356 O'Shaughnessy Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
kmarshall (at) nd.edu
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Current Projects

My book, Corridor: Media Architectures in American Fiction, is forthcoming with the University of Minnesota Press. Corridor argues that the dominant topoi of modern American fiction, such as the infrastructure, transit networks, and corridors that organize domestic and institutional space, can be best understood as media, for it is in these figures that novels encode their own communicative processes.

My current work is devoted to two new projects: the first, Novels by Aliens, is a study of character, interiority and the novel that draws on a surging interest in recent literary fiction in the not-quite-human narrative focalizer. This frequent phenomenon in contemporary novels begins a discussion of the alienation always present in the transfer of interiorities presumed by narrative fiction, and how the categories of personhood have been breaking down in various forms throughout the history of the novel in ways that these contemporary crises make visible. I am also collaborating with Tobias Boes on a collection of essays devoted to the media of the anthropocene era.

Recent Publications

"Dreiser's Stamping Room." Forthcoming in NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction (2013).

“Cyclonopedia as Novel (a meditation on complicity as inauthenticity),” forthcoming in Leper Creativity, ed. Ed Keller, Nicola Masciandaro, and Eugene Thacker. Brooklyn, NY: Punctum Books, 2012, pp.129-138.

Sewer, Furnace, Airshaft, Media: Modernity Behind the Walls in Native Son and Manhattan TransferStudies in American Fiction Volume 37, Number 1, Spring 2010, pp. 55-80

“Reading Corridors in Electronic Literature.” Commissioned electronic companion piece for Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary, ed. N. Katherine Hayles. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008. (http://newhorizons.eliterature.org)

“Prodigal Sun: Bataille, Delillo, Expenditure.” Scale 8+9 (Summer/Fall 2004), special issue: “Apocalypse,” pp. 41-51.

“Future Present: Nanotechnology and the Scene of Risk,” in Nanoculture: Implications of the New Technoscience for Literature, Art, and Society, ed. N. Katherine Hayles. Bristol: Intellect Books, 2004, pp. 147-159.