• Julie Napolin

    Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities


    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. 

    Degrees Held:

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

    Professional Affiliations:

    Digital Yoknapatawpha, Associate Director
    William Faulkner Society
    Joseph Conrad Society of America
    American Comparative Literature Association

    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)

    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

    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

    Current Courses:

    Listening to America

    Epistemology of Listening

    Intro to Literary Theory

    Independent Study (Open Campus)

    Ind Senior Project (Open Campus)


    The Reality of Fiction