Joseph Conte

Professor Joseph Conte.

Office: 501 Clemens Hall
Phone number: (716) 645-0696
E-mail address:
Personal website:


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

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


  • 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.


  • 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