Tim Conley

Faculty of Humanities

Tim Conley

English Language & Literature


Office: GLN 125
E-mail: tconley@brocku.ca

Current Courses

ENGL 2P45 (D2)
ENGL 2P56 (D2)
ENGL 3P38 (D2)
ENGL 3P45 (D3)
ENGL 5V42 (D3)
SCLA 5P76 (D3)


PhD (Queen's University)
MA (McGill University)
BA (Hons.) (York University)

Research Interests

I have a wide range of critical interests, but generally speaking the field of twentieth-century literature is where I do most of my tramping about. Much of my work oscillates between the works of international modernism (particularly Joyce, Beckett, Nabokov, and an array of experimental novelists and avant-garde poets) and contemporary literature. Pronounced and recurrent preoccupations include literary and cultural theory, translation, and literature and cognition. I also teach in the Studies in Comparative Literature and Arts (SCLA) graduate program, and welcome supervising student research into any of these areas.

Selected Recent Publications

BOOKS (Scholarly)

Doubtful Points: Joyce and Punctuation. (Co-edited with Elizabeth M. Bonapfel.) Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014.

Burning City: Poems of Metropolitan Modernity. (Co-edited with Jed Rasula.) Notre Dame: Action Books, 2012.

Joyce's Disciples Disciplined: A Re-Exagmination of the 'Exagmination' of 'Work in Progress.' Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2010.

The Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages. (Co-written with Stephen Cain.) Forward by Ursula K. LeGuin. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2006.

Joyces Mistakes: Problems of Intention, Irony, and Interpretation. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.

BOOKS (Fiction and Poetry)

Dance Moves of the Near Future. Vancouver: New Star Books, 2015. (Short fiction.)

One False Move. Toronto: Quattro Books, 2012. (Poetry.)

Nothing Could Be Further. Thunder Bay: Emmerson Street Press, 2011. (Short fiction.)

Whatever Happens. Toronto: Insomniac Press, 2006. (Short fiction.)



“The Stephen Dedalus Diet.” James Joyce Quarterly 50.3 (2013): 725-40.

“‘Easier than the dreamy creamy stuff’: On Joyce’s Limericks.” Hypermedia Joyce Studies 14 (online, 2015).

"‘Cog it out’: Joyce on the Brain.” Joyce Studies Annual (2014): 25-41.

 “City Transit Gloria: Mass Movements and Metropolitan Poetics.” Journal of Modern Literature 37.4 (2014): 91-108.

"Eugene Onegin the Cold War Monument: How Edmund Wilson Quarreled with Vladimir Nabokov." Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature 38.1 (2014), Article 4: 1-20.

 “Misquoting Joyce.” Joycean Unions: Post-Millennial Essays from East to West. Ed. Brandon Kershner and Tekla Mecsnóber. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2013. 209-24.

"'Avec hésitance': Lavergne's Footnotes and Translations of Finnegans Wake." Scientia Traductionis 12 (2012): 20-35.

"'Whole Only Holes Tied Together': Joyce and the Paradox of Summary." James Joyce Quarterly 47.2 (2010): 231-45.

"'Hive of Words': The Transnational Poetics of the Eiffel Tower." Modernism/Modernity 17.4 (2010): 765-77.

"Finnegans Wake : Some Assembly Required." James Joyce: Visions and Revisions . Ed. Sean Latham. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2010. 132-52.

"This Little Prodigy Went to Market: The Education of J R." William Gaddis, "The Last of Something": Critical Essays. Ed. Christopher Leise, Crystal Alberts, and Birger Vanwesenbeeck. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2010. 126-42.

"‘A whore’s answer to a whore’: The Prostitution of Jack Spicer." English Studies in Canada 34.2-3 (2008): 71-89.

"Language and Languages." James Joyce in Context . Ed. John McCourt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 309-19.  

"Win a Dream Date with James Joyce." James Joyce Quarterly 44.3 (2007): 523-38.

"History and Denial in Nabokov's 'Conversation Piece, 1945.'" Journal of the Short Story in English 45 (2006): 113-21. 

"Darius in Milton’s Pandemonium." Notes and Queries 251 (2006): 184-85.

"'You Talk Like a Book, Dad ': Pedagogical Anxiety and Lolita ." (Co-written with Peter Clandfield.) Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal 88.1-2 (2005): 15-41.

"Samizdat Odyssey: Ulysses Above the 42nd Parallel." The Canadian Modernists Meet: Essays on Modernism, Antimodernism, and Modernity. Ed. Dean Irvine. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2005. 139-51. 

"Reading Bowering Fearfully." Jacket 28 (October 2005, online)

"Beckett for Beginners." Studies in the Humanities 31.2 (2004): 107-20.

"William Gaddis Calling: Telephonic Satire and the Disconnection of Authority." Studies in the Novel 35:4 (2003): 526-42. 

"Borges versus Proust: Towards a Combative Literature." Comparative Literature 55.1 (2003): 42-56.  

Selected Awards, Grants, and Honours

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant (2007-09)


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