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Paul Peppis

Professor, emeritus
Comics and Cartoon Studies, English
Research Interests: Comics and Cartoon Studies, Cultural Studies, Irish Literary Studies, Modernism Studies, Poetry and Poetics, Race, Ethnicity, and Indigeneity, The Novel


An award-winning teacher and scholar of Anglo-American modernisms, Paul Peppis is Professor of English Emeritus and former Director of the Oregon Humanities Center. His work examines relations between early twentieth-century literature and life, theory and practice, and assumes that research and teaching can integrate these allegedly incompatible realms. His scholarship studies early twentieth-century literary works and cultural productions to reassess modernism's diverse engagements with the social, political, scientific, and popular movements of its time. He is currently working on a book project, tentatively titled "Popular Modernisms," which studies a selection of early twentieth-century popular cultural products that work from inside particular popular cultural media and genres to make them new.



Sciences of Modernism:  Ethnography, Sexology, and Psychology (Cambridge 2014)

Literature, Politics, and the English Avant-Garde (Cambridge 2000). 

Journal Issues:

Western Humanities Review, Western Humanities Alliance Special Issue: Engaged Humanites, Partnerships between Academia and Tribal Communities 74.3 (fall 2020), co-edited with Kirby Brown and Jena Turner

Articles and Chapters:

“Re-gendering Smart Classicism: Franklin P. Adams, Dorothy Parker, and the Middlebrow Classical Verse Revival,” Modernist Cultures 17.2 (2022)

"Popular Modernism in the Late Krazy Kat Comics: Industry and Innovation in the Color Sundays," Journal of Modern Periodical Studies 9.2 (2018)

"Querying and Queering Golden Age Detection: Gladys Mitchell's Speedy Death and Popular Modernism," Journal of Modern Literature 40.3 (2017)

"Salvaging Dialect and Cultural Cross-Dressing in Claude McKay's Constab Ballads," Twentieth Century Literature 59.1 (spring 2013)

"Schools, Movements, Manifestoes," Cambridge Companion to Modernist Poetry, eds. Alex Davis and Lee Jenkins (Cambridge, 2007)

"Forster and England," Cambridge Companion to E. M. Forster, ed. David Bradshaw (Cambridge, 2007)

"Rewriting Sex: Mina Loy, Marie Stopes, and Sexology" Modernism/Modernity 9.4 (November 2002)

"Thinking Race in the Avant guerre: Typological Negotiations in Ford and Stein," Yale Journal of Criticism 10.2 (1997)

"Surrounded by a multitude of other Blasts: Vorticism and the Great War," Modernism/Modernity 4.2 (April 1997)

"New Approaches to Nationalism," Modernism/Modernity 2.1 (January 1995)

"Anti-Individualism and the Fictions of National Character in Wyndham Lewis's Tarr," Twentieth Century Literature 40.2 (Summer 1994)