Allan Pasco

Hall Professor of Nineteenth Century Literature
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2053
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594


Allan H. Pasco came to the University of Kansas in 1989 to occupy the Hall Family Distinguished Chair of Nineteenth-Century Literature. Since arriving, the University has awarded him the Chancellor’s Outstanding Mentor Award, seven Cramer Awards for Outstanding Teaching and Research, and a Cramer Professorship. Outside the University, Professor Pasco has received an Outstanding Civilian Service Award from the US government, and is on seven highly regarded editorial boards. He is listed in the Marquis Who's Who in America.

Professor Pasco specializes primarily in French culture of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, although his interests extend to various forms of literature and to critical theory. Of his two recent books, Revolutionary Love considers the shift that took place in attitudes toward affection during the late eighteenth century. Inner Workings of the Novel offers fresh insights into cultural and literary analysis in novels. His other books include an extensively edited anthology of French short stories, Nouvelles françaises du dix-neuvième siècle, which recently came out in an expanded second edition, and Sick Heroes, which suggests that child rearing practices from 1750 to 1850 may have been an causative factor in the development of French Romanticism. His previous books include The Color-Keys to A la recherche du temps perdu, Novel Configurations, Balzacian Montage, and Allusion. In 1996, he co-edited a collection of essays, The Play of Terror in Nineteenth-Century France, with J.T. Booker. His scholarship of more than seventy articles, essays, and book chapters has appeared in various volumes and in reviews like PMLA, the Revue d'Histoire Littéraire de la France, New Literary History, MLN, Comparative Literature, French Studies, L'Année Balzacienne, and The Virginia Quarterly Review.

In addition, Professor Pasco regularly gives papers at well-respected conferences, and has frequently lectured across the United States and abroad, from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand to Exeter College, Oxford and the Sorbonne.


Recent and Selected Publications

Revolutionary Love in Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century France. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2009.

Inner Workings of the Novel: Studying a Genre. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

Barbey d'Aurevilly's Force of Evil dessous les cartes." Romance Studies 28.1 (2010): 36-46.

"Miss Manners and Fooling Around: Conduct Manuals and Sexual Mores in Eighteenth-Century France." Sex Education in Eighteenth-Century France. Ed. Shane Agin. SVEC. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2011. 29-46.

"Adumbrative Allusion in Balzac's Illusions perdues." Romance Notes 50.2 (2010): 145-52.

"France: The Continuing Debate over Classicism." Cambridge History of Literary Criticism. Vol. 6. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012. 139-53.

"The Incongruity of Resuscitated Classicism after the French Revolution." XVIII: New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century 10 (2013): 38-50.

"Personalizing Violence in Balzac's Les Chouans." Nineteenth-Century French Studies 41.3-4 (2013) 191-203.

"Reflections and Refractions in Camus's La Chute." Symposium 68 (2014): 1-11.

Nouvelles françaises du XIXe siècle: Anthologie. 2nd ed. Charlottesville: Rookwood Press, 2015.

"Romantic Realism in Sand's Indiana." "Approaches to Teaching Sand's Indiana." Ed. by David A. Powell and Pratima Prasad (to appear).

"Balzac, Money, and the Pursuit of Power." "Cambridge Companion to Balzac" (to appear).

"Reforming Society and Genre in Hugo’s 'Claude Gueux'." Modern Language Review (to appear).


Current Projects

Book: "Masterpieces in Miniature: The French Short Story"

Book: “Balzac, Literary Sociologist”


Recent Graduate Courses Taught

The French Novel of the Nineteenth-Century

The French Short Story: A Seminar

Eighteenth-Century Novel

Balzac: Seminar on Les Scènes de la vie de Province



Recent Undergraduate Courses Taught

Survey of Nineteenth-Century French Literature

Introduction to French Literature

Advanced Conversation

French Literature in Translation

Survey of 20th-Century Literature

Courtship and Marriage in 18th-Century France

The Revolution, 1789


Areas of Interest

Critical theory, Literature, and Culture, 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century France.



B.A. in French, Whitman College.

M.A. in Romance Languages, Northwestern University.

Ph.D. in Romance Languages: French, University of Michigan.


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