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Dr. Andre Ondino Furlani, PhD

Full Professor, English
Fellow, School of Irish Studies

Dr. Andre Ondino Furlani, PhD


PhD in English, University of Toronto 1993
MA in English, Queen’s University, 1988
BA Honours English, Queen’s University, 1984

Research and teaching interests

American, Irish, British and European Modernism
American Postmodernism
Modern and Contemporary Comparative Literature
Contemporary Canadian literature

Urban studies, environmental and mobility studies
Philosophy and literature
Poetics, rhetoric, and critical theory

Teaching activities


                        ENGL 603/2 Moore, Bishop, Plath

                        ENGL435/4 American Ecological Literature

                        ENGL 260/4 Introduction to Literary Studies


                        ENGL 604/2 Samuel Beckett and Modern Irish and British Drama

                        ENGL335/2 Modern Drama



                        ENGL602/4 Political Nature: American Nature Writing since Thoreau

                        ENGL350/3 Modernism

                        ENGL262/2 English Literature from 1660



                        ENGL602/2 Pedestrian Poetics

                        ENGL389/2 History of Literary Criticism and Theory

                        IRST398 E/4 James Joyce


                        ENGL602/2 Pedestrian Poetics

                        ENGL389/2 History of Literary Criticism and Theory

                        IRST398 E/4 James Joyce



                       Visiting Scholar, Bishop’s University: ENG 348 The Egotistic Sublime



ENGL 627/1 The Anxiety of Confluence: American Female Literary Mentorship

ENGL 389/2 History of Literary Criticism

ENGL 450/4 Moore, Plath, Bishop



                        ENGL602/1 Pedestrian Poetics

                        ENGL446/4 Beckett and Modern Drama

                        LBCL298-SCOL 388/2: Great Thinkers (one week section)



                        ENGL355/2: James Joyce

                        ENGL636/1: Samuel Beckett, Playwright

                        LBCL298-SCOL 388/2: Great Thinkers (one week section)



                        ENGL 349/3: Modern Poetry in English

                        ENGL 640/4: A Postmodern Apprenticeship:Nabokov and Pynchon



                        ENGL 340/3: Modernism

                        ENGL 360/2: The American Postmodern

                        ENGL 640/4: Ulysses and Its Wake



                        ENGL 340/3: Modernism

                        ENGL 260/2: Introduction to Literary Studies

                        ENGL 629/4: The Theatre of Samuel Beckett



                        ENGL 365/2: American Literature since World War II

                        ENGL 260/2: Introduction to Literary Studies

                        ENGL 355/4: American Poetry

                        ENGL 629/4: Lines Made by Walking



            ENGL 629/1: Further Peregrinations

            ENGL 260/2: Introduction to Literary Studies

            ENGL 349/4: Modern Poetry

            ENGL 389/4: History of Literary Criticism



            ENGL 340/3: Modernism

            ENGL 629/2: Postmodern Peregrinations



            ENGL 363/2: American Literature to the End of the 19thCentury

            ENGL 632/4: American Modernist Poetry of the 1940s



            ENGL 261/2: British Literature to 1660

            ENGL 349/4: Modern Poetry

            ENGL 389/4: History of Literary Criticism

            ENGL 627/2: Postwar British Drama



            ENGL 345/4: Modern Drama

            ENGL 390/4: Rhetoric

            ENGL 449/2: The American Postmodern

            ENGL 632/2: The Modernist Long Poem



ENGL 349/3: Modernism

ENGL 446/2: Henry James: The Late Phase

ENGL 626/4: The Contemporary Long Poem in English



ENGL 261/4: Modern Poetry

ENGL 449/2: The American Postmodern

ENGL 640/4: Beckett and Philosophy

ENGL 261/4: British Literature to 1660



ENGL 264/2: Introduction to Literary Studies: Genre

ENGL 298Q: British Literature 1660-1900

ENGL 449/4: The American Postmodern

ENGL 625/2: Modernist Poetry and Poetics



ENGL 627/2: James Joyce

ENGL 645/4: British Poetry since World War II

ENGL 279/3: Modern British and American Literature



ENGL 633/4: The New American Poetry, Now and Then

ENGL 272/3: Introduction to English Literature II

ENGL 345/2: Modern Drama



ENGL 449/2: The American Postmodern

ENGL 272/3: Introduction to English Literature II



ENGL 631/1: The American Modernist Long Poem

ENGL 625/2: A Modernism of Their Own: The FemaleModernists

ENGL 627/4: Postmodernist Fiction

ENGL 306/3: Modern British and American Literature



ENGL 625/4: Beckett, Nabokov and the Emergence of Postmodernism

ENGL 309/2: Contemporary American Literature

ENGL 306/3: Modern British and American Literature

Selected publications

Book (peer reviewed)

