Words in action: English Department faculty bring science and literature expertise into ND HPS

Author: Jessica Baron

Highlighting the strength in science & literature at Notre Dame

Laura Dassow Walls

William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English

Laura Walls new photo

Research includes:

  • literature and natural science in 19th-century America, especially Thoreau, Emerson, Melville, and Poe, along with Alexander von Humboldt, Charles Darwin, and Louis Agassiz.
  • scientific language in literature, literary language in science
  • conceptual shifts in literature and science
  • human/animal boundaries
  • materialism and transcendence

 

Most recent book: The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America (winner of the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell Prize, the Organization of American Historians’ Merle Curti Award for the best book in American intellectual history, and the Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book Prize from the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts)
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Kate Marshall

Assistant Professor of English

Kate Marshall

Research includes:

  • material infrastructures and literary modernisms
  • nanotechnology and literature
  • contemporary critical theory

Teaching includes:

  • technology and the novel
  • human and posthuman narration
  • literary materialisms

Forthcoming book: Corridor: Media Architectures in American Fiction
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Christopher Fox

Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and Director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies

Christopher Fox

 

Research includes: 

  • literature and science
  • eighteenth-century studies  
  • Irish studies

 


Publications includeInventing Human Science: Eighteenth Century Domains; Psychology and Literature in the Eighteenth Century
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John Sitter

Mary Lee Duda Professor of Literature

John Sitter


Research includes:

  • ecological criticism and sustainability studies
  • eighteenth-century studies
  • ecological consciousness in English poetry prior to Romanticism
  • relations of ecological and poetic theory



Most recent bookCambridge Introduction to Eighteenth-Century Poetry
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Yasmin Solomonescu

Assistant Professor of English

Yasmin Solomonescu


Research includes:

  • the relationship between literature and natural philosophy
  • Romantic-era materialism
  • Romantic literature, spy networks, and surveillance





Current book project: John Thelwall and the Materialist Imagination 
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Matthew Wilkens

Assistant Professor of English

Matthew Wilkens

Research includes:

  • contemporary American fiction, digital and computational literary studies
  • allegory, event, and encyclopedism in the 1950s and '60s
  • new techniques of computational and quantitative cultural analysis, including literary text mining, geolocation extraction, and network analysis
  • mapping the literary landscape of the American nineteenth century

His recently completed book: Revolution: The Event in Modern Fiction 
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See his blog at mattwilkens.com

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