Tim Conley

Professor and Chair

Office: GLA 156

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

Teaching Areas: Modernist Literature, Translation Theory, Poetry

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 and contemporary literature — particularly Joyce, Beckett, Nabokov, Borges, and an array of experimental novelists and avant-garde poets. 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.

The Varieties of Joycean Experience. London: Anthem Press, 2021

Useless Joyce: Textural Functions, Cultural Appropriations. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017.

a long the krommerun: Selected Papers from the Utrecht James Joyce Symposium. (Co-edited with Onno Kosters and Peter de Voogd.) Leiden: Brill, 2016.

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.

Someday We Will Look Back on this and Laugh. Slovenia: Corona\Samizdat, 2023. (Short fiction.)

Collapsible. Vancouver: New Star Books, 2019. (Short fiction.)

Unless Acted Upon. Toronto: Mansfield Press, 2019. (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.)

“‘A Country Far Away from this Country’: Joyce’s Egypt.” Joyce Studies Annual (2019): 92-105.

“Drastic Literalism: The Translation Extremes of Nabokov and Zukofsky.” Translation Studies 12.1 (online, 2019).

“Revisions Revisited.” James Joyce and Genetic Criticism: Genesic Fields. Ed. Genevieve Sartor. Leiden: Brill, 2018. 11-24.

“The Silence of the Looms: ‘Penelope’ as Translation.” James Joyce’s Silences. Ed. Jolanta Wawrzycka and Serenella Zanotti. London: Bloomsbury, 2018. 153-68.

“‘Endlessnessnessness’: Joyce’s Time Out of Mind.” Reading Joycean Temporalities, ed. Jolanta Wawrzycka. Leiden: Brill, 2017. 67-81.

“Playing with Matches: The Wake Notebooks and Negative Correspondence.” New Quotatoes: Joycean Exogenesis in the Digital Age, ed. Ronan Crowley and Dirk Van Hulle. Amsterdam: Brill, 2016. 171-80.

“Waking ‘for an equality of relations.’” a long the krommerun: Selected Papers from the Utrecht James Joyce Symposium. Ed. Onno Kosters, Tim Conley, and Peter de Voogd. Amsterdam: Brill, 2016. 153-63.

“‘Meddlied Muddlingisms’: The Uncertain Avant-Gardes of Finnegans Wake.” James Joyce Quarterly 52.2 (2015): 273-86.

“Weathering the Text: Barometric Readings of I.3.” Joyce’s Allmaziful Plurabilities: Polyvocal Explorations of Finnegans Wake. Ed. Kimberly J. Devlin and Christine Smedley. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2015. 44-58.

“Auguries: The Stuff of Modernism.” Hyperion 8.2 (Winter 2014, online): 70-81.

“‘Tuck in your blank!’: Antiaposiopetic Joyce.” Doubtful Points: Joyce and Punctuation. Ed. Elizabeth M. Bonapfel and Tim Conley. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014. 193-210.

“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.

James M. Flaherty Visiting Professorship, Trinity College Dublin (2016)

Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Teaching, Brock University (2016)

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