Nathan Frank

Research Interests
Modern and Contemporary American Fiction; Global Anglophone; Literary Theory; Literature & Religion; Speculative Realisms & Feminist Posthumanisms; U2 Studies


"The Apocryphal Thought"



  • "Mystical Emulations, Inverted Echoes: 'Adonai Is Mistaken' and the 'God Minus' Reinterpretation of Nietzsche." CR: The New Centennial Review. Special Issue, "Religion in the 21st Century." Ed. Morgan Shipley. Forthcoming 2022.
  • "Viewing the World through Lucy Corin's 'Eyes of Dogs'." Frontiers of Narrative Studies. Vol. 6.2 (January 2021): 191-212.
  • Ontoflecting through U2.” Diffractive Reading: New Materialism, Theory and Critique. Ed. Kai Merten. Rowman & Littlefield, 2021. <>.
  • "Remapping the Present: Dave Eggers’s Spatial Virtuality and the Condition of Literature.” In Spatial Literary Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Space, Geography, and the Imagination. Ed. Robert Tally, Jr. Routledge, 2020.
  • “Of Non-Mice and Non-Men: Against Essentialism in Joshua Ferris’s The Unnamed.” Disability Studies Quarterly, June 2020.
  • “Literary Neutrinos and the Hot Dark Matters of Doctorow’s City of God.” E.L. Doctorow: A Reconsideration. Eds. Michael Wutz and Julian Murphet. Edinburgh University Press, 2019.
  • “How Karen Tei Yamashita Literalizes Feminist Subversion:  Extreme Domesticity, Space-Off Reversals, and Virtual Resistances in Tropic of Orange.” Humanities, Special Edition. “Negotiating Spaces in Women’s Writing,” eds. Eleonora Rao and Robert Tally, Jr. February 2019 <>
  • “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.
  • “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

  • "The Apocryphal Thought." Rocky Mountain MLA, Boulder. Panelist for "Literature and Religion," October 2021. Moderated by Lucien Darjeun Meadows.
  • "Reconciling New Materialism with Object-Oriented Ontology: Toward an Ontology of the Wedge." Materialisms: Reconciliations in the Present (graduate conference), Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature University of Minnesota. Virtual on Zoom (April 2021). Panelist for "New Materialisms." Keynotes Rocío Zambrana and Grant Silva.
  • "America Engulfed in a 'Retrograde, All Around': Diffracting U2's 'Ordinary Love' through Pearl Jam's 'Retrograde' (and Vice Versa)." U2Con 2020, Virtual on Whova/Zoom (October 2020). Panelist for "Ordinary Love in Extraordinary Times: America's Urgent Need to Learn from the Past," moderated by Angela Pancella.
  • “Reimagining Scripture as a Technique for Doubting in Contemporary Novels." 51st NeMLA Convention, Boston. Panelist for "Help Thou My (Un)Belief: Reading Belief in 20th- and 21st-Century American Fiction," moderated by Sara Judy.
  • “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.



  • Nominated for the 2020 David D. Anderson Award for Outstanding Essay in Midwestern Literary Studies for "Of Non-Mice and Non-Men: Against Essentialism in Joshua Ferris's The Unnamed"
  • 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

  • Co-organizer of U2Con 2020 (; moderator/facilitator of various U2Con 2020 panel sessions and keynotes
  • Peer Mentor for New ENWR 1510 Instructors, AY 2020-2021
  • 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