Lines Made by Walking: The Return of the Pedestrian in Literature and Culture. London: Bloomsbury (forthcoming 2024)

Samuel Beckett: Pilgrim's Gress. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2023)

Beckett after Wittgenstein Evanston, Ill: Northwestern University Press (2015)

Guy Davenport: Postmodern and After. Evanston Ill: Northwestern University Press (2007)

Articles (peer-reviewed)

“From the Afterlife of a Never-do-well: Robert Walser and Beckett.” Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui (forthcoming)

“In Beckett’s Footsteps: The Contemporary American Pedestrian Novel.” Paul Stewart, ed. Beckett and the 21st Century Novel.Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag (forthcoming)

“Saint Urbain’s Quiet Revolutionary.” Canadian Literature 248 (summer 2022):158-69

“Mordecai Richler Was Here: Quebec’s Richler.” Canadian Literature 248 (summer 2022):122-26

“Walking towards Genre: The Pedestrian Excursus.” Journal of Modern Literature 45.2 (winter 2022): 118-35

“Elizabeth Bishop’s Animal Manners.” Essays in Criticism 70:4 (October 2020):428-46.

Flânoter: The Montreal Pedestrian Narrates.” Canadian Literature 236 (Spring 2019): 69-88

“Beckett from the Talking Cure to the Walking Cure.” Bréac 2.3 (September 2017): 32-51

"The Contradictions of Samuel Beckett.” Modernism/modernity 22.3 (September 2015): 449-70

"Earlier Wittgenstein, Later Beckett.” Philosophy and Literature 39.1 (April 2015): 64-86

“Samuel Beckett: The Literature of Exhausted Justification,” PMLA 127.1 (January2012): 38-57

“Robert Allen’s Cantons de l’est Encantadas.” Canadian Poetry 64 (Spring 2009): 48-66

“Guy Davenport and the Archival Imagination.” New England Quarterly 28.1 (Winter 2007): 59-72

“Jan Zwicky: Lyric Philosophy Lyric.” Canadian Literature 191.1 (Winter 2006): 48-69

“Davenport and Sebald’s Arts of Excursus.” The Literary Imagination 8.2 (Spring 2006): 72-93

“Paul Celan with Anne Carson: ‘What Kind of Withness Is That?’” Canadian Literature 172 (Spring 2003): 63-92

“Postmodern and After: Guy Davenport.” Contemporary Literature 43.4 (Winter 2002): 709- 35

The Sacred Fount in Plato’s Cave. University of Toronto Quarterly 71.3 (Summer 2002): 721-34

“Elizabeth Bishop’s Memoirs of Childhood: Writing the Disaster.” Critique 43.2 (Winter 2002):148-60

“’When Novelists Become Cubists’: The Prose Ideograms of Guy Davenport.” Style 36.1 (Spring 2002):111-30

“Canadian History on Stage: Three Rebellions.” Canadian Literature 168 (Spring 2001): 57-83

“Bartleby the Socratic.” Studies in Short Fiction 34 (1997): 335-56

“Samuel Beckett’s Molloy: ‘Spartan Maieutics.’” Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 5 (October 1996): 103-22

“’Elenctic Tones:’ Socratic Method in Vladimir Nabokov’s The Real Life of Sebastian Knight.” English Studies in Canada 22 (September 1996):283-96

“’In Place:’ Kairos in Samson Agonistes.”The Seventeenth Century 10. 2 (March 1996): 19-35

 “‘Brisk Socratic Dialogues’: Elenctic Rhetoric in Joseph Heller’s Something Happened.”          Narrative 3.3 (October 1995): 252-70

Book chapters (peer reviewed)

A se stesso: Leopardi in Beckett’s Post-RomanticAgony.” Davide Crosara, ed. SamuelBeckett’s Italian Romanticisms.New York: Routledge (forthcoming)

