Dr Molly Wallace

PhD University of Washington

On leave 1 July 2014–30 June 2015

Contact Information

Office: Watson 434
Office Hours:
Extension: 74421
E-mail: wallacem@queensu.ca

Research Interests

Twentieth- and twenty-first-century US literature (particularly fiction), risk society, literature and environment, science studies, theories of the animal and animality, cultural studies, and theories of globalization and the transnational.

Recent Publications

  • “Discomfort Food: Analogy, Biotechnology, and Risk in Ruth Ozeki’s All Over Creation,” Arizona Quarterly (forthcoming).
  • “Will the Apocalypse Have Been Now? Literary Criticism in an Age of Global Risk,” Criticism, Crisis, and Contemporary Narrative: Textual Horizons in an Age of Global Risk, ed. Paul Crosthwaite (New York: Routledge, forthcoming).
  • “War Is for the Birds: Birding Babylon and the ‘Military-Industrial-Environmental Complex,’ ” Cultural Critique 76 (Fall 2010).
  • “Reading Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis after Seattle.” Contemporary Literature 50.1 (2009).


My current project puts contemporary US fiction in conversation with UN reports, government documents, popular nonfiction, and film in order to trace the ways in which US culture has responded to the globalization of environmental risk (from atomic fall-out to the greenhouse effect).