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Sebastian Knowles

Sebastian  Knowles

Sebastian Knowles



Areas of Expertise

  • James Joyce and Irish literature
  • Music and literature
  • The literature of war
  • Comparative literature (French and German)
  • Modernist literature in context
  • Genetic reading of modernist texts
  • T. S. Eliot and British poetry
  • Twentieth-century fiction


  • PhD, Princeton University, 1987
  • BA, Harvard University, 1983



Sebastian Knowles research areas includes James Joyce, the Second World War, history and literature, modernism, music and literature; and comparative literature. He is the editor of Florida James Joyce Series. He has written books on Joyce, music, war literature, T. S. Eliot, interdisciplinary approaches to literature, neuroscience and molecular genetics. Knowles' current interests involve translation of musical works for performance in English. He is the sixth best Scrabble player in the State of Ohio. Knowles has earned teaching awards for graduate and undergraduate teaching. He has held other teaching positions in York, Antwerp and Northwestern. 

Selected Publications

  • The Dublin Helix: The Life of Language in Joyce's Ulysses. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2000.
  • A Purgatorial Flame: Seven British Writers in the Second World War. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990.
  • Bronze by Gold: The Music of Joyce. New York: Garland, 2001.
  • Humor Detection in Ulysses. Dublin: National Library of Ireland, 2007.
  • A Bibliography of T. S. Eliot Criticism, 1984-1994. Orono: University of Maine Press, 1994.

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