Joseph Conte

Joseph Conte
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York | SUNY Buffalo · Department of English

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Professor of English at the University at Buffalo since 1988, where I teach twentieth- and twenty-first century literature. My research interests include transnational politics and the global novel, literature after 9/11, postmodern fiction and theory, the literature of migration, multimodality in literature, film adaptation of the novel, literature and science, modern poetry and poetics. Transnational Politics in the Post-9/11 Novel, Routledge, 2020
Additional affiliations
September 2010 - June 2013
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Position
  • Appointments Promotion and Tenure Committee
Description
  • Member and Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Appointments, Promotion and Tenure Committee
August 2001 - May 2005
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Position
  • Chair
Description
  • Chair and Edward H. Butler Endowed Chair of English
Education
September 1982 - June 1988
Stanford University
Field of study
  • English and American Literature
September 1978 - June 1982
Cornell University
Field of study
  • Classics

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Publications (25)
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The world is spinning around us and we are spinning with it. When changes occur at the geopolitical level, inevitable changes also occur in people’s identity and in the way they see and represent the world. This book looks at this world with new eyes, approaching contemporary history (and herstory) from a scholarly perspective that cancels borders....
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Chapter One: The Ruins of the Future: Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis Keywords: Age of terror; global capitalism; anarchists; lone assassins; film adaptation; apocalypse After the millennium, Americans felt secure in their leadership of the New World Order; but then the towers fell, ushering in the twenty-first century as an age of terror. Don DeLillo...
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Chapter Five: The Novelist’s Black Veil: Orhan Pamuk’s Snow Keywords: Headscarf controversy; political Islam; Armenian genocide; political exile; hidden symmetry; the veiled and the unveiled Orhan Pamuk sets Snow (2002) in the village of Kars in the eastern Anatolia province of Turkey, far away from the multicultural city of Istanbul that links...
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Chapter Two: The Age of Terror: Don DeLillo’s Falling Man Keywords: September 11, 2001; counternarrative; metonomasia; Richard Drew; Hanged Man; reflection Don DeLillo’s Falling Man (2007) offers a dialectical critique of the transnational politics of globalization and terrorism through the figures of Keith Neudecker, a traumatized survivor of t...
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Chapter Four: The Politics of Narrative: J. M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year Keywords: Multilinear narrative; hybrid fiction; transnational conflicts; censorship; terrorism; political philosophy J. M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year (2007) is structured as a multilinear narrative. The “dominant” narrative that occupies the top of each page is an a...
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Transnational Politics in the Post-9/11 Novel suggests that literature after September 11, 2001 reflects the shift from bilateral nation-state politics to the multilateralism of transnational politics. While much of the criticism regarding novels of 9/11 tends to approach these works through theories of personal and collective trauma, this book arg...
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Chapter Three: Alternating Currents of History: Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day Keywords: Columbian Exposition; alternative history; paramorphism; international anarchism; propaganda of the deed; anarcho-syndicalism Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day (2006) begins with the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and ends with the immediate af...
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Chapter Six: Transversal Cosmopolitanism in the Post-9/11 Novel Keywords: Transversality; cosmopolitanism; globalization; eclecticism; différend; migration Transversal cosmopolitanism resists both the hegemony and homogeneity of globalization by highlighting incommensurable cultural difference, fostering creative appropriation, and promoting alt...
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Trump Fiction: Essays on Donald Trump in Literature, Film, and Television examines depictions of Donald Trump and his fictional avatars in literature, film, and television, including works that took up the subject of Trump before his successful presidential campaign (in terms that often uncannily prefigure his presidency) as well as those that have...
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The night of January 17, 1991, when laser-guided smart bombs and Tomahawk cruise missiles rained down on Baghdad at the start of the first Persian Gulf War, marked a transitionary moment from analogue to digital media. The legacy forms of broadcast TV, print fiction, and 2-D cinematic projection would be gradually replatformed by the new media of c...
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I den indledende artikel af Joseph M. Conte, “Det multimodale ikon: Syn, lyd og kognition i nyere poesi”, opridses poesiens historie frem til i dag med udgangspunkt i den tese, at der er sket et skift i den måde, hvorpå vi afkoder poesi. Mens man tidligereopfattede poesi som en kunstart, der kun udtrykte sig i én kode, nemlig bogstaverne på bogside...
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The year 2013 is a propitious time to be reviewing the career of Thomas Pynchon, whom David Cowart, the Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Humanities at the University of South Carolina, calls “America’s greatest historical novelist” (24). It’s the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Pynchon’s first novel V. in 1963, a work that fell like a met...
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Don DeLillo’s Falling Man (2007) offers a dialectical critique of the transnational politics of globalization and terrorism through the figures of a traumatized survivor of the fall of the towers, a performance artist who recapitulates the spectacle of horror on 9/11, and a young jihadist bent on martyrdom. If al-Qaeda terrorists seized the world n...
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Joseph Dewey takes the title of his comprehensive study of the fiction of Don DeLillo not from the writing of his subject author but from a lesser work by William Faulkner, The Wild Palms (1939). In it the protagonist faces a lengthy prison sentence for performing a botched abortion, and, contemplating suicide, he must choose “between grief and not...
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The fall of the Towers Many lives came to an abrupt end on the morning of September 11, 2001, among them those of a financial analyst with Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center who did not return to meet his wife at a suburban New Jersey commuter train station; a busboy in the Windows on the World restaurant with a second job lined up that ev...
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In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Modernism/modernity 11.2 (2004) 347-350 Joseph Conte University at Buffalo UnderWords: Perspectives on Don DeLillo's Underworld. Joseph Dewey, Steven G. Kellman, and Irving Malin, eds. Newark and London: University of Delaware Press, 2002. Pp. 219. $39.50 (cloth). Don DeLillo: The P...
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Reading eight major contemporary authors through the lens of chaos theory, Conte offers new and original interpretations of works that have been the subject of much critical debate. Design and Debris discusses the relationship between order and disorder in the works of John Hawkes, Harry Mathews, John Barth, Gilbert Sorrentino, Robert Coover, Thoma...
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MFS Modern Fiction Studies 47.4 (2001) 1059-1061 Patrick O'Donnell. Latent Destinies: Cultural Paranoia and Contemporary U.S. Narrative. Durham: Duke UP, 2000. xi + 193 pp. As a counterintelligence officer in the US Army stationed in West Berlin in the 1950s, my father was not surprised when a young, attractive German woman whom he had met in a caf...
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Drawing on the work of contemporary American poets from Ashbery to Zukofsky, Joseph M. Conte elaborates an innovative typology of postmodern poetic forms. In Conte's view, looking at recent poetry in terms of the complementary methods of seriality and proceduralism offers a rewarding alternative to the familiar analytic dichotomy of "open" and "clo...

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My book will be organized in three sections: the first, on fiction and nonfiction narratives of historical migration from 1890 to the postwar period in the US and Europe; the second, on the prominent phenomenon of return, or remigration, in narratives from the early twentieth- to the early twenty-first century; and the third, on transmigration, reflecting the endemic migratory behavior of humans and nearly all other species, because we have never stopped moving through habitats.