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, Moving Images: Film and the Affective World of the Modernist Novel argues that the Hollywood cinema and its institutional precursors turned plot into a site of affective investment for modernist writers, who were otherwise committed to rejecting plot on social, political and aesthetic grounds.

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 in MFS: Modern Fiction Studies, Modernism/modernity, Modernism/modernity Print Plus, Arizona Quarterly, Public Books, Politics/Letters and elsewhere. She is also the coordinator of the PMLA special feature “Cultures of Argument.”

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

  • “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