Sean Latham - Faculty & Adjuncts

Sean Latham, PhD

Sean Latham, PhD
Director of Oklahoma Center for the Humanities
Director of Oklahoma Center for Humanities
College of Arts & Sciences
English and Creative Writing
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PhD – Brown University AM – Brown University BA – Swarthmore College


Sean Latham's teaching and research focus on modern literature and culture with a particular focus on major figures like James Joyce and Bob Dylan. He is the author or editor of nine books that explore topics like snobbery, genre fiction, libel law, and modernism.

For the last six years, he has also served as the Director of the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, where he has helped organize over 150 public scholarship projects that seek to address pressing challenges in our communities. The Center now serves as a hub for collaborative, interdisciplinary research that explores topics like indigenous rights, racial profiling, artificial intelligence, and food insecurity.

Latham also serves as Editor of the James Joyce Quarterly and Director of the TU Institute for Bob Dylan Studies. Currently, he is at work on a book that explores Dylan creative life.

Research Interests

Modern Literature and Culture
Bob Dylan
James Joyce
Science Fiction
Popular Music

Teaching Interests

Modern Literature and Culture
Public Humanities
James Joyce
Bob Dylan



  • Latham , S. The World of Bob Dylan. 2021.
  • Latham , S., and G. Rogers. The New Modernist Studies Reader: An Anthology of Essential Criticism. 2021.
  • (with Gayle Rogers) Modernism: History of an Idea. London: Bloomsbury, 2015. (cloth and paper)

  • Co-Editor (with Gayle Rogers). New Modernist Studies Series. London: Bloomsbury, 2014-17 (10 volumes contracted)

  • The Art of Scandal: Modernism, Libel Law, and the Roman à Clef. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009 (paperback 2012). (Portions translated into French and published as “Réaltié, fiction et plaisir,” in Roman à clés: Les ambivalences du reel, Presses Universitaires de Liège, 2014).

  • Hosmer , B., and S. Latham. The World of Bob Dylan. Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • The Art of Scandal: Modernism, Libel Law, and the Roman à Clef. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009 (paperback 2012). (Portions translated into French and published as “Réaltié, fiction et plaisir,” in Roman à clés: Les ambivalences du reel, Presses Universitaires de Liège, 2014).

  • Joyce’s Modernism. Dublin: National Library of Ireland Monograph Series, 2005. (paper)

  • Am I a Snob?” Modernism and the Novel. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003. (cloth and paper)

Journal Articles

  • Make It Useful: The Modernist Journals Project and Medium Data. Modernism/modernity, 2018.
  • “The Mess and Muddle of Modernism: The Modernist Journals Project and Modern Periodical Studies,” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 30.2 (Fall 2011): 407-428.

  • “‘Cyril Connolly’s Horizon and the End of Modernism,” Modernist Magazines: A Critical and Cultural History, Peter Brooker and Andrew Thacker eds., (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), 865-874.

  • “The Rise of Periodical Studies” (co-authored with Robert Scholes), PMLA 121.2 (March 2005): 517-531.

  • Latham , S. New Age Scholarship: The Work of Criticism in the Age of Digital Reproduction. Vol. 35, New Literary History, 2004, pp. 411-26.
  • “Introduction” to Volume 6. The Modernist Journals Project: The New Age Edition. Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University. April 2003 (17 pp.).>

  • “Hating Joyce Properly.” Journal of Modern Literature. 26.1 (Fall 2002): 119-131.

  • “A Portrait of the Snob: James Joyce and the Anxieties of Cultural Capital.” Modern Fiction Studies. 47.4 (Winter 2001): 774-799.

  • “Introduction” to Volume 1. The Modernist Journals Project: The New Age Edition. Editor, Volume One. Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University. October 1999 (33 pp.).

  • “Jim Bond’s America.” Mississippi Quarterly, Special Faulkner Issue. 51 (1998): 453-464.

Book Chapters

  • Latham , S. “The Ache of the Everyday”. Cambridge Companion to James Joyce, 2022.
  • Latham , S. “Joyce in the World”. The New Joyce Studies, Cambridge University Press, 2022.
  • Latham , S. “Songwriting”. The World of Bob Dylan, 2021.
  • Latham , S. “Industrialized Print: Modernism and Authorship”. Cambridge Handbook of Authorship, Cambridge UP, 2019.
  • Latham , S. “It’s Not Alright With Me: Thinking Twice about Bob Dylan in the Magazines”. New Approaches to Bob Dylan, New Approaches to Bob Dylan, 2019.
  • Hosmer , B., and S. Latham. “Partnerships”. The World of Bob Dylan, Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • “Renovated Vitality: Joyce’s Twenty-First-Century Contexts,” Joyce in Context, John McCourt ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).

