Pardis Dabashi

Pardis Dabashi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Pardis Dabashi


Pardis Dabashi is an assistant professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she specializes in 20th-Century American Literature and Film Studies. Her research examines the intersection of affect, politics, and form in the Euro-American novel and cinema of the 19th and 20th centuries. She has additional interests in problems of method and literary-critical argumentation.

Her current book manuscript, “Catching Glimpses: The Novel's Negation and the Narrative Image,” examines how plot—and the politics of bourgeois normativity associated with it—became a site of intense and conflicted affective investment in the novels of Nella Larsen, William Faulkner, and Djuna Barnes. She demonstrates the integral role that popular narrative film, especially the classical Hollywood cinema of the 1930s, played in generating this normative and textual crisis in these writers’ work.

Further investigating the politics of form, her most recent research explores representations of aristocracy and monarchy in novels and cinema of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in MFS: Modern Fiction Studies, Modernism/modernity, Public Books, Politics/Letters, and elsewhere. She is also the coordinator of the PMLA special feature “Cultures of Argument,” forthcoming in the October 2020 issue.

Before starting her Ph.D. in English at Boston University, she attended the Lecoq and Gaulier theater schools in Paris.

Research interests

  • 20th-century American literature
  • Film and media studies
  • 19th-century French literature
  • Theories of realism and modernism
  • Novel studies
  • Critical theory
  • Method and argument
  • The Archive
  • Comparative literature

Recent publications

  • "Iraj Pezeshkzad's 'My Uncle Napoleon'," B-Sides Series, Public Books (7.4.2019).
  • “The Art of the High-Born: A Look Back at Bahman Farmanara’s Prince Ehtejab,” Politics/Letters #13 (September 2018).
  • “The Compsons Were Here: Indexicality, the Actuality, and the Crisis of Meaning in The Sound and the Fury,” Modernism/modernity 24.3 (September 2017): 527-548.
  • “Literature, Lecoq and the ‘nouveau roman’.” The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq, eds., Mark Evans and Rick Kemp. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016: 79-86.


  • Ph.D., English, Boston University, 2019
  • M.A., English, Boston University, 2013
  • B.A., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2008