Dr. Alissa G. Karl

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Dr. Alissa G. Karl

Associate Professor
(585) 395-2342
Office: 236 LAB

Teaching and Creative Interests: 20th century British and Anglophone Literature, Modernisms, Literature and Economics, the Nation and Nationalism in Literature, the Novel in the 20th Century


  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 2005
  • M.A., University of Manchester (UK), 1999
  • B.A., George Washington University, 1998

Teaching and Creative Interests

  • Twentieth century British and transatlantic literature and culture
  • Transatlantic Modernisms
  • Literature and Economics
  • Consumer culture
  • Contemporary British fiction
  • Literature and the nation

Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor of English, State University of New York College at Brockport, 2014-present
  • Assistant Professor of English, state University of New York College at Brockport, 2007-2014
  • Acting Instructor, Dept. of English, University of Washington, 2005-2007
  • Teaching Assistant and Research Fellow, Dept. of English, University of Washington, 2000-2004

Research & Teaching Specializations

  • Modern and Contemporary British, Anglophone, colonial and Postcolonial Literatures
  • Cultural Studies of Economics and Finance
  • The novel
  • Literature, the nation-state and globalization
  • Critical Theory and Cultural Studies



Modernism and the Marketplace: Literary Culture and Consumer Capitalism in Rhys Woolf,  Stein and Nella Larsen. New York: Routledge, 2009.

Articles and Book Chapters

"The Zero Hour of the Neoliberal Novel." Forthcoming in Textual Practice as part of the "Neoliberalism and the Novel" special issue (2015) ed. Allissa Karl and Emily Johansen

"The Novel in the Economy." Forcoming in The English Novel 1900-2000: Text and Theory, ed. Christoph Reinfandt. DeGruyter Handbook Series in English and American Studies (2016).

"Things Break Apart: James Kelman, Ali Smith, and the Neoliberal Novel." In Reading  Capitalist Realism, ed. Leigh Claire La Berge and Alison Shonkweiler. Iowa city: University of Iowa Pres, 2014.

"'Bank Talk', Interpretation and Financial Markets." "Fictions of Finance" special issue of The Journal of Culture Economy 6.1 (2013), ed. Peter Knight.

"A Little Fiction is Good for You: Currency Crisis, the Nation State, and Waugh's African Texts" Modern Fiction Studies 58.2 (Summer 2012): 261-83.

"Rhys, Keynes, and the Modern(ist) Economic Nation." Novel: A Forum on Fiction 43.3 (Fall 2010): 424-42.

"Waiting for Crisis: Casino Royale, Financial Aesthetics and National Narrative Form." in Criticism, Crisis and Contemporary Narrative: Textual Horizons in an Age of Global Risk. Ed. Paul Crosthwaite, New York: Routeledge, 2011.

"Modernism's Risky Business: Gertrude Steiin, Sylvia Beach and American Consumer Capitalism." American Literature 80 (March 2008): 83-109.

"Goldfinger's Gold Standard: Negotiating the economic nation in mid-twentieth century Britain." The International Journal of Cultural Studies 11 (June 2008): 177-192.

Editorial Projects

"Neoliberalism and the Novel." A special journal issue forthcoming in Textual Practice, co- edited with Emily Johansen (2015).


Review of Carey James Mickalites' Modernism and Market Fantasy, forthcoming in Modern  Fiction Studies (2013).

Review of Robert J. Balfour (Ed.), Culture, Capital and Representation. Review of English Studies 62 (2011): 672-73.

Review of Jenny McDonnell's Katherine Mansfield and the Modernist Marketplace. KatherineMansfield Studies 3 (2011): 127-29.

Review of Ronald Berman's Modernity and Progress: Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Orwell, and Jennifer Poulos Nesbitt's Narrative Settlements: Geographies of British Women's Fiction Between the Wars. Studies in the Novel 39 (Winter 2007): 498-501.

Under Preparation

  • Novels, Machines and the 20th Century Economic Imaginary (book)
  • "The Extra-Capitalist Extreme" (article)
  • "Assessing the Neoliberal Student: Higher Ed Policy and Economic Subjectivity" (article)


  • British, Anglophone and Transatlantic Literature Courses
  • Contemporary British Literature (MA seminar, SUNY Brockport)
  • Modern British Literature (MA seminar and undergraduate)
  • 20th and 21st Century British Literature (traditional and hybrid online/in-person)
  • The modern Novel
  • The Contemporary Novel
  • Survey of British Literature, 1800-present
  • Introduction to Modern and Postmodern Literature

Topic and Genre Courses

  • Historical Fictions (senior capstone seminar, SUNY Brockport)
  • James Bond, History and Politics (senior capstone seminar, SUNY Brockport)
  • Economy, Crisis and Literature (senior capstone seminar, SUNY Brockport)
  • Consuming Literature, Literary Consumption (senior capstone seminar, University of Washington)
  • Literature and/as Economics in the Twentieth Century (senior capstone seminar, University of Washington)
  • Women writers
  • Techniques of the Novel (traditional and hybrid online/in-person
  • Introduction to Literature and Culture: Consumerism

Theory, Criticism and Analysis Courses

  • Critical Approaches to Literature (SUNY Brockport)
  • Introduction to Literary Analysis (SUNY Brockport)

Composition Courses

  • Advanced Composition (SUNY Brockport)
  • College Composition (first-year, SUNY Brockport)
  • Introduction to Expository Writing (first-year, University of Washington
  • Educational Opportunity Program Expository writing (University of Washington)

Professional Affiliations

  • Modern Language Association
  • Society for Novel Studies
  • American Compartive Literature
  • Modernist Studies Association
  • British Society for Literature and Science
  • Society for Literature, Science and the Arts

Curriculum Vitae

Last Updated 8/13/18

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