Eugene Paul Nassar

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Eugene Paul Nassar (20 June 1935 - 7 April 2017), was Professor of English Emeritus of Utica College, Utica, New York, the author of several books of literary criticism in the close analysis tradition of his teachers, John Crowe Ransom at Kenyon College, Christopher Ricks at Oxford University, Arthur Mizener of Cornell University, and his critical model and mentor, Cleanth Brooks. He wrote long studies of the figural images in Wallace Stevens,[1] the lyric passages in The Cantos of Ezra Pound,[2] and of Hart Crane’s The Bridge, along with numerous essays in criticism of poems, drama and fiction. He also edited an anthology of the illustrations to Dante’sInferno,”[3] various essays in sociological criticism, essays and reviews in many journals, and several books. He held the Rhodes Scholarship and a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Nassar wrote a memoir of growing up in a Lebanese Christian family in the Italian-American neighborhood of East Utica, NY, entitled Wind of the Land.[4] Dr. Nassar was founder and former Director of the Ethnic Heritage Studies Center at Utica College. His Papers, which include many items—such as notices and reviews of his work— are housed in the Archives of Utica College.



  • Wallace Stevens: An Anatomy of Figuration. Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, (1965). 2nd printing in 1968.
  • The Rape of Cinderella: Essays in Literary Continuity. Indiana Univ. Press, (1970)
  • Selections from a Prose Poem: East Utica. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. Limited edition, published at The Widtman Press, Utica, NY. With woodcuts by Robert Cimbalo. (1971)
  • The Cantos of Ezra Pound: The Lyric Mode. Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, (1975). 2nd printing, 1976.
  • Wind of the Land: Two Prose Poems. A.A.U.G. (1979)
  • Essays: Critical and Metacritical. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Press, (1983)
  • Illustrations to Dante's Inferno. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Press, (1994)
  • A Walk Around the Block: Literary Texts and Social Contexts. Ethnic Heritage Studies Center. (1999)
  • Local Sketches. Ethnic Heritage Studies Center. (2003)
  • My World, My Time: More Local Sketches. Ethnic Heritage Studies Center. (2012)


  • Grace Ione Spencer: Portrait of an Uncommon Woman. with Harry Jackson. Utica College, 1977.
  • The Family Structure in Islam. Hamudah Abdalati. The American Trust, 1977.
  • Vignettes of Old Utica. Judge John Walsh. Utica Public Library, 1982.
  • Annotated Index to the Syrian World, 1926-32. with John Moses. I.H.R.C., Univ. of Minnesota, 1994.
  • Ethnic Utica. with James Pula. Ethnic Heritage Studies Center, Utica College, 1994, 2nd ed. 2001.
  • History of Utica College: The First Twenty-Five Years. Harry Jackson. Utica College Archives.
  • Welsh Imprints of Central New York. Ethnic Heritage Studies Center, Utica College 1996, 2nd ed. 1998.
  • Mount Allegro. Jerre Mangione. Syracuse University Press 1998.
  • Fiorentino. Ethnic Heritage Studies Center, 2003.
  • Rufie: A Political Scrapbook. Ethnic Heritage Studies Center, 2009
  • The Graphic Art of Robert Cimbalo. Ethnic Heritage Studies Center, 2010


Articles appeared in: College English, Renascence (2), Paideuma, Mosaic, American Oxonian, Melus, Syracuse Scholar (2), New York Folklore, Bulletin of Research in the Humanities, Dictionary of American Immigration History, Virginia Quarterly Review, Dante Studies(3).Dante Encyclopedia, Ambassador. Mohawk Valley History (7), Utica Observer-Dispatch (42).

Reviews appeared in: Essays in Criticism (2), Wallace Stevens Journal, Modern Age (5), Sewanee Review, Italian America.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lentricchia, F.: "Wallace Stevens : An Anatomy of Figuration", p.201. Poetry Magazine, December, 1966.
  2. ^ Ellmann, R.: "The Cantos of Ezra Pound", p. 25. New York Times Book Review, April 14, 1976.
  3. ^ Himmel-Farb, H.: "Art et Litterature", p. 25. Gazette des Beaux-Arts, July / August, 1995.
  4. ^ Majaj, L.: "Arab-American Literature: Origins and Developments". American Studies Journal, Winter 2008.

External links[edit]

  • [1] Vanderbilt Library Special Collections
  • [2] Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize
  • [3] The Eugene Paul Nassar Ethnic Heritage Studies Center
  • [4] List of Rhodes Scholars
  • [5] Appreciation of Professor Cimbalo as Teacher