Napolin, Julie Beth


Julie Beth Napolin
B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, Hampshire College
M.A., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley

My work participates in the emerging field of sound studies, focusing on discourses of listening and acoustics in 20th and 21st-century literature, philosophy, media, and music.  I am interested in American and British modernism, the work of Faulkner and Conrad in particular, and what practices and philosophies of listening in the 20th century and beyond can tell us about the modernist novel as form.  I am also interested in the digital humanities as an emerging discipline, and how new media practices can unlock the sounds and voices of modernism. I am a radio producer, practicing musician, and core-collaborator of “Digital Yoknapatawpha,” an online mapping of the works of Faulkner. 
Courses Taught:
The Epistemology of Listening in Film and New Media
Audiotopias: Hearing the Nation in Literature
Recent Publications:
"'Ravel out into the No-wind No-sound': The Audiophonic Form of As I Lay Dying" in Fifty Years After Faulkner, edited by Jay Watson, forthcoming.
"A Sinister Resonance: Vibration, Sound, and the Birth of Conrad's Marlow" (forthcoming in Qui Parle, fall 2012 and Vibratory Modernism (ed. Shelley Trower, Palgrave, 2013)
Office Location:
65 W. 11th St. 063
Office Hours:
Wednesdays 3:30-5:30 and by appointment
Phone Number/Extension:
212.229.5100 x2258


Research Interests:
Modernist studies 
Conrad and Faulkner 
Sound and the archive 
Theories of subjectivity and memory 
Music and literature
Rhetoric and literature
Race and literature
Professional Affiliations:
Digital Yoknapatawpha, Associate Director
William Faulkner Society
Joseph Conrad Society of America
American Comparative Literature Association
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
"Lending a Voice: Rosa Coldfield's Transembodied Media Acoustics," Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, 2012
"'Continued Vibration'': Conrad, Faulkner, and the Aural Physics of the Novel," MLA, the Conrad and Faulkner Societies joint panel, 2012
"Miscegenating Sound: Literary History and the Howl in Faulkner," MSA, 2010 
Awards and Honors:
The Joseph Conrad Society of America Bruce Harkness Young Scholar Prize, 2013.
Mellon Fellow, 2000-2001
Jacob K. Javits Fellow, 2001-2005

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