Assistant Professor II of English

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Fine Arts 334

Ph.D., English, University of California, Riverside
M.A., English, Arizona State University
B.A., English, emphasis on creative writing, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Nowell Marshall specializes in critical theory, Romantic and Gothic literature, and the history of gender, sexuality, and emotion. His book Romanticism, Gender, and Violence: Blake to George Sodini (Bucknell University Press, 2013) theorizes the social and psychological causes of depression and violence in people who over invest in gender norms from the late eighteenth century to the present.

He is currently writing two more books. The first, Gothic Whiteness: Race and Monster Narratives, theorizes the relationship between excessive whiteness, gender, sexuality, and monstrosity, spanning from late 18th-century British literature through Romantic and Victorian texts to contemporary American Gothic authors such as Anne Rice. The second project, Trans/Textuality: Trans Narratives in Gothic Literature, explores how and why Gothic authors strategically appropriate the transgender body.

Dr. Marshall has also published in 20th-century British literature (Virginia Woolf), contemporary American literature (Andrew Holleran), post-9/11 bodily rhetorics in cybercultural communities (City of Heroes), and has an article forthcoming on the postapocalyptic science-fiction film Death Race.

He teaches the gateway theory survey for English majors (ENG 240), upper-division literature courses in 19th- and 20th-century literature (American post-1900, British 1780-1900), core literature courses for non-majors, occasional courses through the Gender and Sexuality Studies and American Studies programs, and courses in the composition sequence. He has recently developed ENG 375 Literature and Sexuality, a new course for majors is offered across a variety of periods, and ENG 275 Posthumanism: Bodies and Technology in Literature, a course that introduces non-majors to the concept of posthumanism in speculative and futuristic literature.


  • ENG 375 Literature and Sexuality
  • ENG 356 The Literary History of Sexuality
  • ENG 353 Contemporary (Postmodern) American Literature
  • ENG 352 20th-Century American Literature
  • ENG 345 Romantic Literature, 1780-1830
  • ENG 275 Posthumanism: Bodies and Technology in Literature
  • ENG 240 Methods of Literary Analysis
  • ENG 221 Literature and Psychology
  • ENG 220 Hidden Worlds: Literature, Society, and Escapism
  • ENG 214 Monsters in Literature: Romantic Monstrosity and Its Legacy
  • GND 400 The Literature of AIDS
  • GND 300 Feminist Literary Criticism
  • AMS 214 American Gothic
  • CMP 125 Research Writing
  • CMP 120 Expository Writing