Nicholas Fargnoli

  • Why I Love Teaching at Molloy College

    The simplest answer is our students, who provide the opportunity to enrich their lives and who provide meaning to mine.  Molloy students are respectful of one another and of all who work here.  When they are engaged in service to various communities, they are well received because of their genuine willingness to help.

  • Academic Interests

    My general academic interests lie in promoting the vital importance of studying the humanities and in establishing the fundamental role that the humanities play in shaping our culture, society, and personal lives.

    My specific interests focus on the writings of James Joyce and William Faulkner, and on the study of ethics.

  • What I am working on

    In addition to working on re-establishing the prominence of the humanities in a liberal education, I am studying the conversion of St Augustine with an eye to writing about it.

  • Educational Philosophy

    Expect the best of students by demanding the most of yourself.

  • Educational Background
    • Ph.D. Theology and Literature, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • M.A. Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
    • B.A. English Literature, St. Francis College (now the University of New England), Biddeford, Maine


    • Goethe Institute, Berlin, Germany
    • The C. G. Jung Institute of Analytical Psychology, Zurich, Switzerland
    • Union Theological Seminary, New York City
    • The State University of New York at Albany
    • Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York

  • Additional Information

    Why a degree in one of the disciplines in the Humanities makes sense for you:
    At Molloy College, the following eight disciplines are housed in the Division of Humanities: Art, Communications, English, Interdisciplinary Studies, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, and Theology and Religious Studies.  Students who earn bachelor's degrees in any of these disciplines have many options available to them because their programs stress the essential values associated with higher education: critical and creative thinking, critical assessment of texts, cogent reasoning, excellence in writing and speaking, and proficiency in information literacy.

    Perhaps these reasons contribute to the fact that recent national surveys have shown that humanities majors score impressively high on various tests such LSAT (Law School Admission Test) and GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test).  Employers also consistently rate communication skills as crucial to their hiring decisions.  These skills are emphasized in the humanities and are central to a solid education, the foundation for any career. 

    Humanities encompass the spirit of who were are.  Whatever disciple we choose in the humanities, we touch upon transformative possibilities.  (For more information, see the websites of the individual departments listed above.)

    Distinctions and Awards

    • 2016 Alumni Achievement Award, granted by St. Francis College and University of New England Alumni Council on 15 October 2016.
    • Faculty Leadership Award, Molloy College (27 April 2010)
    • Distinguished Faculty Award, The Molloy College Alumni Association (October 2007)
    • Recipient of the Faculty Research Achievement Award (16 May 2007)
    • Recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci Award, The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, Wyndmoor, PA (4 May 2007)
    • Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching, Molloy College (1992)
    • Distinguished Service Award, Molloy College (1992)
    • Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching, Molloy College (1984)


    • Director of a Multi-Media Grant from The American Council of Learned Societies (1997-1999)
    • Baccalaureate Address, Cathedral College (1986)
    • Convocation Address, University of Dallas (1977)

    Memberships (selected):

    • The James Joyce Society (President; see
    • The International James Joyce Foundation
    • The Finnegans Wake Society of New York (Founder)
    • Ulysses Reading Group (Founder)
    • The American Association of University Professors

  • Publications/Presentations

    Publications (selected):

    James Joyce's Exiles: A Critical Edition (co-edited with Michael Patrick Gillespie). Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2016.

    "Edmund Lloyd Epstein," James Joyce Literary Supplement (Fall 2012), 8.

    "Orpheus Rebound:  The Voice of Lament in Joyce's Poetic Consciousness."  In The Poetry of James Joyce Reconsidered, ed. Marc C. Connor.  Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2012, 170-186.

    "Memory and the Eucharistic Metaphor in Joyce.  Hǽc quotiescúmque fecéritis, in mei memóriam faciétis" (co-authored with Michael Patrick Gillespie).  In A Joyceful of Talkatalka from Friendshapes for Rosa Maria Bollettieri Bosinelli, vol 1, ed. Raffaella Baccolini, Delia Chiaro, Chris Rundle and Sam Whitsitt.  Studi Interdisciplinari su Traduzione, Lingue e Culture 15.  Bononia UP 2011, 259-267.

    Structure and Synopsis of Ulysses (co-authored with Michael Patrick Gillespie). In Parallaxe, pp. 39-44.  Edited by Michael Grossmann.  Munich, 2011.

    "Ethics and International Relations in Today's Classrooms without Borders" (co-authored with Colette Mazzucelli). Carnegie Council: The Voice for Ethics in International Affairs, July 14, 2010.  (A print form of this article also appears in Minerva #37, October 2010, pp. 18-21, published by the World Federalist Institute of Citizens for Global Solutions.)

    Critical Companion to William Faulkner (co-authored with Michael Golay and Robert W. Hamblin; a substantial revision of William Faulkner A to Z).  New York: Facts On File, 2008.

    William Faulkner: A Literary Companion (edited). New York: Pegasus Books, 2008.

    Critical Companion to James Joyce (co-authored with Michael Patrick Gillespie; a substantial revision of James Joyce A to Z).  New York: Facts On File, 2006.

    Ulysses in Critical Perspective (co-edited with Michael Patrick Gillespie).  Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2006.

    James Joyce's Catholic Moments.  Dublin: The National Library of Ireland, 2004. (Monograph No.10 in the Library's series Joyce Studies 2004.)

    James Joyce: A Literary Reference, (edited).  New York: Carroll & Graf, 2003 (paperback edition of the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 247:  James Joyce: A Documentary Volume.  Detroit: The Gale Group, 2001. 

    "Oral History: B. W. Huebsch." Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook: 1999, pp. 193-219.  Detroit: The Gale Group, 2000.

    James Joyce, A to Z (co-authored with Michael Patrick Gillespie).  New York: Facts On    File, 1995.  London: Bloomsbury, 1995.  (Paperback edition: Oxford University Press, 1996; translated into Japanese and Serbian).

    On Moral Grounds: The Art/Science of Ethics (co-author with Daniel C. Maguire).  New York: Crossroad, 1991.  (Paperback edition: Crossroad, 1996; now published by McGraw-Hill, 1999; translated into Italian.)

    "A-taufing in the Wake: Joyce's Baptismal Motif."  James Joyce Quarterly, vol 20 (Spring 1983), 293-305.

    Book Reviews (selected):                  

    "Even Homer Nods, but Not So Comically . . . or Productively," review of Errears and Erroriboose: Joyce and Error, ed. Matthew Creasy.  European Joyce Studies 20, Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2011.  James Joyce Literary Supplement (Fall 2012) 9-10.

    John McCourt, The Years of Bloom: James Joyce in Trieste1904-1920, and James Joyce: A Passionate Exile. Two books reviewed in James Joyce Quarterly, 38 (Spring/Summer 2001) 519-522.

    Giorgio Melchiori: Joyce's Feast of Languages: Seven Essays and Ten Notes. Reviewed in James Joyce Quarterly, 35 (Winter/Spring 1998) 527-534.

    Robert S. Paul: What Ever Happened to Sherlock Holmes?: Detective Fiction, Popular Theology, and Society. Reviewed in Studies in Short Fiction, 29 (Summer 1992) 405-406.

    David Stern: Parables in Midrash: Narrative and Exegesis in Rabbinic Literature. Reviewed in Studies in Short Fiction, 29 (Winter 1992) 135-136.

    Jean Porter: The Recovery of Virtue: The Relevance of Aquinas for Christian Ethics. Reviewed in The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 6 (1993) 330-331.