Dr. Stephen Sicari
661 Thomas Avenue
Baldwin, N.Y. 11510
1986 Doctor of Philosophy (English Literature and Languages),
1983 Master of Arts (English Literature and Languages), Cornell
1979 Bachelor of Arts, Manhattan College, Summa cum laude.
July 1997-Present, Chair, Department of English, St. John’s
September 2002-Present, Professor, Department of English, St.
September 1996- 2002, Associate Professor, Department of English,
St. John’s University
September 1996-2006, Director, Doctor of Arts Program in
September 1992-August 1996-Associate Professor, Department of
English, Adelphi University
September 1986-August 1992- Assistant Professor, Department of
English, Adelphi University
Faculty Recognition Award, St John’s University, Summer 2013
Outstanding Faculty Medal, St John’s University, June 2009
Merit Award, St. John’s University, 2011
Merit Award, St. John’s University, 2004
Professor of the Year, Student Government, Inc., April 2002.
Merit Award, St. John’s University, Summer 2001
Summer Research Grant, St. John’s University, Summer 1999 (full
Summer Research Grant, St. John’s University, Summer 1997 (1/2
English Professor of the Year, awarded by Sigma Tau Delta,
Nominated as Teacher of the year by the Student Government
Association, May, 1996.
Merit Award for scholarship, Adelphi University, granted in Summer
Three-year Continuing Fellowship, Cornell University, Summer and
The Martin Sampson Teaching fellowship, awarded in recognition of
excellence in teaching, Cornell University, 1984.
Sage Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University, 1980-81.
Medals for highest achievement in the Liberal Arts, in Literature,
and in Philosophy, awarded by Manhattan College, 1979.
Member, Phi Beta Kappa, Manhattan College, 1979.
Modernist Humanism and the Men of 1914: Joyce, Lewis, Pound, and
Eliot. University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, S.C.,
Joyce’s Modernist Allegory: Ulysses and the History of the
Novel. University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, S.C.,
Pound’s Epic Ambition: Dante and the Modern World. State
University of New York Press, Albany, N.Y., 1991 (in paper and hard
Chapters in Books:
“Repetition in Modern Fiction: From Paralysis to Hope,” in
Reading Texts, Reading Lives: Essays in the Tradition of Humanistic
Cultural Criticism of Daniel R. Schwarz, edited by Daniel Morris
and Helen Maxson. Newark, Delaware: University of Delaware Press,
“Pound After Pisa,” in Pound in Context, edited by Ira Nadel.
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
“Pound’s Modernist Allegory,” in Dante e Pound, a collection of
essays published by the Opera di Dante, Ravenna, Italy, 1998.
“Modernist Theologies,” CrossCurrents Volume 62, issue 4 (Winter
2012), pp 396-423.
“The Fifth Decad of Cantos,” in The Ezra Pound Encyclopedia,
edited by Demetres Tryphonopoulos and Stephen Adams. Westport, CT:
Greenwood Press, 2005.
“Reconstructing Nature: Pound as Archaeologist,” Paideuma,
“Rereading Ulysses: ‘Ithaca’ and Modernist Allegory,” Twentieth
Century Literature, Fall 1997.
“Poetry and Politics in Pound and Yeats” Paideuma, Volume 19,
number 3 (Winter 1990), 65-78.
“ ‘Sirens’ and Purgatorio II: Bloom in Purgatory,”
Twentieth-Century Literature, Volume 36, number 4 (Winter 1990),
“The Epic Ambition: Reading Dante,” Paideuma, Volume 19, number
3 (Winter 1990), 65-78.
“History and Vision in Pound and Dante: A Purgatorial Poetics,”
Paideuma, Volume 19, numbers 1 & 2 (Spring and Fall 1989),
“In Dante’s Wake: T.S. Eliot’s ‘Art of Memory,’” CrossCurrents,
Volume xxxviii,, number 4, (Winter 1988-89), 413-34.
“Reading Pound’s Politics: Ulysses as a Fascist Hero,” Paideuma,
volume 17, numbers 2 & 3, (Fall and Winter 1988), 145-68.
“The Secret of Eleusis, or How Pound Grounds his ‘Epic of
Judgment,’’’ Paideuma, volume 14, numbers 2 & 3, (Fall and
Winter 1985), 303-321.
Review of Pound in Purgatory by Leon Surette, in American Jewish
Studies, Winter 2001.
