with particular authors (including Mary Shelley, Hardy, Stoker, Wilde, Yeats, Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, Beckett, Octavia Butler, and Alison Bechdel) 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 sci-fi). I teach as well humanistic theory and literary criticism, with emphases on modernity, creativity, aesthetic response, narrative, post-colonialism, sexuality, and anthropological issues. Film, animation, and modern art come up frequently in my courses and sometimes in my writing and lecturing.
My current larger projects of research and writing focus on Oscar Wilde as a precursor of modernism and on modernist Gothic. An expansion of my edition of Dracula will appear late in 2015, and I am finishing an essay about Alison Bechdel’s graphic narrative Fun Home in relation to Joyce. My graduate seminars in the past decade have concerned James Joyce, Literature & Laughter, Modernist Authenticity, 19th-century Gothic, and modernist Gothic. My advanced undergrad courses open to graduate enrollments focus on modern literature (British and Irish Poetry; Modern Irish Writers; Joyce & After–a multi-generic course in transatlantic modernism from Ulysses through Fun Home). I teach an undergrad survey of the Gothic and a survey of British Literature after 1700 that fulfills a requirement for English majors. My professional commitments off campus include co-chairing the Modernism Seminar at Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center.
- Bedford/St. Martin’s Case Studies Editions: Dracula (2016; 2002); Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1998)
- Guest editing: Modern Fiction Studies (2013, 2000), New Literary History (2000), & Modernism/Modernity (2005)
- Edited essay collections: T.S. Eliot: Critical Insights (2010); Gothic & Modernism: Essaying Dark Literary Modernity (2008); Joyce’s Dislocutions: Essays on Reading as Translation by Fritz Senn (1984).
- Norton Critical Ed. of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (2007)
- Harmony of Dissonances: T.S. Eliot, Romanticism, and Imagination (1991).
- Teller and Tale in Joyce’s Fiction: Oscillating Perspectives (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
- Book-length studies of Wilde and modernism and of the modern(ist) Gothic. Essays & conference presentations on: Fun Home and the queering of Ulysses, American modernist Gothic, Djuna Barnes’ Nightwood, temporality in The Secret Agent, Beckett’s monologues of the 1970s, Yeats & the Mask after Wilde, and Queer Theory as Gothic.
Honors, Grants and Awards
- Visiting Scholar, UCLA (Clark Library, Summers 2007–2009)
- Senior Research Fellow, International School of Humanistic Theory, Santiago de Compostela (1998)
- Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, University of Konstanz (1987–88; 1983–84)
- Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow, Wesleyan U Center for Humanities (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, Style, JIYS (Journal of the International Yeats Society)
- Modern Language Association: 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)
- Seminars and lectures at various international summer schools: James Joyce (Dublin), W. B. Yeats (Sligo), and T. S. Eliot (London).