Kate Marshall


Associate Professor

Specialty: 20th- and 21st-Century American Literature, Media and Technology, Critical Theory

Degree: PhD, UCLA

Kate Marshall’s work focuses on narrative, systems, and mediation in American fiction from the late nineteenth century to the present. She is co-editor of the Post45 book series at Stanford University Press, and serves on the steering committee of the Post45 editorial collective. She is also on the faculty of the History and Philosophy of Science at Notre Dame.
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.

Recent Publications

  • Corridor: Media Architectures in American Fiction (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).
  • “Atlas of a Concave World: Game of Thrones and the Historical Novel.” Critical Quarterly (2015).
  • “What Are the Novels of the Anthropocene? American Fiction in Geological Time.” American Literary History (2015).
  • Editor, with Tobias Boes, “Writing the Anthropocene.” Special issue of the minnesota review (2104).
  • “Waiting for the Plague: A Field Report from Contemporary Serialization.” The Iowa Review (2014).
  • “How to Be an Alien.” Los Angeles Review of Books (2013).
  • “Dreiser’s Stamping Room: Becoming Media in An American TragedyNOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 46.2 (2013).
  • “Cyclonopedia as Novel (a meditation on complicity as inauthenticity)” in Leper Creativity, ed. Ed Keller, Nicola Masciandaro, and Eugene Thacker. Brooklyn, NY: Punctum Books, 2012.
  • “Sewer, Furnace, Airshaft, Media: Modernity Behind the Walls in Native Son and Manhattan Transfer.” Studies in American Fiction 37.1 (2010).


Recent Honors / Awards

  • Dorothy Lee Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Culture, awarded to Corridor: Media Architectures in American Fiction by the Media Ecology Association, 2014
  • National Humanities Center, Summer Institutes in Literary Study Fellowship (2012, 2013)
  • Thyssen Foundation Grant, 2011 (with Markus Krajewski and Stephan Trüby, “Dienstbarkeitsarchitekturen”)
  • Faculty Fellow, DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) Interdisciplinary Summer Seminar, University of Chicago, 2009


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