Review of Joyce, Dante, and the Poetics of Literary Relations by
Lucia Boldrini, in James Joyce Quarterly.
Presentations at Professional Meetings:
“Never Such Innocence Again: The Persistence of Hope in Cormac
McCarthy’s The Road,” a paper delivered at the Northeast Conference
on Religion and Literature, held at Brooklyn College, November 8
& 9, 2013.
“The Need for a Modernist Humanism,” an invited lecture at the
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC,
June 29, 2011.
“The Christian Imagination: Bloom and the Vulgar Body” a paper
delivered at the International Joyce Conference, “Return to
Ithaca,” held at Cornell University, June 15 – 18, 2005.
“Pound as Archaeologist: Reconstructing Nature,” a paper
delivered at the National Poetry Foundation’s Conference on the
Literature of the 1950’s, held June 18-21, 1996 at the University
of Maine, Orono, Maine.
“In Dante’s Memory: The Medievalism of Pound, Eliot and Joyce,”
an invited paper given at the Biblioteca Classense, International
Seminar on Pound and Dante, September 8-10, 1995, Ravenna,
Chair and respondent, Literature Session, World War II
conference, held at Siena College, May 31-June 2, 1994.
“Let’s Mock the Mockers,” an invited lecture delivered as the
keynote address at the induction ceremony for Phi Beta Kappa,
Manhattan College, April, 1994.
“The Poet and Propaganda: Pound’s Radio Broadcasts,” a paper
delivered at the American Literature Association Conference held
May 28-30, 1993 in Baltimore, Maryland.
“The Theme of Nostalgia in Homer and Virgil,” an invited lecture
given at Manhattan College, December 2, 1992.
“The Dark Dove with Flickering Tongue: T.S. Eliot’s Meditations
on War in Four Quartets, a paper delivered at the World War II
Conference, held June 4-5, 1992 at Siena College.
“The Tower as Symbol of Exile in the Poetry of W.B. Yeats,” a
paper delivered as the Central New York MLA, held October 20-22,
1991 at SUNY Cortland.
“Writing Paradise: Pound’s late Cantos and Dante’s Paradiso,” a
lecture delivered at the 14th International Ezra Pound conference,
held July 1991 at Brunnenburg, Tirolo di Merano, Italy.
“Poetry and Politics in Pound and Yeats,” a paper delivered at
the 13th International Ezra Pound Conference (“A Pound-Yeats
Celebration Conference”), held August 9-12, 1990, University of
Maine, Orono, Maine.
“Ezra Pound in 1940: The Poet, Propaganda, and the Radio,” a
paper delivered at the World War II Conference, May 31-June 1,
1990, at Siena College.
Pound’s Epic hero: Homer, Virgil and Dante in The Pisan Cantos,”
a paper delivered at the Mid-Hudson MLA conference, held November
27,28, 1989, at Marist College.
“Importing Fascism: Ezra Pound in 1939,” a paper delivered at
the World War II Conference, held June 1989 at Siena College.
Chair, “Comparative Literature” session of the Adelphi
University Conference on “The Image,” held February 25, 1989, at
Chair and respondent, “The Exile in Literature,” a session of
the Mid-Hudson MLA Conference, held December 1-2, 1988 at Marist
“Memory and Desire in Four Quartets,” a paper delivered at “T.S.
Eliot: A Literary Symposium,” held April 18-19, 1988, at the
University of New Hampshire.
“The Wanderer as Prophet: Aeneas’ Role in The Pisan Cantos,” an
invited lecture delivered at Manhattan College’s “Dante Seminar,”
March 21, 1988.
“Pound and Dante: Ulysses’ Return Home,” a paper delivered at
the Mid-Hudson MLA Conference, December 1, 1987, at Marist
“Pound’s Politics: Ulysses as Fascist Hero,” a lecture delivered
at Adelphi University, March 19, 1987.
“Pound and Dante: A Lyrical History,” a paper delivered at the
“Twentieth-Century Literature Conference,” September 20-21, 1986,
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:
Modern Language Association
Ezra Pound Society
James Joyce Society
COURSES TAUGHT IN PAST FIVE YEARS:
Major Author: Ezra Pound
Major Author: T. S. Eliot
Major Author: Wallace Stevens
Major Author: James Joyce
The Christian Imagination
Allegory and Epic
Modern World Literature
Introduction to English Studies
Introduction to Literary Theory
Literature in a Global Context (University Core)