Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs Assistant Professor of English
Kate Marshall’s research brings together literary and material history to describe the modernity emerging in American literature of the late nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. She is the author of Corridor: Media Architectures in American Fiction (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), winner of the Dorothy Lee Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Culture. Corridor shows how the banal circulation technologies underlying modern life–such as corridors, plumbing systems, duct work, and highways–become dynamic media forms in the American novel.
Marshall is currently working on a monograph, Novels by Aliens, which examines the relations between contemporary literary experiments in nonhuman narration and theoretical debates about the category of the nonhuman, and shows how these forms of thinking and writing have an important and overlooked history in the old, weird American fiction of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
In addition to being concurrent faculty in the American Studies department, she also serves on the faculty of Notre Dame’s History and Philosophy of Science graduate program and is a fellow at the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. She sits on the board of the Post45 collective (http://post45.research.yale.edu).
Office: 218 Decio Faculty Hall
CDT 30320 Technologies of the American Novel (ENGL 30000 level)