  • “An Impossible Resignation: Faulkner and the Colonial Imagination,” in Richard Moreland ed., A Companion to William Faulkner (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007), 252-268.

  • “The Nameless Shamelessness of Ulysses: Libel and the Law of Literature” Scandalous Fictions: The Twentieth-Century Novel in the Public Sphere, Jago Morrison and Susan Watkins eds., (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). 27-47.

  • “Playful Reading: Finnegans Wake I.6 and Game Theory,” Finnegans Wake: Polyvocal Explorations, Kimberly Devlin and Christine Smedley eds., University of Florida Press, 2014.

  • “Serial Modernism,” A History of the Modernist Novel, Gregory Castle ed., Cambridge University Press, 2014.

  • “Unpacking My Digital Library: Programming Modernist Magazines,” Editing Modernisms in Canada, Colin Hill and Dean Irvine eds., Toronto University Press, 2013.


Journal Article Reviews

  • Rev. of Pink Pirates: Contemporary American Women Writers and Copyright by Caren Irr. Modern Language Quarterly 73.1 (2012): 117-121.

Broadcast Medias

Book Reviews

  • Rev. of Joyce, Medicine, and Modernity by Vike Plock. Modernism/modernity 18.1 (2011): 185-187.

  • Rev. of The Little Magazine “Others” and the Renovation of American Poetry by Suzanne M. Churchill. American Periodicals. 18.1 (2008): 136-138.

  • “Speculative Modernism.” Rev. of Modernism and the Culture of Celebrity by Aaron Jaffe. James Joyce Literary Supplement. 20.1 (Spring 2006): 8-9.

  • Rev. of Engaging Modernity: Readings of Irish Politics, Culture and Literature at the Turn of the Century, ed. Michael Böss and Eamon Maher. Irish Studies Review 13.1 (February 2005): 133-35.

  • Rev. of The Difficulties of Modernism by Leonard Diepeveen. Modern Fiction Studies 50.2 (Summer 2004): 516-517.

  • Rev. of James Joyce, Sexuality and Social Purity by Katherine Mullin. Modernism/Modernity 11.2 (April 2004): 361-63.

  • “What Bogeyman’s Trick is This?” Rev. of Ghostwriting Modernism by Helen Sword. James Joyce Literary Supplement 16.2 (2002): 19-20.

  • “Future Present.” Rev. of The Future of Modernism, ed. Hugh Witemeyer. James Joyce Literary Supplement 12.2 (1998): 18-19.


  • Editor, with Mark Gaipa and Robert Scholes, The Little Review Ulysses. Yale University Press, 2015. (cloth and paper)

  • Editor, Cambridge Companion to Ulysses. Cambridge University Press, 2014. (cloth and paper)

  • “An Accidental Editorship.” James Joyce Quarterly, 50.1 (2013): 279-282.

  • “Introduction,” to JJQ 50, the anniversary issue of the James Joyce Quarterly, 50.1 (2013): 7-20.

  • Editor, Dubliners: A Longman Cultural Edition. New York: Pearson-Longman, 2010. (paper)

  • Editor, James Joyce: Visions and Revisions. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2009. (cloth and paper)

  • “Reply.” PMLA 121.5 (October 2006): 1743.

  • “General Introduction” to Dana: An Irish Magazine of Independent Thought. The Modernist Journals Project. March 2005 (15 pp.).

  • “Interview with Sean Latham.” Jacob’s Ladder: An Anthology Underground. Ed. Tim Miller. Macon, GA: Six Galleries Press, 2004.

  • “Kenner’s Voices.” James Joyce Literary Supplement. 18.1 (Spring 2004): 15-16.

  • “The Masses.” Dictionary of Literary Biography: American Radical and Reform Writers. Volume 303. Ed., Steven Rosendale. Detroit: Gale Group. 395-402.

  • “Raising the Wind,” editorial column in James Joyce Quarterly, 2001- Numerous biographical and critical notes in Modernist Journals Project.

Courses Taught

  • Qualifying Exam Preparation
  • Senior Project
  • Directed M.A. Research; Directed Writing
  • Dissertation
  • Internship
  • Special Topics in English Literature
  • Reading American Culture
  • Modernists Texts and Contexts
  • Literature and Film
  • Independent Study

Professional Affiliations

  • Modernist Studies Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • International Association for the the Study of Popular Music
  • International James Joyce Foundation

Awards & Honors

  • TURC Outstanding Mentor Award
  • Segal Distinguished Professorship
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Tulsa Outstanding Research Award
  • MSA Book Prize Short List
  • Outstanding Teacher Award