Kate Marshall's first book, Corridor: Media Architectures in American Fiction (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), she shows how the banal circulation technologies underlying modern life -- such as corridors, plumbing systems, duct work, and highways – become dynamic media forms in the modern American novel. Her research brings together literary and material history and employs concepts drawn from German media and systems theory to describe the modernity emerging in American literature of the late 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Marshall’s work has been published in literary journals such as NOVEL and Studies in American Fiction, as well as in specialized interdisciplinary venues. She has lectured at the architecture school at the ETH in Zurich and co-organized an international conference on media and architecture in Weimar, Germany, funded by the Thyssen Research Foundation. 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. 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.
How to Be an Alien: Ian Bogost’s “Alien Phenomenology, or, What It's Like to Be a Thing”
A punchy, provocative take on the “nonhuman turn.”...