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, Hall Distinguished Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature, came to the University of Kansas in 1989. His research and teaching focuses on French literature and culture of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. He is especially interested in the way literary attitudes reflect society, especially regarding crises initiated by wars and social movements of all kinds. Professor Pasco, whose tenth book recently appeared, has been appointed to eight editorial boards and awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Award by the United States Government. He is listed in the Marquis Who's Who in America.

Professor Pasco specializes 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 three most recent books, Balzac, Literary Sociologist focuses on the author's vision of society.  Revolutionary Love considers the shift that took place in attitudes toward affection during the late eighteenth century, while Inner Workings of the Novel offers fresh insights into cultural and literary analysis in novels. His other books include an extensively edited second edition of an anthology of French short stories, Nouvelles françaises du dix-neuvième siècle, 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 ConfigurationsBalzacian Montage, and Allusion. In 1996, he co-edited a collection of essays, The Play of Terror in Nineteenth-Century France. His scholarship of more than seventy-five 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, the Modern Language Review, 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

"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.


Current Projects

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


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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