*“Samuel Beckett’s Time Pieces.” Teresa Valentini,Angela Weiser and John Zilcosky, eds. Resistance through Time in Narrative Forms.Toronto: U of Toronto P (forthcoming)

La Flâneuse montréalaise translates.” Tong King-Lee,ed. The Routledge Guide to Translation  and the City. New York: Routledge (2021): 351-72

“Postwar North American Classics.” The Oxford History of the Classical Reception in English   Literature, vol. 5. Kenneth Haynes, ed. Oxford: Oxford UP (2019): 472-503

“Montreal’s Third Spaces on Foot.” Speaking Memory: How Translation Shapes City Life. Sherry Simon, ed. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2016: 249-72.

“’That Mad (?) Mathematician’: Beckett Reckoning with Wittgenstein.” Literatures in English: New Ethical, Cultural, and Transnational Perspectives, Wolfgang Zach, ed. Tübingen: Stauffenburg Verlag, 2014: 107-22

“’Wince and Sing:’ Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘In the Village,’” Short Story Criticism 151, Jelena Krstovic, ed. New York: Gale Publishing, 2011: 27-34. Rpt.

“Wittgensteinian Elegies.” Lyric Ecology: An Appreciation of the Work of Jan Zwicky, Mark   Dickinson and Clare Goulet, eds. Toronto: Cormorant Books, 2010: 50-59. Rpt.

“’Yours Be the Speech’: Ronald Johnson’s Milton.” Ronald Johnson: Life and Works, Joel Bettridge and Eric Selinger, eds. Orono: National Poetry Foundation (2008): 73-98

“Guy Davenport’s Pastorals of Childhood Sexuality.” Curiouser: Essays in Pre-Adolescent Sexuality, Steven Bruhm and Natasha Hurley, eds. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004: 325-44

“’Wince and Sing:’ Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘In the Village.’” Elizabeth Bishop’s Art of Place and Memory, Sandra Barry, Gwen Davies and Peter Sanger, eds. Halifax: Gaspereau Press, 2001: 175-86

“Obstetric Rhetoric and Tropes in Beckett.” The Beckett Papers, Anthony Jenkins and Juliana Saxton, eds. Victoria, B.C.: U of Victoria P, 1997: 76-85

“’My Real Smash’: Elenctic Negation in Henry James’ The Ambassadors,” in Negation, Critical Theory and Postmodern Textuality, Daniel Fischlin, ed. Amsterdam:Klewer, 1994: 137-59


recent review essays

“Robert Walser, UncannyMiniaturist on the Move.” The EuropeanLegacy 28:5 (winter 2023): 533-38

 “These Books Were Made for Walking.” The European Legacy 28:3-4 (Spring2023): 410-16

“Elementary Beckett.” Irish Studies Review 30.2 (Spring 2022):222-27

“At Home with Beckett: Notes from the Lockdown.” Journal of Beckett Studies 29.2 (2020): 261-67.

 “Elegies for Theory.” The Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 46.1 (July 2019): 164-70

“Samuel Beckett in Theory and Practice.” Irish Studies Review 24:2 (May 2016):224-29

Samuel Beckett, The Collected Letters of Samuel Beckett. Modernism/ modernity 22:1 (March 2015): 183-91

“Echoes of Samuel Beckett.” Irish Studies Review 22.4 (December 2014): 590-97

recent reviews

Annabel Abbs, Windswept: Walking the Paths of TrailblazingWomen. The European Legacy 28:6(spring 2023): 675-68

Galina Kiyushina, ed. Samuel Beckett and Technology. Litteraria Pragensia 32:63 (June 2022):103-11

Ben Green, The Smart Enough City. The European Legacy 27:6 (Winter 2021):645-47

Geoff Hamilton, A New Continent of Liberty: Eunomia inNative American Literature from Occom to Erdrich.The European Legacy 27:5 (Fall 2021):512-14

Alan Warren Friedman, Surreal Beckett. Irish Studies Review 29:3 (Winter 2021): 396-99

Édouard Magessa O’Reilly, The Making of Samuel Beckett’s Molloyand Dirk Van Hulle, The Making of Samuel Beckett’s Fin de Partie. European Legacy 27:5 (Winter 2020):490-93

Anthony Cordingley, Samuel Beckett’s How It Is: Philosophy inTranslation. Comparative Literature Studies 57.4 (fall 2020): 775-77

Jonathan Bate, How Classics Made Shakespeare. The European Legacy (winter 2020)

S.E. Gontarski, Revisioning Beckett: Samuel Beckett’s Decadent Turn. Irish Studies Review28.1 (February 2020): 146-49.

