Paul Peppis

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  • Title: Professor
  • Additional Title: Director, Oregon Humanities Center
  • Phone: 541-346-7017
  • Office: 154 PLC
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  • Curriculum Vitae


Paul Peppis is the author of two monographs, Sciences of Modernism:  Ethnography, Sexology, and Psychology (Cambridge 2014) and Literature, Politics, and the English Avant-Garde (Cambridge 2000).  His other publications include "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).


My work examines relations between literature and life, theory and praxis, and strives to demonstrate that research and teaching can integrate these allegedly incompatible realms. My scholarship studies particular twentieth-century documents and artifacts to reassess modernism's diverse engagements with the social, political, and scientific movements of its time.


Book cover for "Sciences of Modernism"

Sciences of Modernism examines key points of contact between British literature and the human sciences of ethnography, sexology, and psychology at the dawn of the twentieth century. The book is divided into sections that pair exemplary scientific texts from the period with literary ones, charting numerous collaborations and competitions occurring between science and early modernist... Read more

Literature, Politics, and the English Avant-Garde

In his book Literature, Politics, and the English Avant-Garde, Paul Peppis argues that Vorticism, England’s foremost avant-garde movement used nationalism to advance literature and avant-garde literature to advance empire.