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 film and the Euro-American novel of the 19th and 20th centuries. She has additional interests in global cinema, 20th century Persian literature and problems of method and literary-critical argumentation.

Her current book-in-progress, "Moving Images: Film and the Affective World of the Modernist Novel," studies plot, ambivalence and normativity in the modernist novel and film.

Further investigating the politics of form, her most recent research explores representations of aristocracy and monarchy in novels and cinema of the 19th and 20th centuries. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in PMLA, MFS: Modern Fiction Studies, Modernism/modernity, Modernism/modernity Print Plus, Early Popular Visual Culture, Arizona Quarterly, Public Books, Politics/Letters and elsewhere. She is also the coeditor of The New Faulkner Studies, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

Research interests

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

Recent publications

  • "Introduction to 'Cultures of Argument': The Loose Garments of Argument," PMLA 13.5 (October 2020): 946-955.
  • "Helga Crane's Camera Obscura: Nella Larsen, Garbo's Face, and the Modernist Longing for Plot," Textual Practice 34.2 (October 2020): 2069-2089.
  • "Cosmopolitan Secrets: The Racialist Affordances of Equivocation in Henry James's The American," MFS: Modern Fiction Studies 66.4 (Winter 2020): 620-649.
  • "The Rise of the Absurdly Demanding Job Ad." The Chronicle of Higher Education (June 2020).
  • “Dear Nella: What Did You See?” Modernism/modernity Print Plus 4.3 (November 2019).
  • “‘too soon too soon too soon': Continuity, Blame, and the Limits of the Present in As I Lay Dying,” Arizona Quarterly 75.4 (Winter 2019): 107-130.
  • "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