Joseph Conte

Joseph Conte.

Joseph Conte

Joseph Conte


literature of migration, 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.

Works in Progress

  • Transversal Cosmopolitanism in Narratives of Migration (monograph)
  • “Post-9/11 Narrative.” In The Encyclopedia of American Fiction, 1980-2020, ed. Patrick O’Donnell, Stephen Burn, and Lesley Larkin. Forthcoming, Wiley-Blackwell, 2020. (essay)
  • “Print, Image, and Visual Media.” In Don DeLillo in Context, ed. Jesse Kavadlo. Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2020. (essay)
  • “Televisual and Digital Art and Media.” In The Edinburgh Companion to Don DeLillo and the Arts, ed. Catherine Gander. Forthcoming, Edinburgh University Press, 2020. (essay)

Selected Publications


  • Transnational Politics in the Post-9/11 Novel. New York and London: Routledge, 2020. 262 pages.
  • 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 Covers
  • “The Deep Web of Conspiracies: Under the Shadow of Trump Tower in Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge.” Trump Fiction: Essays on Donald Trump in Literature, Film, and Television, ed. Stephen Hock. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019. 97-111.
  •  “Virtual Reality.” American Literature in Transition: 1990-2000. Ed. Stephen J. Burn. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 279-94.
  • "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
  • SUNY Senior Fellow, Center on Russia and the United States. New York–St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture. St. Petersburg State University. St. Petersburg, Russia. 2005
  • Certificate of Recognition. Career Service’s Year after Graduation Survey of Baccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Schools, Class of 2003. 2005
  • Certificate of Recognition to Influential Faculty by University at Buffalo Class of 1999.  Career Planning and Placement, Division of Student Affairs. 2002
  • Directory of American Scholars, 10th Edition. 2002
  • Agee Prize in American Literary Studies. University of Alabama Press. 2000