Nathan Frank

Office Hours: Fall 2019 — Mondays 12:30-2 p.m. at Grit on Elliewood (and by appointment)
Class Schedule: TuTh 9:30-10:45
Research Interests
Modern and Contemporary American Fiction; Global Anglophone; Literary Theory; Literature & Religion; Speculative Realisms & Feminist Posthumanisms; U2 Studies


“Representation, Interrupted: Scriptural Appeal as Technique for Doubting in Contemporary Novels”



  • “Of Non-Mice and Non-Men: Against Essentialism in Joshua Ferris’s The Unnamed.” Disability Studies Quarterly, TBD.
  • “Ontoflecting through U2.” Forthcoming in Diffractive Reading: New Materialism, Theory, and Critique. Ed. Kai Merten. Expected 2020/21 from Rowman & Littlefield.
  • “Literary Neutrinos and the Hot Dark Matters of Doctorow’s City of God.” Forthcoming in E.L. Doctorow Reconsidered. Eds. Michael Wutz and Julian Murphet. Expected January 2020 from Edinburgh University Press.
  • “How Karen Tei Yamashita Literalizes Feminist Subversion:  Extreme Domesticity, Space-Off Reversals, and Cybernetic Resistances in Tropic of Orange.” Forthcoming in a special issue of Humanities, “Negotiating Spaces in Women’s Writing,” eds. Eleonora Rao and Robert Tally, Jr. Spring 2018. Online <>
  • “The Mind of Then We Came To The End: A Transmental Approach to Contemporary Metafiction.” Explorations of Consciousness in Contemporary Fiction. Eds. Grzegorz Maziarczyk and Joanna Teske. Amsterdam: Brill Rodopi, 2017.
  • “Recrafting Israel: Toward an Ethnotechnical Conception of the Nation.” Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches. Vol. 23.3 (August 2015): 316-339.
  • “Remapping the Present: Dave Eggers’s Spatial Virtuality and the Condition of Literature.” Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture. Vol. 14.4 (2014). Online < Frank.shtml>
  • “The Geoframe: Pedagogy for Education Abroad.” NAFSA: Global Studies Literature Review. No. 7 (May 2016): 1-6. Online <>
  • “ecoLove in an Age of Already.” The Kudzu House Quarterly (The Kudzu Scholar Edition). Vol. 5.3 (2015): 34-46. [Review essay of Arthur Kroker’s Exits to the Posthuman Future (2014) and Timothy Morton’s Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World (2013)]  
  • “Arthur Kroker’s ‘Beautifully Tangled Knot’ of Contingency, Complexity and Hybridity.” The Kudzu House Quarterly (The Kudzu Scholar Edition). Vol. 4.2 (2014): 37-40. Online <> [Review essay of Arthur Kroker’s Body Drift: Butler, Hayles, Haraway (2012)]
  • “Diamond Wheels and Machetes: The Political Praxis of Prosthesis.” Rocky Mountain Review, 67.1 (Spring 2013): 61-66. Online <>


Conferences and Papers

  • “I, Theorist: Accrediting the ‘Wild Imagination’ of Northanger Abbey.” Constructing Experience: Narrative Innovations Across Time and Media (graduate conference), University of Virginia. Panelist for “Eager Imaginings: Female Authors and Narrative Hegemony,” moderated by Natalie Thompson.
  • “The Mind of Then We Came To The End: A Transmental Approach to Contemporary Metafiction.” Narrative 2017 Conference, Lexington, KY. Panelist for “Cognition and Representation,” moderated by Lisa Zunshine.
  • “Preparing Professors: Varying Approaches to Developing Faculty for International Programs.” NAFSA Region II Conference, St. George, UT. Co-delivered with Sara Robinson (University of Wyoming).
  • "Breeding Monsters Out of Nature: How a Pedagogy of Inversion Transforms Humanity in Diderot and Beyond.” Subject to Change: Nature, Text, and the Limits of the Human (graduate conference), University of Virginia. Keynote Timothy Morton.
  • “Diamond Wheels and Machetes: The Political Praxis of Prosthesis.” Rocky Mountain MLA. University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.



  • Rachel Manin Weiner Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow in Jewish Studies at University of Virginia
  • Recipient of Travel Grant from the Department of English, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Winner of the 2012 “Charles Davis Award for the Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation at the RMMLA Convention”
  • “Masters International Scholarship” recipient, University of Otago


Service and Professional Activity

  • Scholarly Editor for The Kudzu House Quarterly
  • MA Class Representative for English Student Graduate Council at University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Organized lecture at the University of Colorado at Boulder campus for Michael Hardt, Professor of Literature at Duke University
  • Organized lecture at the University of Colorado at Boulder campus for Robert Patman, Professor of International Relations at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, to present findings of his recent book, Strategic Shortfall: The Somalia Syndrome and the March to 9/11