Dr. Allan Pasco

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



B.A. in French, Whitman College.

M.A. in Romance Languages, Northwestern University.

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


A year or so ago Allan H. Pasco, the Hall Distinguished Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature, was inducted as a Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques. In the meantime, he was honored with a lifetime achievement award from Marquis, the institution that has listed him in Who’s Who in America since 1999. Routledge Press has published his eleventh book, the Nineteenth-Century French Short Story: Masterpieces in Miniature, where he tries to explain why some examples of the French short story rise well above others as long-lived masterpieces. He has become increasingly interested in how art reflects and infiltrates society. His book on the short story accompanies the second edition of his anthology of French short stories and the generic study of the novel in Inner Workings of the Novel.


Recent and Selected Publications

"Balzac, Money, and the Pursuit of Power." Cambridge Companion to Balzac. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2017. 67-80.

Balzac, Literary Sociologist. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016.

"Reforming Society and Genre in Hugo’s 'Claude Gueux'." Modern Language Review 111.1 (2016): 85-103.

"Romantic Realism in Sand's Indiana." Approaches to Teaching Sand's Indiana. Ed. by David A. Powell and Pratima Prasad. New York: MLA, 2016. 185-92.

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

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

"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.

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

"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.

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

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

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

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.


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