Graduate Student Profile

Alison Pearl

Contact Information


Biographical Sketch

Ali is a PhD Candidate and Doctoral Fellow in English Literature at the University of Southern California. She works mainly in the digital humanities addressing issues of comparative media and digital scholarship. She received her MA in English Literature from the University of Utah where she taught composition, and she received her BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado Denver. Aside from Digital Humanities, she is obsessed with furniture, ampersands, amateur photography, aquariums, music, modern & contemporary art, the desert, the desert, the desert, and repetition.


  • BA English, Univ Colorado - Denver, 05/2009
  • MA English, Univ Utah, 05/2012


Summary Statement of Research Interests

  • I explore the ways in which technology has historically affected narrative, how it currently affects narrative, and how narrative will be affected even further as new technologies allow for new narrative possibilities. I am interested in seeing how narrative consciousnesses evolve from codex-bound texts like Beckett’s The Unnamable through digital texts like Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries’ “Bust Down the Doors!” I also consider how this type of investigation can extend to literary criticism. Technology affords us the opportunity to explore the boundaries of literary criticism and create innovative critiques that engage with the technologies of the texts that critics of contemporary literature consider. I am attempting to use the technologies of digitally experimental texts to critique those texts on their own terms.

Research Keywords

  • Digital Humanities, Modern & Contemporary Literature, Multimedia, Narrative

Conference Presentations

  • Organizer and moderator: “(di)visions of the page: (dis)connecting digital and analog,” &Now Festival of New Writing: Tomorrowland Forever! University of California, San Diego, 10/2011
  • Presenter: “Exploring the Labyrinth: Typography and Reader Engagement in House of Leaves,” AAAS Pacific Division, “New Languages for New Realities: Literature, Poetry, Hypertext," University of San Diego, 6/2011


  • Book Review
    Pearl, A. R. (2013). 13 Notes for Reading Mario Benedetti’s The Rest is Jungle & Other Stories. Quarterly West.

Service to the Profession

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Fiction Reader, Quarterly West, 01/2011-05/2012  
  • Fiction Editor, Copper Nickel, 06/2008-06/2009  
  • Fiction Reader, Copper Nickel, 08/2007-05/2008  

Professional Memberships

  • HASTAC, 2012-2013   



  • USC Dornsife Department of English
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Taper Hall of Humanities 404
  • University Park
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354
  • Fax: (213) 741-0377