Rhys Tranter, Samuel Beckett’s Late Stage. The European Legacy 24.7 (spring 2020):246-51.

Christopher Langlois, Samuel Beckett and the Terror of Literature.The Comparatist 43 (October 2019): 382-85.

Dirk Van Hulle and Pim Verhulst,eds. The Making of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Enattendant Godot’ and The Making of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Malone meurt’.Irish Studies Review 27.1 (Feb 2019):153-56.

En attendant Godot in a Montreal Hourglass.” Journal of Canadian Irish Studies (winter 2018)

Justin H. Smith, The Philosopher: A History in Six Types.The European Legacy  23.7-8 (fall 2018): 872-74.

Samuel Beckett, The Letters of Samuel Beckett, vol. IV:1966-89. Irish Studies Review26.2 (May 2018): 281-84.

David Thompson, The Travels, 1848 Version and The Collected Writings of Pierre-EspritRadisson vol. II. Canadian Literature 232(Spring 2017): 175-77.

Alain Badiou, Pierre Bourdieuet al. What Is A People? The European Legacy 23:1-2 (February 2018).

Bethany Hicok, Elizabeth Bishop’s Brazil. Modernism/modernity 24:2 (April 2017):405-8.

Charles Altieri, Reckoning with the Imagination. Modernism/modernity 23:3 (September 2016):706-9.

Oh les beaux jours à Montréal.” The Beckett Circle (September 2016)

Patrick O’Neill, Transforming Kafka. Canadian Literature  226(Autumn 2015): 236-40.

Matthew Feldman, ErikTonning and Henry Mead, eds. Broadcastingin the Modernist Era.         Modernism/modernity 22:4 (November2015): 839-42. 

Michael Harris, The End of Absence. Canadian Literature 224 (Spring 2015): 124-26.

Jan Wilm und Mark Nixon, Hgr. Beckett und die deutsche Literatur. Journal of Beckett Studies 24.1 (April 2015): 142-48

Gianni Vattimo, The Responsibility of the Philosopher. The European Legacy 20: 4 (April 2015): 217-21

Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, Endarkment: Selected Poems. Matrix (April 2015): 64-71

Sherry Simon, Cities in Translation. English Studies in Canada 40:2-3 (March2015): 216-20

Francesco Bono, a cura di. Mann/Visconti: Un Confronto. Modernism/modernity 21:4 (Nov. 2014): 936-41

Yves Lamonde, The Social History of Ideas in Québec 1760-1896. Canadian Literature 222 (Autumn 2014): 168-71

Participation activities

Conference papers (peer reviewed)

Recent Invited Lectures

“Walking towards Genre onthe Concordia Campus.” Concordia U, Montreal QC, 22 Oct. 2022

“James Joyce from Home Ruleto the European Community.” Embassy of Ireland, Ottawa, ON, 15 May   2022

“Joycean Anniversaries.”McGill U, Montreal, QC, 13 June 2022

“A Chair in Professional Development.” Centre for Teaching & Learning Symposium, Concordia U, Montreal, QC, 31 Jan. 2020

“Precarious Labour in English Departments.” Canadian Ass. of Chairs of English Conference, U of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C., 31May 2019.

“Diversity in Academic Leadership.” Canadian Ass. of Chairs of English Conference, U of British  Columbia, Vancouver B.C., 30 May 2019.

