Pardis Dabashi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Pardis Dabashi


Pardis Dabashi is an assistant professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. An interdisciplinary scholar of European and American modernism, film studies, and theory, Dabashi studies the intersection of form, politics, and affect. She is epecially interested in studying the formal means through which film and literature trouble stances of political and normative certainty, which she explores through examinations of structures of feeling such as ambivalence and doubt.

Her current book-in-progress, "Losing the Plot: Film and Feeling in the Modern Novel," studies plot, ambivalence, and normativity in popular film and the modern novel. She focuses on the films of Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Max Ophuls, and the early cinema, as well as the novels of Nella Larsen, Djuna Barnes, and William Faulkner.

Her most recent research explores the nature and practices of critical argumentation and what constitutes grounds for scholarly dispute. 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 in 2022.

Research interests

  • Film and media studies
  • Novel studies
  • 20th-century American literature
  • Transnational modernism
  • Literary and film theory
  • Theories of realism and modernism
  • Method and argument
  • The Archive
  • Global cinema
  • Iranian cinema
  • 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