Pardis Dabashi

Pardis Dabashi is Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her current book manuscript, Moving Images, examines the ways Hollywood cinema turned conventional plot into a site of intense affective investment for modernist writers otherwise committed to rejecting it on political and social grounds.


Dear Nella: What Did You See?

Dear Nella,

I was terribly disappointed that you didn’t get here last week. And I was furious with myself for mentioning the damned wedding to you because it turned out that I didn’t go. People kept coming in and then deciding not to go on to the wedding, so we were here until eight o’clock. Then we went out to dinner. It was very amusing too because the sandwiches kept getting fewer and fewer, and I kept rescuing them from hungry guests and saying firmly, “You’ll have to leave some for Nella Larsen Imes and Elmer.” Then when you didn’t appear they accused me of trying to save the food.