“Codes of Conduct, Modes of Misconduct.” Canadian Ass. of Chairs of English Conference, U of Regina, Regina, Sask, May 26 2018

“What You Learn about Chairing by Playing Santa.” Canadian Ass. of Chairs of English Conference, U of Regina, Regina, Sask, May 25 2018

 “Le sens de la marche montréalaise.” Centre de recherches interdisciplinaires en études montréalaises, McGill U, Montreal, QC,26 April 2018

“Around the Mountain with Hugh Hood.” The Writers’ Chapel, Montreal, QC 3 Oct. 2017

“A Few Don’ts for Diversity Hiring.” Canadian Association of Chairs of English, Ryerson University, Toronto ON, 26 May 2017

“In the Wake of Ulysses.” School of Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia University, 16 June 2016

“Converge or Merge?Interdisciplinarity and Departmental Mergers.” CACE Annual Conference, University of Calgary, 27 May 2016

“Lines Made from Walking.”Ogden Glass Memorial Lecture, Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, QC, 10 March 2016

“Oral Formulaic as Collagist Composition, from Homer to Eliot,” Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, QC,  9 March 2016

“Closing Remarks: Monstrous Impositions,” Graduate English Colloquium, Concordia University, 5  March 2016

“Eros and Archive: Irving Layton,” panel organizer and speaker, Concordia University, 1 Dec. 2015

“Mordecai Then and Now: Richler on Set.” Concordia U, 25 September 2015

“Beckett’s Joyce.” School of Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia U, 15 June 2015

“Wilde, Joyce, Stoppard.” Segal Centre for the Performing Arts, Montreal, 12 April 2015

“Beckett: Pilgrim’s Gress.” Dept. of English Faculty Colloquium, Concordia U, 30 January 2015

“Beckett’s Walking Cure.”Ireland and Psychoanalysis conference, St. Mary’s U, Halifax N.S., 23 August 2014

“Cognitive Ulysses.” McCord Museum, Montreal, 14 June 2014

“Postwar American Classics and Classicism.” U of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom, 8 July 2012

“Breaking the ‘Law of Contradiction.’” U of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 25 April       2012

Recent Conference Papers

“Samuel Beckett: Pilgrim’s Gress.” ACCUTE conference, YorkU, Toronto, 30 May 2023

“The Chair of EDI.” Canadian Association of Chairs ofEnglish conference, York U, 26 May 2023

“Sound Walks, Sounds Walk.”SpokenWeb conference, Concordia U, Montreal, QC, 18 July 2021          

 “‘From fairest creatures we desire das Mehr’: Paul Celan TranslatesShakespeare.” Modern Poetry Symposium,U of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 16 April 2021

“Montreal Streetwalking.”Quebec Studies conference, Bishop’s U, Sherbrooke, QC, 13 April 2021

“Elizabeth Bishop’s Oils.”Comparative Literature Annual Conference, U of Toronto, 5 Nov 2020.

“‘Hors d’ici, c’est la mort’: the Epidemics of Samuel Beckett.” At Home with Beckett, Online Conference, 9 May 2020.

“Beckett Reads Italian Romanticism.” Beckett and Italy, Reading U, Reading UK, 6 Nov. 2019

“The Anxiety of Confluence:Moore, Bishop, Plath.” ACCUTE Conference, U British Columbia, Vancouver B.C., 2 June 2019

“In Defense of the Academic Code of Conduct” ACCUTE Conference, U of British Columbia,    Vancouver B.C., 1 June 2019

“Walking Time.” Comparative Literature Annual Conference, U of Toronto, Toronto Ont., 29 March  2019

“The Montreal Pedestrian Narrates.” ACCUTE Conference, U of Regina, Regina Sask., May 27 2018

“La Flâneuse Montréalaise.” International Conference on Narrative, McGill U, Montreal             QC,April 20, 2018

“Beckett: Within the Normal.” Beckett Studies Annual Conference, St. Mary’s U, Halifax NS, July 29 2017

 “Elizabeth Bishop’s Animals.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, Ryerson U, Toronto ON, 29 May 2017

“Montreal Fiction Afoot.”Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, U of Calgary, Calgary, May 28 2016

“Beckett’s ‘Minor Key’Romanticism.” Ass. of Cdn. College and U Teachers of English, Brock U, St. Catherine’s, May 25 2014

“Maritime Elizabeth Bishop.”Thomas Raddell Memorial Conference, Acadia U, Wolfville NS, 6 July 2013

“Beckett’s Footfalls.”Samuel Beckett: Forms and History conference, St. Mary’s U, Halifax, 28 June 2013

“Sebald and Heaney on Pilgrimage.” MLA convention, Boston,6 Jan. 2013

“Let your digits do the walking: Pedestrian Art, Digital Technology.” New Directions in the Humanities Conference, Montreal,14 June 2012

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