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Joseph Conte

Professor Joseph Conte

Professor
Office: 501 Clemens Hall
Phone number: (716) 645-0696
E-mail address: jconte@buffalo.edu
Personal website: http://josephconte.com/

Interests

postmodern fiction, fiction after 9/11, postmodern theory, transnational literature and politics, poetry and poetics, twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature, literature and science, multimodal literature, literature of immigration

Current Courses

Spring 2017

Eng 379 Film Genres
ONLINE
Reg. No. 20769

Eng 383 Studies in World Literature (B)
Wednesdays 4:00 - 6:40
Reg. No. 23134

Works in Progress

  • Transnational Politics and the Post-9/11 Novel (monograph)
  • "The Politics of Narrative:  J. M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year" (essay)

Selected Publications

Books

  • Design and Debris: A Chaotics of Postmodern American Fiction. Tuscaloosa and London: University of Alabama Press, 2002. 272 pages.
  • Unending Design: The Forms of Postmodern Poetry. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991. 314 pages.

Editor

  • Dictionary of Literary Biography 165, 169 and 193: American Poets Since World War II (Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Series). Detroit: Gale Research Press, 1996, 1998. 377, 404 and 451 pages.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • "The Multimodal Icon:  Sight, Sound and Intellection in Recent Poetries." Passage 69 (Summer 2013): 7-20. Special issue on “Lyric at the Crossroads,” edited by Louise Mønster and Peter Stein Larsen, Aarhus University Press, Denmark. Translated into Danish.
  • “A Man Called Cody:  Race and the ‘Passing’ of a Sicilian in New Orleans.”  Essays on Italian American Literature and Culture.  Ed. Dennis Barone and Peter Covino. New York:  Bordighera Press and the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 2012.  23-8.
  •  “Writing amid the Ruins:  9/11 and Cosmopolis.”  The Cambridge Companion to Don DeLillo.  Ed. John N. Duvall.  Cambridge, England:  Cambridge University Press, 2008.  179-192.
  •  “Don DeLillo’s Falling Man and the Age of Terror.”  Modern Fiction Studies 57.3 (Fall 2011):  559-83. Special issue on “Fiction after 9/11.”
  •  “Gilbert Sorrentino:  A Crystal Vision.”  Critique:  Studies in Contemporary Fiction 51.2 (2010):  140-46.  Special issue, “An American Requiem:  Elegies for Twelve American Novelists.” 
  • “The Virtual Reader: Cybernetics and Technocracy in William Gibson and Bruce Sterling’s The Difference Engine.” The Holodeck in the Garden: Science and Technology in Contemporary American Fiction. Ed. Peter Freese and Charles B. Harris. Normal, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 2004. 28-52.
  • “The Smooth and the Striated: Compositional Texture in the Modern Long Poem.”Modern Language Studies 27.2 (1997): 57-71.
  • “The Uncertain Predictor: Calvino’s Castle of Tarot Cards.” Literature and Science (Rodopi Perspectives on Modern Literature 14). Ed. Donald Bruce and Anthony Purdy. Amsterdam and Atlanta, GA: Editions Rodopi, 1994. 131-47.
  • “Metaphor and Metonymy in Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds.” The Review of Contemporary Fiction 5.1 (1985): 128-134.

Awards and Fellowships

  • University at Buffalo Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellow, 2013-14